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DVD: Arabian Nights (1942)

DVD: Arabian Nights (1942)

February 15, 2019 | By

Inspired by the success of Rank’s Technicolor extravaganza The Thief of Bagdad (1940), producer Walter Wanger set up a sweet deal to produce films for Universal, and the first production to benefit from the studio’s talent and cash pool was Arabian Nights…

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Stinkers of 2018: Mile 22 + Peppermint

Stinkers of 2018: Mile 22 + Peppermint

February 5, 2019 | By

Two of 2018’s action stinkers are reviewed this week: Peter Berg’s MILE 22 + Pierre Morel’s PEPPERMINT.

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BR: Mile 22 (2018)

BR: Mile 22 (2018)

February 5, 2019 | By

Action dramas about characters struggling to get from point A to B within a set time frame aren’t new – Richard Donner tackled one in 13 Blocks, although it helped shutter his lengthy, box office-friendly career after 2006 –  but they’re rarely successful when the script fails…

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BR: Peppermint (2018)

BR: Peppermint (2018)

February 5, 2019 | By

Peppermint is the latest revenge thriller in which a mature actor plays a character whose family is either endangered (Taken) or dead, or whose own life is part of a larger scheme to hush an opponent permanently (The Gunman)…

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Sunshine (1973) + R.I.P. Nick Redman (1955-2019)

Sunshine (1973) + R.I.P. Nick Redman (1955-2019)

January 19, 2019 | By

Review of the touching docu-drama SUNSHINE (1973) + R.I.P. Twilight Time’s Nick Redman (1955-2019).

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BR: Sunshine (1973)

BR: Sunshine (1973)

January 19, 2019 | By

Based on the published journals by Jacquelyn Helton, Carol Sobieski’s adaptation follows the basic chronology of a young mother diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, and her decision to dictate personal thoughts, articulate feelings, and provide advice for the daughter and husband destined to lose her at age 20…

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Trick Films I: Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) + The Hateful Eight (2015)

Trick Films I: Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) + The Hateful Eight (2015)

January 11, 2019 | By

Reviews of Drew Goddard’s BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE (2018) + Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT (2015), films that converge towards tricky finales.

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BR: Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

BR: Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

January 11, 2019 | By

As a producer (TV’s Alias, Lost) and writer (The Martian, World War Z), Drew Goddard’s had strong success, but as a writer-director, his attempts to have fun and scramble genres have been less satisfying, if not more than a bit infuriating…

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BR: Hateful Eight, The (2015)

BR: Hateful Eight, The (2015)

January 11, 2019 | By

Branded as ‘the 8th film by Quentin Tarantino’ – a proclamation tied to the director’s subsequent 2016 statement in which he plans to “retire” after 10 films, and be confirmed as “one of the greatest film-makers that ever lived” – The Hateful Eight is both a fascinating creative experiment and proof again why his work can be so divisive among fans, critics, and his colleagues…

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Two Shades of the Flint, Michigan, Water Crisis: Fahrentheit 11/9 (2018) + Flint (2017)

Two Shades of the Flint, Michigan, Water Crisis: Fahrentheit 11/9 (2018) + Flint (2017)

January 7, 2019 | By

Reviews of two films ostensibly about the water Crisis in Flint, Michigan: Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) from WHV + Bruce Beresford’s Flint (2017) from Sony.

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