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Lady Bird

Lady Bird

“Lady Bird” (2017) Studio A24 ***** “Lady Bird” is the most refreshing film on adolescence in a long time. Thanks to Greta Gerwig, her directional debut is fantastic, everything is in place, keen, realistic, charming and humorous (and serious, too) all in the right spots. Yes, adolescence is a turbulent, experimental, and growing time [...]

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”(2017) Drama/Thriller/Mystery Studio A24 **** out of five stars Heart-wrenching is what «The Killing of a Sacred Deer» is with irony of a doctor performing open-heart surgery in the opening scenes. Doctor Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is seen in a beautiful hospital standing outside his office talking to a [...]

“American Made”

“American Made”

“American Made” (2017) Action/ Biography/ Crime / Thriller/Comedy by Universal Pictures *** and 1/2 out of 5 stars The key to the action/biography film “American Made” is no other than Tom Cruise, the same actor this director Doug Liman also uses in “Edge of Tomorrow” (2014). Cruise of course is the face of Mission Impossible films [...]

“Rebel in the Rye”

“Rebel in the Rye”

“Rebel in the Rye”(2017) *** out of five Black Label Media, Biography/Drama What is more joyful for a writer than to have his or her essay or novel published? Probably the reward of making a living at it or, at least, attaining some award for the efforts. In the world of J.D. Salinger (like many famous writers) success will not come easy, [...]

A Tribute to Robert Mitchum (1917-1997)

A Tribute to Robert Mitchum (1917-1997)

Robert Mitchum was born on August 6, 1917, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (I was also born on August 6th, but not until 1948.) He was an actor with great talent and vastly underrated. At an early age he rebuffed authority by being charged with vagrancy and was sentenced to a Georgia chain gang, but found a way to escape. Mr. Mitchum’s big break [...]

“Kidnap” & “Detroit”

“Kidnap” & “Detroit”

Kidnap “Kidnap”(2017) * out of 5 starts Thriller, Di Bonaventure Pictures It is true a child goes missing every 40 seconds in the United States. However, it is also true “ Kidnap” is a bad movie. (It had been sitting on the shelf since 2014: usually a bad sign.) Even though I sympathize with Halle Berry’s character Karla Dyson who [...]

“Baby Driver” & “The Big Sick”

“Baby Driver” & “The Big Sick”

(l to r) Buddy (Jon Hamm), Darling (Eiza Gonzalez), Baby (Ansel Elgort) and Bats (JAMIE FOXX) discuss the next heist in TriStar Pictures' BABY DRIVER. By Howard McQuitter II “Baby Driver”(2017) **** out of five Action/Comedy/Drama/Music Rated R Director Edgar Wright’s (I met him back when he directed “Shaun of the Dead”) “Baby [...]

“I, Daniel Blake”

“I, Daniel Blake”

By Howard McQuitter II “I, Daniel Blake” ***** “I, Daniel Blake” winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, is another example of director Ken Loach’s (“Cathy Come Home” ), “Kes “, “Ladybird, Ladybird” [1994) body of work as a master at giving the working-class their due on screen. Daniel Blake (Dave [...]

“The Truth Beneath” From the 36th Annual Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Festival

“The Truth Beneath” From the 36th Annual Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Festival

“The Truth Beneath” (2016) ***** A scandal may be on the way during an extremely close race that Eui-sung Kim (Noh Jae-soon) wins narrowly over Jong-chan (Ju- hyuk Kim). Just as the elections will go national, Noh Jae- soon and his wife’s daughter Kim Min-jin (Ji-Hoon Shin) goes missing. Noh Jae-soon tells Yeon-hong (Yeon-jin Son) to [...]

Paradise

Paradise

“Paradise” (2016) ***** A riveting story about a young Russian aristocrat, Olga (Yuliya Vysotskaya), is sent away to a concentration camp where she faces unspeakable circumstances. She has joined the French Resistance to save as many Jews as she can from extermination only to be captured and interrogated for the “crime” of hiding Jewish [...]

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