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“Dunkirk”

A unique movie experience
‎Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles and Tom Hardy
Directed by Christopher Nolan

I know, I know, you’re jaded. You’ve seen it all in hundreds, nay, thousands of movies. War movies, survival movies, hanging-on-by-the skin-of-your-teeth movies, abandon-hope movies, never-lose-hope movies. You’ve also seen admirable or despicable actions from soldiers, officers, and ordinary civilians. But trust me, you have never seen all of that brought together in a package such as Christopher ... more >

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In Dunkirk, England Wins World War II. Again.

Cooler heads prevailed
Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles and Tom Hardy
Directed by Christopher Nolan

For "Dunkirk" Christopher Nolan cast the puppy-eyed lead singer of One Direction, Harry Styles, as a British soldier during the famed 1940 evacuation. This is entirely appropriate. I say this because the British Army fought World War II with the ferocity of a boy band. I don’t understand why the British feel such a reflex to celebrate it. Here’s a trip down the the pathway of British military ... more >

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OKJA, a Netflix premiere, delivers a bleak message couched in entertaining fiction

From the director of 2013's "Snowpiercer"
Seo-Hyun Ahn, Tilda Swinton and Steven Yeun
Directed by Bong Joon Ho

Can we fight evil? Save our lovely planet from ghouls such as Monsanto and other purveyors of various poisons into GMO plants and animals? Can the good people win? Can we save the human race while preventing our animals from being seen only in terms of sirloin or chops? Such is the theme of “Okja,” a Netlix film streaming on the video channel (and causing much distress at the recent Cannes film ... more >

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“Kuso,” L.A., and what happens after The Big One (preview)

Hallucinatory razzmatazz
Hannibal Buress, George Clinton and David Firth
Directed by Flying Lotus

PREVIEW - Heading to cinema screens July 21st is "Kuso," a nightmarish B-movie that depicts the aftermath of The Big One in Los Angeles. The viewer is made to experience aftershocks through TV screens and apocalypse-tinged vignettes of the twisted lives of the survivors. It's like David Cronenberg gave birth to Ren & Stimpy V.2. "Kuso" is a little chaotic at times. The film comprises about ... more >

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Wonder Woman, Or The Passion of Joan of Arc

Comparing two strong women
Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Robin Wright
Directed by Patty Jenkins

A virgin inspired by a divine sense of mission. A legendary sword. A bitter battlefield stalemate. And a France in need of saving. "Wonder Woman," the summer’s biggest hit, has been hailed for resurrecting one of the great heroines of the past. But the heroine being revived isn’t only the comic book phenomenon. It would be Joan of Arc, as well. The story of St. Joan was one of the strangest ... more >

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: “A quiet passion”

"Terence Davies tackles the Amherst recluse with sympathy and an understanding of the limitations thrust upon her"
Cynthia Nixon, Emma Bell, Sara Vertongen & Rose Williams
Directed by Terence Davies

Some one hundred thirty years after her death in the house in Amherst, Pennsylvania where she lived as a recluse dressed in white and scribbling poetry in the middle of the night, do we know more about Emily Dickinson than her ever-puzzled circle did? Books about her would make a hefty library, scholars who have spent a lifetime researching her would fill a mid-size conference room, her own ... more >