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On This Day: February 22, 1980: “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!”

Member the good old days when Russia was our enemy? I miss that. FIRST UP: For my column at Film Comment, I wrote about Miracle, the 2004 film about the “miracle on ice” – which turns 41 years old today. … Continue reading

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November 2020 Viewing Diary

Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993; d. Steven Zaillian) Popped this fave in because I was still revved up by Queen’s Gambit … I love this movie so much. Makes me cry every time. Supernatural, Season 15, episode 17 “Unity” (2020; … Continue reading

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Review: Jungleland (2020)

I liked this, more than I expected to. It’s being billed as a boxing movie, but it’s not really. It’s a road movie. Where the road is all detours. I reviewed for Ebert.

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Review: The Way Back (2020)

I reviewed Gavin O’Connor’s latest – after reviewing Miracle earlier this month – The Way Back, starring Ben Affleck in a very effective performance as an alcoholic who finds redemption in coaching a high school basketball team. I love these … Continue reading

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February 2020 Viewing Diary

Ted Bundy: Falling For a Killer (2020; d. Trish Wood) I can’t help it. I’ve been reading about Ted Bundy since I read Ann Rule’s book in high school. I hate him so much, but I can’t quit him. I … Continue reading

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Review: Wrestle (2018)

The opening shot of Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer’s documentary Wrestle – which follows four members of a Huntsville, Alabama high-school wrestling team through their 2015-16 season – is a stunner. A green athletic field stretches far below, lit-up at … Continue reading

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Review: Chuck (2017): Liev Schreiber as Chuck Wepner, “The Real Rocky”

Who needs another boxing movie, right? But Chuck is good. My review is up at Ebert.com.

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Review: Everybody Wants Some!! (2016); d. Richard Linklater

Ahhh, I loved Richard Linklater’s latest, a so-called “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused. Everybody Wants Some!! shows three days in the life of a group of college baseball players, in 1980. Wonderful. Here’s my review of Everybody Wants Some!! … Continue reading

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Oscars 2016: If We Picked the Winners: On Sylvester Stallone in Creed

Well, you know I was thrilled when I was assigned to write on Sly in his Oscar-nominated Best Supporting actor performance in Creed for Rogerebert.com’s If We Picked the Winners series. (Table of Contents here.) Check back throughout the week … Continue reading

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Seeing Creed Today

It’s one of my most-anticipated films of the year. Not just because of my long-standing Rocky obsession, plus my love of Sylvester Stallone, but because I think Michael B. Jordan is so excellent too (Fruitvale Station!) Plus the wonderful Tessa … Continue reading

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