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New Films: Papillon, The Happytime Murders
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New Films: Papillon, The Happytime Murders

Papillon Directed by Michael Noer There’s something wonderfully simple about the 1973 adaptation of “Papillon,” starring Steve McQueen as Henri “Papillon” Charriere and Dustin Hoffman as forger Louis Dega, whom he meets while being shipped to a penal colony in French Guiana. We see them both for...

BlackkKlansman
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New Films: BlacKkKlansman, Dog Days, The Meg

BlacKkKlansman Directed by Spike Lee In 1970, in the midst of the Vietnam War, the film adaptation of MASH: A Tale of Three Army Doctors was released as just “MASH,” later spawning the long running television series “M*A*S*H.” The book had been set during the Korean War, and based on the actual...

New Films: Leave No Trace and Skyscraper
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New Films: Leave No Trace and Skyscraper

As luck would have it, two of this week’s new movies present distinctly different views of the world and how to live in it. In “Leave No Trace,” a father and daughter live apart from modern civilization, out of sight of people and buildings, in a forest that also happens to be a public park. In...

New Film: Ant-Man and The Wasp
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New Film: Ant-Man and The Wasp

Ant-Man and The Wasp Directed by Peyton Reed The two (so far) Ant-Man movies are an interesting example of the inter-connectedness of the onscreen Marvel Comic Universe (MCU), in both good ways and bad (or at least limiting). The first (reviewed briefly here) seemed like a light diversion from some...

New Film: Sicario: Day of the Soldado - as a Film and as a Sequel
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New Film: Sicario: Day of the Soldado – as a Film and as a Sequel

Sicario: Day of the Soldado Directed by Stefano Sollima In 2015’s “Sicario,” Emily Blunt played an FBI agent with experience in hostage scenarios, who’s dragged into something bigger, as an inter-agency task force tackles drug trafficking across the US-Mexico border. In one sense, it seemed like a...

New Films - and New Criticism of Film Criticism
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New Films – and New Criticism of Film Criticism

Most attention this week has been on “Incredibles 2” and “Tag” (unless you’ve been enjoying the first weekend of the Sacramento French Film Festival). And they’re deserving of attention as both are fun films. “Incredibles 2” manages, after a 14 year hiatus, to re-capture the appeal of its...

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