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‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ The Boogeyman Is Back And He’s Taking No Prisoners

Poor John Wick (Keanu Reeves) All he wants to do is lead a quiet life and play with his dog. Unfortunately, his associates have other plans for him. ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ brilliantly directed by Chad Stahelski (‘John Wick’) and … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: ’50s Violence

“Bad Day at Black Rock” (1955, Warner Film Archives) One-armed vet Spencer Tracy’s search for a Japanese-American farmer takes him to the titular California desert town, where de facto town boss Robert Ryan and his goons (Ernest Borgnine and Lee … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: In Praise of Richard Crenna

“Wait Until Dark” (1967, Warner Archives Collection) In Terence Young’s film version of the stage drama chestnut by Frederick Knott, Audrey Hepburn is the blind woman who, unbeknownst to her, has a doll stuffed with stolen heroin that belongs to … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Benjamin Millepied’s Documentary “RESET” on The Paris Opera Ballet

“RESET” is a documentary on Benjamin Millepied’s (choreographer of “Black Swan” and husband of Natalie Portman) journey as the new director of the Paris Opera Ballet and his attempts to rejuvenate this historic institution with his dance production of “Clear, Loud, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Doobious Sources”

In this day and age, with the gap between genuine news and misinformation thinning daily, the idea of a movie that satirizes this phenomenon is a welcome one, whether for comic diversion or pointed warning about its potential implications. A quick look … Continue reading

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Comedies (Sort Of) for a Melancholy Week

“Cosmos” (2015, Kino) Law student Witold (Jonathan Genet) decides to stop fretting about his first novel to join his dunce of a pal (Johan Libreau) at a remote, fog-shrouded Portuguese village. There, the pair become embroiled in what seems like … Continue reading

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“Hidden Figures” – The Inspiring Story of Three Brilliant Women Who Helped Launch the First Man into Space

I loved “Hidden Figures” so much that I saw it twice, and I’d probably see it again. It is one of the most inspiring, touching films I’ve seen in a long time. It’s also a film that reminds us about … Continue reading

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Best of 2016 – A Short List

As usual, I spent most of the year listening to, reading and watching older stuff that I probably should’ve absorbed years ago, but here are a few new things I really enjoyed this year: Albums: Bootblacks – Veins (review) Patience … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Visions of Futures Past for a New Year

“Dreamscape” (1984, Shout Factory) Crowd-pleasing science fiction adventure with Dennis Quaid as a hustler whose psychic abilities cause him to run afoul of unsavory racetrack types; he flees to his old mentor, Max von Sydow, who has developed a technology … Continue reading

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Where the Cool Kids Will Be On New Years Eve 2016

FOURTH ANNUAL GRAND PARK + THE MUSIC CENTER’S N.Y.E.L.A. The city of Los Angeles’ goal to make this Grand Park event the Times Square of the west coast seemed awfully grandiose four years ago, but with spectacular 3D light projections … Continue reading

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