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DARK PHOENIX

DARK PHOENIX

By Victoria Alexander The homoerotic farewell to what the X-MEN has really been about – the unresolved passion between Xavier and Magneto. The competition between the Marvel and DC superheroes has stalled at Everest’s Base Camp 4. Who will get to the top first? Who turns back? Of Marvel’s 28 major superheroes, Jean Greg, a.k.a. […]

Review: THE AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Review: THE AVENGERS: ENDGAME

By Victoria Alexander Chris Hemsworth walks off with the 3-hour extravaganza. The talking rodent comes in second. Remember early Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.)? As played by Downey, Tony was bitchy, filled with bravado, egotistical and pranced around showing off his toys and limo driver. Finally, because he’s a braggart, proclaims at a press conference, “I am […]

Movie Review: US

Movie Review: US

By Victoria Alexander Jordan Peele does the miraculous: his follow up to GET OUT does not cheat his fans. And if you can dope out the twist, it’s terrific. The two people I saw US with couldn’t understand the twisty ending. I tried to explain how clever it was under the logic of a horror movie. […]

MARY POPPINS RETURNS Review

MARY POPPINS RETURNS Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic Blunt plays an arch, aloof and sly Mary Poppins. And Miranda can rap but not sing. There is no chemistry between them. I never saw the 1964 Disney classic (quelle horreur!), so I can easily review MARY POPPINS RETURNS without referencing or comparing it to the original. I do not […]

ROMA Movie Review

ROMA Movie Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic I felt bad for the family dog. The Las Vegas Film Critics Society – of which I am a member – named Alfonso Cuaron’s ROMA it’s Best Picture for 2018. Unlike Cuaron, I have “childhood amnesia.” Cuaron has lovingly and in obsessive detail reimagined his childhood growing up in Mexico […]

Movie Review: MARIA BY CALLAS

Movie Review: MARIA BY CALLAS

By Victoria Alexander Raw and very revealing. Whole arias are presented showing exactly what made Callas an icon and, in her own words, a tragic figure. What is astonishing about MARIA BY CALLAS is how sad and unhappy she was. The documentary goes through the well-known episodic milestones in Maria Callas’ life. A life of bitter […]

Movie Review: THE FRONT RUNNER

Movie Review: THE FRONT RUNNER

By Victoria Alexander Like refusing to show the planting of the American flag on the moon in THE FIRST MAN, the infamous Monkey Business photo is missing in THE FRONT RUNNER. Whose agenda is being served? What I came away with after seeing THE FRONT RUNNER was, no matter how Hugh Jackman tried to temper his characterization […]

Movie Review: IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Movie Review: IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

By Victoria Alexander A failed allegory is driven by TAXI DRIVER’S music and TD’s evocative gritty cinematography. Bad acts are okay if you are poor. Writer-director Barry Jenkins follows his sensational Academy Award Best Picture win for MOONLIGHT with IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, an adaptation of the 1974 novel by James Baldwin. I understand the importance […]

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

By Victoria Alexander Melissa McCarthy’s brave performance, Charlize-Theron-like acting jewel, deserves an Academy Award nomination. What I love: The scene at the end of CAN YOU FORGIVE ME?  When Hollywood stars of Melissa McCarthy’s stature do a real person role, in the end, because the star wants you to leave the theater remembering her beauty, she […]

SUSPIRIA Review

SUSPIRIA Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic Not a horror movie. A psychological thriller with a strong, unique landscape. Guadagnino triumphs as usual. First off, I have never seen the original SUSPIRIA, the 1977 supernatural horror film directed by Dario Argento and co-written by Argento and Daria Nicolodi. It was partially based on Thomas De Quincey’s 1845 […]

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