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THE UNKNOWN: even geniuses have an off-day

The Belgian writer-director brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardennes are among my very favorite filmmakers.  Their movies about everyday people in gritty industrial Belgium have been startlingly authentic and emotionally  gripping.  However, their latest, The Unknown Girl, is a bit of … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: SHORT TERM 12 – compelling and affecting, in the world of foster kids

The compelling and affecting Short Term 12 is set in a foster care facility unit named Short Term 12; since the kids can live there for years, it seems pretty long-term to me. These are kids who have suffered abuse … Continue reading

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The films of Taylor Sheridan

The actor Taylor Sheridan has written three recent films, and he has emerged as one of America’s most important filmmakers.  The three movies are Sicario, Hell or High Water and Wind River (which is his directorial debut – I’m not … Continue reading

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LUCKY: Harry Dean Stanton and the meaning of life

Let’s not bury the lede: Lucky is Harry Dean Stanton’s last film. Lucky was written for Harry Dean, and the main character is reportedly not dissimilar to Stanton. Here’s my Harry Dean Stanton remembrance. Lucky is a vivid portrait of … Continue reading

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HARRY DEAN STANTON

I’ve been traveling and haven’t had a chance until now to recognize the life and career of the actor Harry Dean Stanton, who died this month at the age of 91. Coincidentally, Harry Dean was on my mind because I … Continue reading

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LOGAN LUCKY: amiable hillbilly heist

There’s not much to say about Stephen Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, except that it’s a benign and sporadically entertaining two hours at the movies. A couple of down-on-their-luck West Virginia brothers, played by the always appealing Channing Tatum and Adam Driver, … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: ELLE – subversive and absorbing, with Huppert’s stunning performance

The extraordinary performance of French actress Isabelle Huppert makes the already subversive Elle into a Must See. Huppert plays the middle-aged businesswoman Michèle, who is raped in her home in the first seconds of this movie. Elle is likely to … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: GONE GIRL – 2014’s best Hollywood movie

In the marvelously entertaining Gone Girl, Ben Affleck plays Nick, a good-looking lug who can turn a phrase. At a party one night, he’s on his A game, and he snags the beautiful Amy (Rosamund Pike). She’s smarter, a good … Continue reading

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coming up on TV: rock concerts in their time

On September 21, Turner Classic Movies presents five movies with some of the most unforgettable rock concert footage: Monterey Pop (1968):  This is one of the few DVDs that I still own, for the performances by Mamas and the Papas, … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

Do your self a favor and make sure that you see the best of this summer: The contemporary Western thriller Wind River, which has mystery, explosive action, wild scenery and some great acting, especially by Jeremy Renner and Gil Birmingham. … Continue reading

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