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Review: MARY POPPINS RETURNS

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Review: MARY POPPINS RETURNS

By Josh Muchly I saw what I needed to see in the first half hour Upshot: “In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she […]

Review: HOLMES & WATSON

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Review: HOLMES & WATSON

By Josh Muchly Perhaps I’m just a John C. Reilly stan. Upshot: A comedic take on the adventures of Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson. Rundown: It would be disingenuous of me to say this film is “so bad its good.” Not only is that a cop-out, it’s simply not true in my estimation. Some of it is actually bad: […]

Review: STAN & OLLIE

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Review: STAN & OLLIE

By Josh Muchly You don’t watch a movie like this for the twists and turns; you watch for the magic. And it’s magical indeed. Upshot: A story centering on Laurel and Hardy’s UK farewell tour in the early 1950s, an adaptation of a book by A.J. Marriot. High-point: Steve Coogan, hands down. You’ll be blown away […]

Review: AFTER NEVERLAND on HBO

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Review: AFTER NEVERLAND on HBO

By Josh Muchly Disclaimer: The following is not a defense of any individual who grooms, abuses or silences children. Upshot: AFTER NEVERLAND is an hour-long Q&A panel featuring Oprah, Wade Robson, James Safechuck and Dan Reed, who’s the director of LEAVING NEVERLAND. Rundown: AFTER NEVERLAND feels like a mess from start to finish. It is not a worthy […]

Movie Review: Climax

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Movie Review: Climax

By Victoria Alexander Gaspar Noé is intoxicating and CLIMAX is brilliant. A dazzling evocative, creative sensation. It will influence filmmakers and heralds a new, totally visceral experience. CLIMAX cannot be missed, but be warned, it’s not a Hollywood movie. I brought a copy of Noé’s I STAND ALONE (1998), and that is saying something since film critics get a vast […]

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. […]

Review: LEAVING NEVERLAND, Parts 1 and 2 on HBO

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Review: LEAVING NEVERLAND, Parts 1 and 2 on HBO

By Josh Muchly Disclaimer: The following is not a defense of any individual who grooms, abuses or silences children. Upshot: Dan Reed’s two-part, four-hour documentary LEAVING NEVERLAND explores the claims of abuse against Michael Jackson by Wade Robson and James Safechuck. Highpoint: the story surrounding the accusations.  It is utterly fascinating getting to know Wade and James […]

Q&A: writer/director/editor Justin O’Neal Miller on short film PEGGY

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Q&A: writer/director/editor Justin O’Neal Miller on short film PEGGY

By Josh Muchly PEGGY is a short film which tells a tale of a housewife who appears to have it all … until the cracks begin to show. Peggy’s social graces are put to the test when she throws a birthday party for her eight-year-old son. Justin O’Neal Miller, who wrote, directed and edited the film was gracious to answer […]

Movie review: The Kid

Movie review: The Kid

By Kevin Fahey Ethan Hawke is on a roll. After his film debut in Joe Dante’s EXPLORERS with River Phoenix, Hawke has gone on to star in films such as DEAD POETS SOCIETY, TRAINING DAY, BOYHOOD, the memorable BEFORE trilogy with Julie Delpy, which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Lately, Hawke was in […]

Movie Review: GLORIA BELL

Movie Review: GLORIA BELL

By Victoria Alexander An anthem for gorgeous, independent women memorialized by the magnificent Julianne Moore. When we first meet Sebastián Lelio’s fabulous Gloria Bell (Julianne Moore), she is at a small nightclub bar. The club is a well-guarded secret in L.A. – it’s a hook-up dance club only for singles in their 50s and 60s. Where are […]

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