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DVD/Stream of the Week: THE BIG SICK

The Must See romantic comedy The Big Sick is the closest thing to a perfect movie this summer. Kumail Nanjiani (Dinesh in Silicon Valley) plays a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian whose parents insist on arranging a marriage with a Muslim Pakistani … Continue reading

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LADY BIRD: genuine and entirely fresh

In Greta Gerwig’s triumphant debut as a writer-director, Lady Bird, Saoirse Ronan plays Christine, a Sacramento teen in her final year of high school. I’ve seen lots of good coming of age movies and lots of high school movies, but … Continue reading

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THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (NEW AND SELECTED): who cares and why?

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), writer-director Noah Baumbach’s latest family comedy, is entirely character-driven (usually a very good thing). We really don’t see anything on screen that isn’t intended to reveal something about a character – a man’s lack … 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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THE TRIP TO SPAIN: 100 minutes of laughs, travel, food in a 115-minute movie

In The Trip to Spain, comics Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan play caricatures of themselves assigned to a gourmet road trip, just as in The Trip and The Trip to Italy.  Both masters of impressions and improvisation, the amiable Brydon … Continue reading

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THE BIG SICK: best American movie of the year so far

The Must See romantic comedy The Big Sick is the closest thing to a perfect movie this summer.  Kumail Nanjiani (Dinesh in Silicon Valley) plays a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian whose parents insist on arranging a marriage with a Muslim Pakistani … Continue reading

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THE LITTLE HOURS: sex comedy from your Western Civ class

The amusingly naughty but forgettable comedy The Little Hours is based on the dirty fun in your Western Civ class, Boccaccio’s The Decameron.   A hunky young lad goes on the lam after cuckolding a local lord and hides out in … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: LAND HO! – rowdy geezer roadtrip to Iceland

Here’s a really fun movie. Land Ho! features a vibrant and irascible geezer who conscripts an old friend into a rowdy road trip to – of all random places – Iceland. It’s a showcase for Earl Lynn Nelson, who essentially … Continue reading

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THE WOMEN’S BALCONY: a righteous man must keep his woman happy

A community of women in a traditional culture revolt in the delightfully smart and funny Israeli comedy The Women’s Balcony.   The balcony in a small Jerusalem synagogue  collapses, and the building is condemned.  The old rabbi’s wife is seriously injured, … Continue reading

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RADIO DREAMS: stranger in a strange and funny land

The droll dark comedy Radio Dreams explores the ambivalence of the immigrant experience through the portrait of a flamboyant misfit, a man who rides the roller coaster of megalomania and despair. That misfit is Hamid Royani (Mohsen Namjoo), the director … Continue reading

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