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REVIEW | A lemon and a Ladybug walk into the café car; “BULLET TRAIN”

Brad Pitt, Brian Tyree Henry and Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Directed by David Leitch

Near the end of the new action headache “Bullet Train” a character is trying to stop the titular train as it speeds out of control. Desperately trying every switch and button he screams for the roaring machine to stop. After the first forty-five minutes of “Train” I wanted the same thing. “Bullet Train” is a live-action cartoon of violence and over-the-top madness that entertains but runs ... more >

“PREY” is a fantastic roller-coaster of an action picture! | REVIEW

Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers and Dane DiLiegro
Directed by Dan Trachtenberg

Released thirty-five years after John McTiernan’s “Predator” “Prey” by Dan Trachtenberg arrives as a most welcome gift. I pray to the cinema gods every year in the hope that Hollywood will produce stronger and more interesting films, be they serious fare, comedy, or action, all I would like is quality productions with vision put into screenplay and design. Written by Patrick Aison and ... more >

Morgan Freeman and Juliette Binoche star in “PARADISE HIGHWAY” | REVIEW

Juliette Binoche and Morgan Freeman
Directed by Anna Gutto

The strange casting of Juliette Binoche as an American truck driver is the jump-off point of the new film “Paradise Highway,” a thriller that is done in by underwhelming writing. First-time feature filmmaker Anna Gutto (she also wrote the screenplay) creates some interesting and potentially tense situations but the actions of her characters prevent her from being able to bring it all ... more >

Reviewed in brief: “IMAGE OF VICTORY,” “CLAYDREAM,” “LET ME BE ME,” “SIMCHAS AND SORROWS”

You’ve already seen “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Jurassic World: Dominion,” so while you wait with baited breath for “Bullet Train” and “Avatar: The Way of Water,” you should seek out these four intriguing films, which, unlike the slam-boom-bang of the big-screen summer tentpoles (not that we don’t love them because we do!), might actually give you something to contemplate after the credits ... more >

In a Hollywood of recycled ideas and uninspiring filmmakers Jordan Peele’s voice is fresh; “NOPE” | REVIEW 

Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Brandon Perea and Michael Wincott
Directed by Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele’s “Nope” is one of the most inventive and entertaining genre films in years. In a sluggish cinematic year Peele has directed a film that is clever from scene to scene. There isn’t a moment where you take your eyes off of the screen. Set in a vast and beautiful valley, Daniel Kaluuya plays OJ, a man doing his best to keep his family’s Black-owned and operated ranch afloat. The ... more >

The life and times of the former Congresswoman from Arizona; “GABBY GIFFORDS WON’T BACK DOWN” | REVIEW

Directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West

What an amazing human is the former congresswoman from Arizona, who was shot in the head in 2011 and not only survived but has continued to serve the public. Though Gabby Giffords retired from the House after her near-fatal shooting by an angry and mentally unstable constituent, she somehow still maintains her smile, her poise, her good humor even when it would be more than understandable for her ... more >

Are we there yet? “THE FORGIVEN” | MOVIE REVIEW

Jessica Chastain, Ralph Fiennes, Abbey Lee and Ismail Abou-El-Kanater
Directed by John Michael McDonagh

John Michael McDonagh’s “The Forgiven” walks the ever-fine line between artful examination and utter monotony. Adapting Lawrence Osborne’s novel, McDonagh’s film takes place over one weekend in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco and skewers the privilege of the wealthy and white. David (Ralph Fiennes) and Jo (Jessica Chastain) are traveling to a party taking place in the Moroccan desert. Late, ... more >