Browsing all articles from June, 2016.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople 

* * * A sweet delight from New Zealand, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, from writer-director Taika Waititi, is an endearing coming of age movie about a non-traditional relationship that creates a new definition of trust and family. Nice message, nice picture and a pair of lovely performances. Troubled, thirteen-year-old orphan Ricky Baker (whip smart Julian […]

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The Neon Demon

The Neon Demon 

* * * 1/2 Cheap thrills dressed up as very high art, Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon is the year’s most outrageously entertaining movie, a stylish exercise in depravity from which you cannot pull yourself away for a spellbinding two hours. It’s pure cinema about a soiled milieu, the seedy world of Los Angeles […]

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The Shallows

The Shallows 

* * * You’ll want to book a Sandals Resort package, minus the snorkeling, after seeing The Shallows, featuring comely Blake Lively in a bikini menaced by a Great White shark for 80 or so well-directed minutes.  Expert technique masks a scant survival story in Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra’s great looking B-movie, one that celebrates […]

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The Conjuring 2

The Conjuring 2 

* * There’s really only one reason that a horror film doesn’t work, and it isn’t lack of originality or a reliance on genre tropes.  If the fear factor is missing, then forget it. James Wan, the director of Saw and Insidious, knows damned well how to make a scary movie and proved it with […]

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Me Before You

Me Before You 

* * A catastrophically confused movie, Me Before You peddles a questionable message about living with disabilities and then tricks us into believing in redemption through a cornball love story before leading us to a tragic foregone conclusion. It works hard to gain empathy and make us cry, but the labor shows and it ultimately […]

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