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With perhaps the very faintest of asterisks beside “Haywire” and “The Girlfriend Experience” (and please don’t @ me if you’re fans of those films, they’re fine) Steven Soderbergh couldn’t make a bad film …

Part of the fear ISIS engenders is from the strange contradiction at its core; the group’s ideology proposes turning back the clock on civilization several centuries, yet their success relies entirely on their savvy use of digital technology to reach v…

Movies imitating “Before Sunrise” have nearly grown into a genre unto themselves since 1995, but damned if more than a handful of them have succeeded in reproducing the loose, genuine, thoroughly unfussed energy of that Richard Linklater cl…

There was a conceptual gap, a kink in the weave, a run in the stocking of German director Christian Petzold‘s last film, “Phoenix” which largely defined one’s response to it. Impeccably crafted and quite beautifully performed, t…

The 2018 Film Festival season continues to spin its wheels.  Berlin is in full effect and we’re now less than three weeks away from the beginning of SXSW.  The 2018 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival won’t begin until the end of June,…

They growl and occasionally they howl, but the dogs don’t bark in Wes Anderson‘s stop-motion miracle “Isle of Dogs.” Instead, these beautifully scruffy puppet pooches, with uncannily expressive, liquid eyes, speak in clipped, dr…

PARK CITY – Credit’s due where credit’s due.  With “The Happy Prince” first time director and screenwriter Rupert Everett shows cinematic skill in fashioning a period biopic about the last days of Oscar Wilde.  The actor’s passion pro…

PARK CITY – In theory, Nick Hornby’s 2009 novel “Juliet, Naked” would seem like a slam-dunk romantic comedy that any studio or financier would have jumped at the chance to make.  Annie (Rose Byrne), a woman living in a small town in England engages in …

PARK CITY – In theory, Nick Hornby’s 2009 novel “Juliet, Naked” would seem like a slam-dunk romantic comedy that any studio or financier would have jumped at the chance to make.  Annie (Rose Byrne), a woman living in a small town in England engages in …

It’s a wrap on the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, which means now its time to hand out the awards. Now, one shouldn’t judge Sundance by its buzz or the Oscar potential its films have generated, but man, in the 10+ years that I’ve been f…