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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 […]

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE Review

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic A slow start, too many songs, but it has Hemsworth at his sexiest. Just before a terrible rainstorm, four guests sign in at the El Royale, which is situated with half of the hotel in California and the other half in Nevada. Its 1969 and the garish colors and low-slung […]

VENOM Movie Review

VENOM Movie Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic Awesome. All hail Tom Hardy! This is what you get when an actor takes on a Marvel character. There is no stunt double on wires flying in a suit. I love MR. INBETWEEN on FX! Scott Ryan plays a working-class hitman. If you are sick of superheroes and retorts, VENOM […]

Q&A: writer/director Patrick Myles on short film THE OVERCOAT

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Q&A: writer/director Patrick Myles on short film THE OVERCOAT

By Josh Muchly The Overcoat is a short film and an adaptation of a short story by Nikolai Gogol. It follows Christopher Cobbler, a low-level employee of an undisclosed government agency, from his complacent place of stability to his ultimate nightmarish demise after having his newly-purchased overcoat stolen. The film’s director and writer Patrick Myles […]

FAHRENHEIT 11/9 Review

FAHRENHEIT 11/9 Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic Michael Moore heralds the apocalypse. Everything has gone to Hell in a hand basket. Donald Trump bulldozed right over the savior of America! Before Michael Moore, were documentary filmmakers ever stars of their movies? Moore started an ugly trend. The writer/director is not an unseen presence but a part of the […]

THE NUN Movie Review

THE NUN Movie Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic I was hoping for the conjurer’s Devils of Loudun. I got THE NUN instead. Sequels and pre-sequels to box office success usually are connected in some, even obtuse fashion to the original. However, THE CONJURING has become its own genre. Corin Hardy’s horror film takes place in a secluded abbey. […]

A SIMPLE FAVOR Movie Review

A SIMPLE FAVOR Movie Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic Determined to be a movie star, Blake Lively has a starring role in a clever movie and she is perfect. When Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) watches Emily (Blake Lively) exit a car to pick up her young son at his grade school, she is godsmacked. Emily has an audience of parents […]

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