MOVIES

Eric Althoff’s BEST OF 2020 (“Uncle Frank” and “Fishbowl” made the top of the list)

How many more headlines can there be about this year being unlike any other? Doubtless there will be books galore written about the madness of 2020, including how this terrible year all but killed moviegoing. “Dune,” the “Top Gun” sequel and so many other tentpole titles were pushed into 2021 or even 2022. Thus, but for the rare super-film that managed to somehow still squeak into theaters (in my ... more >

She shines, this one: in a film blaringly surfeited with CGI, actress Gal Gadot reaches near-perfection | “WONDER WOMAN 1984”

Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Kristen Wiig
Directed by Patty Jenkins

But the film was in too much of a hurry to kowtow to the impatience of today’s movie-going audiences and jumps right into the overdone CGI madness. The first “Wonder Woman” was a good and well-done film that too quicky traded in its soul for eye candy. The opening moments of “Wonder Woman 1984” teases us by returning to Themyscira for an even shorter time. The scene shows the child Diana Prince ... more >

Quelle horreur! Sexy and inventive “Climate of the Hunter” is tons of ghoulish fun | REVIEW

Ginger Gilmartin, Mary Buss and Ben Hall
Directed by Mickey Reece

He loves me. He loves me not. He isn’t a vampire. He is a vampire. True love. “Climate of the Hunter” is a moody drama that is all stylistic pleasure, making big out of its small budget. Mickey Reece’s interesting film (make no mistake, this is not a horror film), a self-aware tribute to seventies grindhouse pictures, wisely refuses to sink into parody. Reece has made a film steered by a ... more >

“One Night in Miami,” capturing a momentous night in American history

Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree and Aldis Hodge
Directed by Regina King

Malcolm X. Muhammad Ali. Jim Brown. Sam Cooke. Cultural icons all. In 1964, they came together for one night. While no one truly knows the actual conversation that occurred between these four men, actress Regina King’s directorial debut, “One Night in Miami” takes us into the room with these giants of American history giving us a fictional account of what might have occurred that night, through ... more >

Your intensive dose of disaster flick awaits: “Greenland,” starring Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin

Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin and Roger Dale Floyd
Directed by Ric Roman Waugh

So it turns out there was a reason why President Trump wanted to buy Greenland: for when the apocalypse from above rains fire and brimstone down on humanity, the Danish island will be where the chosen few will be spirited off to save the species. To little surprise, the protagonist of the new disaster flick is played by Gerard Butler.  He is an everyman civil engineer, unimaginatively named ... more >

“DIRTY GOD” : with an emotional presence that reached out to us, first-time actress Vicky Knight, bearing the stigmatas of a past tragedy, gives heartfelt performance as ‘Jade’

Vicky Knight, Katherine Kelly and Eliza Brady-Girard
Directed by Sacha Polak

What an extraordinary performance from newcomer Vicky Knight, who has to carry an entire film on her shoulders. Her task is doubly astounding considering that her character, Jade, is severely damaged—both inside and out—and bringing her to life requires a vulnerability that would likely frighten even the most seasoned actors. In the new film “Dirty God,” Jade’s name alone provides insight into ... more >

A slow-burn thriller that digs deep at the existential darkness within: “Complete Strangers”

Pau Masó, Matthew Crawley and Sian Abrahams
Directed by Pau Masó

In the first five minutes of Pau Masó's latest film “Complete Strangers, the audience is treated to a visual homage to Brian De Palma and the Italian giallo films (whether on purpose or just by accident, this will have to remain a mystery), as the camera tracks a figure in long dark hair and a stylish coat while they navigate their way to what will turn out to be a sexual rendez-vous. As the ... more >