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‘The Girl on the Train’ flies off the rails, does a barrel roll and explodes

“The Girl on the Train” is a Bollywood adaptation of Paula Hawkins’s 2015 novel of the same name, which was made into a 2016 English language film starring Emily Blunt (“A Quiet Place”). The novel was a superbly paced page-turner with surprising twists. The English-language adaptation was relatively unremarkable, with a drab cinematic palette, a […]

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Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci are stellar in ‘Supernova.’ But…

“Supernova” opens in total darkness. Slowly, stars emerge. One shines brightly, then disappears. Tusker, Stanley Tucci’s character (“Spotlight”), later explains that everything is made from dying stars, which turn into supernovas that spew “star stuff,” the building blocks for life, through space. With a gigantic flash, these interstellar explosions create the universe as we know […]

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Teleparty and “Twin Peaks”

We’re all sick of being online.  It’s a cliché at this point— the phrase “Zoom fatigue” makes me want to hurl my computer out the nearest window. Online class. Online work. Online shopping. Online therapy. Online Happy Hour. Online Thanksgiving. After eight months of living online, is it any wonder that we’re tired of our […]

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‘Jingle Jangle’ makes Christmas exhausting

Christmas comes earlier every year. The day after Halloween, nowadays, plastic trees and twinkle lights fill store shelves, DJs across the world queue up Mariah Carey’s classic Yuletide anthem and Starbucks puts gingerbread in their coffee. In 2020, this seemed like a welcome distraction. The Holiday Season began as a warm, colorful respite from the […]

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Sundance 2021: In ‘Prisoners of the Ghostland,’ Nic Cage rampages with a purpose

In the first scene of “Prisoners of the Ghostland,” Nicholas Cage (“Color Out of Space”) bursts into a bank lobby, screaming “Bonsai!” and wielding a shotgun.  The film gets crazier from there.  “Prisoners of the Ghostland” is director Sion Sono’s (“Antiporno”) first English-language film, a wild romp of bullets, blood and neon lights. It’s set […]