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Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

I really loved Dolphin Tale, the true-life story of Winter, an injured dolphin saved by the groundbreaking development of a flexible prosthetic tail. I wondered why on earth a sequel was necessary. I was fearful. Would Winter be turned into … Continue reading

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I Want To Go To There

One of my favorite shots from Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956).

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The Drop (2014); directed by Michaël R. Roskam

The Drop, which opens this week, is James Gandolfini’s last film. He plays “cousin Marv,” a big Brooklyn guy who owned a bar called Cousin Marv’s Bar. The bar was Marv’s life’s work. Yes, it was a dive bar populated … Continue reading

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Only Lovers Left Alive (2013); directed by Jim Jarmusch

It’s a rare movie that wraps you up in its own unique dreamspace. I suppose that’s the ultimate goal for any director, and any scriptwriter, too. Many movies try to do that. Many movies fail. The story, whatever it is, … Continue reading

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Falcon Rising (2014)

Falcon Rising, starring the to-die-for Michael Jai White in the title role, is clearly meant to be the start of a new franchise. It’s a throwback to 1980s action flicks, with a strong hero at the center, and an unambiguously … Continue reading

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The Identical (2014)

It’s obvious why the editors at Rogerebert.com assigned me this one! “The Identical” asks the question: What would have happened if Elvis Presley’s twin brother had lived? I have more questions, the main one being: Why is the music so … Continue reading

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Daughter From Danang (2002); directed by Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco

Nominated for an Oscar, Daughter From Danang is one of the most emotionally harrowing documentaries I’ve ever seen. Halfway through I started to get a very very bad feeling. Something was approaching, something unforeseen, something completely unexpected. You could feel … Continue reading

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At the 71st VIFF: One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich and the Lost American Film (2014); directed by Bill Teck

Making its premiere at the 71st Venice International Film Festival is the documentary One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich and the Lost American Film, about Bogdanovich’s 1981 lost film They All Laughed. I mean, it’s not lost, not really, you … Continue reading

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Last Weekend (2014)

My first review for the wonderful film site The Dissolve went up today. The Dissolve is a relatively new site, but they have an amazing stable of writers as well as an incredible community of commenters. Knowledgeable, positive, great discussions … Continue reading

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10 Years of Sunset Gun

Kim Morgan’s great site Sunset Gun turned 10 years old this August (a nice dovetail with Dorothy Parker’s recent birthday as well). Kim, who is one of the best writers working today, celebrates the moment by re-visiting the topic of … Continue reading

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