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Review: ‘The Good House,’ We All Want to Live There

Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline star in a sobering account of one woman’s reckoning.  By and large, character portraits of older adults have decamped from movie theaters, heading for the friendlier confines of streaming services, where the presumed “target audience” will settle in for a comfortable evening at home, watching stars of yesteryear in movies that can be easily paused, whenever desired.  More’s the pity, … Continue reading Review: ‘The Good House,’ We All Want to Live There

Review: ‘Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story’ Celebrates a City, Its Culture, Its Food, and, Yes, Its Music

If you’ve lived in Dallas for any length of time, you’ve heard about Jazz Fest, whether from Louisiana natives who’ve moved here or from Dallas visitors who have enthused about their attendance.   Held in New Orleans every year, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival “showcases unforgettable music on multiple stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine in two large food areas, and crafts artisans from the region … Continue reading Review: ‘Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story’ Celebrates a City, Its Culture, Its Food, and, Yes, Its Music

Review: ‘Marcel The Shell With Shoes On,’ I Laughed, I Cried

Jenny Slate and Isabella Rossellini star in the best film of the year, directed by Dean Fleischer Camp.  I am a solo traveler in the world of cinema.  Sometimes, other people accompany me on individual jaunts. Mostly, it’s just me and the movies. And that is perfectly fine with me. The better movies invite me to accompany them on their individual jaunts, building a nest … Continue reading Review: ‘Marcel The Shell With Shoes On,’ I Laughed, I Cried

Review: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Chases Ghosts

Tom Cruise returns to a role that made him famous.  Tom Cruise took flight into Hollywood’s firmament of stars in 1986’s Top Gun.  Arriving midway through Ronald Reagan’s second term as U.S. President, the film glorified military activity to an obnoxious degree. Under director Tony Scott (The Hunger), the slick visual stylings resembled a feature-length Navy recruitment ad, filled with glistening male abdomens and submissive … Continue reading Review: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Chases Ghosts

Review: ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Plumbs the Depths of Fandom

Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen do their best in Sam Raimi’s woebegone sequel.  Frequently incomprehensible, occasionally ludicrous, but never predictable, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness marks a dispiriting return to feature filmmaking for director Sam Raimi, though it’s business as usual for producer Kevin Feige.  Raimi enlivened the 1980s by helming a trio of energetic, low-budget genre pictures before his peak period in … Continue reading Review: ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Plumbs the Depths of Fandom

Review: In ‘Morbius,’ The Darkness Beckons

Jared Leto stars in a Marvel movie adventure, directed by Daniel Espinosa.  A dark adventure that gets darker as it goes, Morbius flexes its action muscles early and often, telling the story of a brilliant doctor who is desperately searching for a cure to a rare, blood-borne disease. His latest experiment goes disastrously wrong, turning him into a ‘living vampire’ with an insatiable appetite for … Continue reading Review: In ‘Morbius,’ The Darkness Beckons