Category Archives: Movies

Movies Till Dawn: New Year, (Mostly) New Movies Part 2

“Suspiria” (2018, Lionsgate Home Entertainment) Timid American dancer Dakota Johnson enrolls at a prestigious dance school in Germany, where her training by a formidable Tilda Swinton gradually reveals a more sinister intent. Like last year’s “Hereditary” and “Mandy,” this audacious … Continue reading

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Broadway and Film Star Carol Channing Takes her Final Bow

Early this morning, B. Harlan Boll, publicist for Carol Channing, announced the actress’ passing at 2:31 this morning, January 15, 2019, of natural causes at her home in Rancho Mirage. She was 97. “It is with extreme heartache, that I … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Stan & Ollie” Screening at AFI FEST Presented By Audi

A biopic about one of the greatest American comedy duos of the 20th century is long overdue. In all, the comedy duo released 106 films between 1921 and 1951. “Stan & Ollie” is the vehicle to tell their story—not of their epic … Continue reading

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Movie Review: ‘Vox Lux’ Screening at AFI FEST Presented By Audi

“Vox Lux”, the second feature film from edgy director Brady Corbet, is disturbing and anxious, yet luminously gilded. From a nest of tragedy, hope blossoms and finally dissipates in tinsel. The main character, Celeste, played by Raffey Cassidy (Tomorrowland, Snow … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Old Fears for the New Year

“Zombie” (1979, Blue Underground) Voodoo rites on a Caribbean island cause the dead to rise from their graves and consume the living. Jaw-dropping (and in its most ghastly scene, eye-popping) special effects by Giannetto de Rossi are the most memorable … Continue reading

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A List of Favorites From 2018

As usual, my Year End list doesn’t include much released in the current year, because I’m a slow mover with a tendency to look back over my shoulder. But here are some things I discovered this year that I recommend. … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: New Year, (Mostly) New Movies

“Mid90s” (2018, Lionsgate) Confident directorial debut by actor Jonah Hill, who depicts, in granular detail, middle-schooler Sunny Suljic‘s attempts to find much-needed acceptance with a group of older skateboarders. Hill has the Clinton Era cultural details down pat (especially the … Continue reading

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Tiny Shoulders: Fascinating Documentary About Barbie Examines Feminist Possibilities

Barbie! Model, Astronaut, Mermaid, President. The blonde-tressed plastic doll with the tiny waist and golden-white skin simultaneously conjures images of freedom and oppression, beauty tyranny and career-girl freedom. In the new Hulu documentary, “Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie,” writer/director Andrea Blaugrund … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: High Tension for the Holidays 2018

“Await Further Instructions” (2018, Dark Sky Films) Fractious British family discovers that their tense holiday celebration has become more unpleasant due to an unseen force that issues increasingly violent demands through their television set. An appropriately nasty parable for nasty, … Continue reading

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Oscar-winning Peter Jackson Brings Newly Restored 100-Year-Old WWI Footage to the Screen, In Color and 3D

Warner Bros. and Fathom Events bring Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit) stunning new documentary about World War I, “They Shall Not Grow Old” to movie theaters in and around Southern California, with remaining … Continue reading

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