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Review: Lost Illusions (2022)

For Ebert, I reviewed the new adaptation of Honore de Balzac’s sweeping epic novel about the rise and fall of a young ambitious man trying to “make it” in corrupt voracious 1820s Paris. It’s quite a production. Hundreds of extras, … Continue reading

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Review: All My Puny Sorrows (2022)

I reviewed for Ebert.

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January 2022 Viewing Diary

Crossfire (1947; d. Edward Dmytryk) Went on a little Robert Mitchum kick, thanks to the Criterion Channel. Crossfire came out the same year as Gentleman’s Agreement, and both films deal with anti-Semitism, which was very much on American minds at … Continue reading

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November 2021 Viewing Diary

The Wire, half of Season 3 This is the busiest time of year in re: film-critic-land, so had to stop my re-watch of The Wire to make room for new releases. I’ll get back to it! All Is Forgiven (2007; … Continue reading

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April 2021 Viewing Diary

Jewel Robbery (1932; d. William Dieterle) This glittering pre-Code, starring William Powell as a jewel thief, and Kay Francis as a married woman in love with her jewels, is such a subversive delight. Powell is devastatingly charming and Francis is … Continue reading

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Review: The Life Ahead (2020)

I reviewed the Netflix film, The Life Ahead, starring the 86-year-old legend Sophia Loren, for Ebert.

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Review: Rebecca (2020)

A new adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s book for Netflix, starring Lily James, Armie Hammer and Kristin Scott Thomas. I reviewed for Ebert.

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June 2020 Viewing Diary

Deadwind (2018; d. Rike Jokela) A Finnish crime drama television series on Netflix I got sucked into. I’ve been doing mostly binge-watching these days. Having a hard time absorbing movies, I’m not sure what’s going on. I am grateful for … Continue reading

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Review: HBO’s I Know This Much is True (2020)

I reviewed the new HBO limited series I Know This Much is True, a 6-episode adaptation of Wally Lamb’s bestselling 1998 novel, with Mark Ruffalo playing a dual role, for Ebert.

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March 2020 Viewing Diary: A Before and After List

I began this viewing diary in a time of innocence (and naivete) before social distancing became compulsory (or at least strongly suggested). We here were months behind schedule, due to the disgraceful anti-science buffoonery of the current administration, who do … Continue reading

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