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Review: 'The Guilty' - Police and Thieves

Entertainment / Kurt Loder /

"The Guilty" is a virtually note-for-note remake of the 2018 Danish film "Den skyldige" -- a Sundance hit that told the tense, compact story of a 911 police operator trying to save the life of an imperiled caller. Director Antoine Fuqua has largely preserved the muted production style utilized by Danish director Gustav Moller, and screenwriter ...Read more

Review: 'The Eyes of Tammy Faye' - Sweet Redeemer

Entertainment / Kurt Loder /

Gene Scott was my kind of televangelist. Whenever I was in LA in the 1980s, I'd flick on his late-night talkfest (just him, talking) in whatever hotel room I happened to be staying and drink in his act -- the carefully tended white hair, the fuming cigars and the parade of eccentric hats (jaunty straw Panamas, jungle-ready pith helmets, salty ...Read more

Review: 'Kate' - Killer Queen

Entertainment / Kurt Loder /

Some women you should never cross, especially when they're armed. Like Kate, the desperate and dangerous protagonist played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the new movie bearing her character's flat, un-resonant name. Kate lives and kills in Tokyo, where the nights are black, the lighting's blue and tattooed yakuza killers move through the shadows...Read more

Review: "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" - Daddy Issue

Entertainment / Kurt Loder /

"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" doesn't feel a lot like a Marvel movie, although it's clearly been made on a Marvel budget. The picture is a lot of fun, even if it isn't overflowing with the sort of slick comic banter that's become a Marvel trademark. And since it's based on a relatively obscure Marvel character (although one that's ...Read more

Review: "The Lost Leonardo" - Picture This

Entertainment / Kurt Loder /

Of all the douchebags on parade in "The Lost Leonardo," an art-crime documentary with no shortage of them, the douchiest might be Yves Bouvier, a Swiss scammer whose purpose in life, until recently, was to make himself indispensable to rich people in need of top-tier artwork in which to invest -- and thus hide -- their wealth. As we see in the ...Read more

Review: "Reminiscence" - Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson in a Neo-Hardboiled Sci-Fi Mystery

Entertainment / Kurt Loder /

You know you've wandered into a neo-noir movie of a certain sort when the humidity's a bitch and everything's wet -- rain-slicked streets, sweat-slicked faces. The weather's hot, and of course so are the women. People spend a lot of time living in the past (each moment of it "a bead on the necklace of time," as someone says in the new neo-noir "...Read more

Review: Free Guy

Entertainment / Kurt Loder /

Certified Canadian that he is, Ryan Reynolds makes an ideal ambassador of niceness for the new sci-fi action-comedy "Free Guy." With his surgically precise satirical delivery, Reynolds is usually at his best as a purveyor of snark; here, though, he betrays not a hint of his usual ripping sarcasm. The movie's no "Deadpool", in other words (it's ...Read more

Review: 'The Suicide Squad', Second Time Around

Entertainment / Kurt Loder /

As someone who sat through all three installments of the "Human Centipede" trilogy, I think it could be said that I have a high tolerance for cinematic ultraviolence. So none of the bloody goings-on depicted in "The Suicide Squad" that have reportedly upset some people -- the neck-snapping and the head-ripping, I guess, and probably the sight of...Read more

Review: 'The Green Knight' - Dragons Wanted

Entertainment / Kurt Loder /

If you're going to play the King Arthur game, you might as well have some fun with it. Director John Boorman certainly did with his 1981 "Excalibur," which was a reprise of one of the old Camelot tales, featuring Arthur and Merlin and Morgan le Fay, as well as the Knights of the Round Table, the Lady of the Lake and so on. The movie had wizards ...Read more

Reviews: 'Old' and 'Pig': Nicolas Cage Back at His Best, M. Night Shyamalan Not

Entertainment / Kurt Loder /

There was a time when I thought "Lady in the Water" was M. Night Shyamalan's worst movie. (It's hard to beat the concept of a mermaid secretly living in an apartment-house swimming pool.) But then came "The Happening" (angry vegetation responding to the threat of Global Warming), to which the worst-of title immediately passed. Then came a ...Read more

Review: Roadrunner is a documentary farewell to the chef who made cooking hip

Entertainment / Kurt Loder /

"Here's a little preemptive truth-telling," says Anthony Bourdain, blowing the plot right at the top of "Roadrunner," his posthumous bio-doc. "There's no happy ending."

By now, everybody knows that Bourdain ended his life -- hanged himself -- in 2018, in a hotel room in a cute French wine town where he had been filming an installment of his ...Read more

Review: In 'Black Widow' Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh Lead Marvel Into a New Age

Entertainment / Kurt Loder /

You knew it would come to this. After a decade of patiently enduring her female fate -- waiting around to be granted her own stand-alone movie while one male Avenger after another got his (Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Iron Man, Iron Man -- even Ant-Man, for God's sake) -- Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff finally gets the call. But it's ...Read more

Review: 'Summer of Soul' ( ... or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) - The Other Woodstock.

Entertainment / Kurt Loder /

At the end of June 1969, about six weeks before the soon-to-be-famous Woodstock rock festival got underway in upstate New York, a somewhat smaller event called the Harlem Cultural Festival kicked off at a big municipal park down in New York City. This series of concerts, which was later said to have drawn some 300,000 people, was a celebration ...Read more

 

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