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Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2016)

A movie like Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong shows just how difficult it really is to pull off something like The Clock, or Dogfight, or the Before trilogy by Richard Linklater. Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong wants to be like … Continue reading

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Hail, Caesar! (2016); d. The Coen Brothers

That’s the official poster. Boring. I like this one much better. In comparison to Inside Llewyn Davis, Hail, Caesar! has an outlook on humanity that is damn near sunny. Inside Llewyn Davis’ was a well-observed portrayal of the coffee-house folk-music … Continue reading

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Rebel Without a Cause (1955); d. Nicholas Ray

For James Dean’s birthday: An essay I wrote about Rebel Without a Cause, when the new restoration was released theatrically in 2013. I first saw Rebel Without a Cause when I was the general age of the main characters in … Continue reading

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Tumbledown (2016)

I wonder what the critical consensus will be on Tumbledown. Will it be divided? Will some sniff at it, or think it too obvious, or reject Jason Sudeikis as a sincere leading man? Its obvious-ness and Jason Sudeikis is one … Continue reading

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Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to “Off the Wall” (2016); d. Spike Lee

Spike Lee’s new documentary about Michael Jackson (his second documentary about Michael Jackson) premieres on Showtime tomorrow night. It’s very moving. It’s about the work, and ONLY the work. It also made me bust out Off the Wall for the … Continue reading

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January 2016 Viewing Diary

“30 for 30″ Chasing Tyson (2015; d. Steve Cantor) I love the 30 for 30 series on ESPN but had never seen this one, the story of Evander Holyfield’s pursuit of Mike Tyson. I’ve got a Tyson thing. I loved … Continue reading

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Used Cars (1980); d. Robert Zemeckis

How on earth had I never seen this movie? It was directed by Robert Zemeckis (who co-wrote the script with Bob Gale). The two of them had just come off their beautifully successful collaboration on the madcap I Wanna Hold … Continue reading

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Rams (2015)

Gummi (Sigurður Sigurjónsson) and Hiddi (Theodór Júlíusson) are brothers. They live in adjacent houses in the middle of a wind-swept plain surrounded by bleak highlands in Iceland. They are sheep-farmers, living on the family land. Their two herds of beloved … Continue reading

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Naz & Maalik (2016)

A story filled with so much potential! Naz and Maalik are two devout Muslim kids, living in Bed-Stuy, who have just taken their relationship into romance. It’s strictly forbidden. There are more pressures on them. But for the most part, … Continue reading

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The 5th Wave (2016)

I loved the books by Rick Yancey (two out so far, the third coming out in May, apparently). I had hoped that … the movie would be good. I really did. Those books are RICH with excellent material. Sadly, it’s … Continue reading

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