Category: reviews

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Never Look Away: One Color, by David Bax

In a promising opening scene before the agonizingly long decline that is the rest of Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away, a child and his aunt in 1930s Nazi Germany attend an exhibit of modern art. But the tour guide,...

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Home Video Hovel: Candyman, by David Bax

Nothing says “prestige horror” like a score by Philip Glass. His towering, choral, staccato music is unmistakable from the very beginning of Candyman. And, in retrospect, the fact that the movie is directed by Bernard Rose, whose other best known...

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Home Video Hovel: City Slickers, by David Bax

There’s one thing that can be said for Ron Underwood’s City Slickers (now out on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory): It has a top-of-the-line 1991 cast. Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby, Patricia Wettig, Jack Palance, Tracey Walter, Josh Mostel, David Paymer, Yeardley...

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Shoplifters: Is This Your Family?, by Scott Nye

Hirokazu Koreeda is no stranger to the unconventional family, his recent films having tackled a switched-at-birth tale, sisters striking out on their own, and divorce, but his latest, Palme d’Or winning film puts him in especially unconventional territory. Shoplifters is...