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THE FOUNDER Movie Review

THE FOUNDER Movie Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic Keaton straddles the humble, and then the bastard, Ray Croc with aplomb. You will end up hating the man. I have never eaten a McDonald’s hamburger. (I’m a life-long vegetarian.) If THE FOUNDER had been made 30 years ago, you wouldn’t have eaten one either. There would not be – […]

Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival: ‘On The Map’

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Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival: ‘On The Map’

by Josh Morris In 1977 there was a basketball game; one that, for all intents and purposes, had a pre-ordained winner. But they lost. The trophy that day went instead to the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team, who defeated CSKA Moscow during the Cold War. It is a victory that helped form the identity of […]

ELLE Movie Review

ELLE Movie Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic Las Vegas Informer Verhoeven is back. Huppert’s magnificent, fearless performance deserves the Best Actress Academy Award. Paul Verhoeven has done the impossible. (Whatever happened to Renny Harlin?) With ELLE, Verhoeven has resurrected his career as a first-class director. While he has worked consistently in the Netherlands, this is his first […]

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Movie Review

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Movie Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic Las Vegas Informer It’s constant blowing stuff up. Jyn Erso is STAR WARS “Joan of Arc” without a zealot’s fervor or dynamic leadership presence. She is the only female fighter and all the nomad soldiers blindly follow her. What happened to Mendelsohn’s face? The rules to see a press screening […]

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Review

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic Las Vegas Informer Kenneth Lonergan’s latest, starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Lucas Hedges, is a wrenching drama about a grief-stricken New England family. A wrenching family tragedy is dramatized with the depth of a high-quality American stage piece in Manchester by the Sea. Kenneth Lonergan’s third feature film since […]

ARRIVAL Movie Review

ARRIVAL Movie Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic Las Vegas Informer Avoids sloppy sentimentalism and gives the most probable contact with other beings we will likely encounter. Last month The Astrophysical Journal published the results of work led by Christopher J. Conselice, an astrophysicist, on the new number of galaxies in the Universe. The new number is two […]

HACKSAW RIDGE Movie Review

HACKSAW RIDGE Movie Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic Las Vegas Informer Astonishing return of Mel Gibson. In case you hold a grudge because a movie star insulted someone you do not know about circumstances you have no familiarity with, Lionsgate feels your pain. They understand your anguish and disgust over Mel Gibson’s drunken rant – surreptitiously and likely […]

MOONLIGHT Movie Review

MOONLIGHT Movie Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic Las Vegas Informer Honest and realistic exploration of one man’s journey from a neglectful childhood to adulthood and finding his own – highly personal – way in the world. The main character happens to be black and gay. Barry Jenkins’ MOONLIGHT was originally presented as a short play called In […]

JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK Movie Review

JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK Movie Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic Las Vegas Informer Jack Reacher may be cinema’s reigning street-fighting ascetic. Lee Child’s 21st Jack Reacher book, Night School, will be published in a few short weeks. Fans of the series are dedicated to the famously addictive books. I’ve read three Jack Reacher books: One Shot, which was the basis […]

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN Movie Review

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN Movie Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic Las Vegas Informer If you envy the staged, make-believe life of the Kardashians, you will understand the premise. Blunt, Bennett, Evans, Ferguson and Theroux are sensational. Especially Bennett. If you loved the book, this delivers. Why do we love to tear down our stars and heroes? Is it because it […]

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