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Movie Review: Planetarium (2016)

Europe, the years immediately preceding World War 2. Laura (Natalie Portman, “Jackie”) and Kate (Lily-Rose Depp, “Yoga Hosers”) are sisters who have been trekking around the continent performing their psychic act; Laura is the host, and Kate the one who actually communicates with the spirits. They work hard and are good at what they do,…

Movie Review: Personal Shopper (2016)

Philosopher Henri Bergson said that once people begin sensing that something is amiss and start looking for answers, “inner knowledge and anomalous outer experiences show them a side of reality others are oblivious to […]” In Personal Shopper, French director Olivier Assayas (“Clouds of Sils Maria”) succeeds in reminding us, as Shakespeare suggested, that there…

Movie Review: Bird People (2014)

In a letter to Lou Andreas-Salome, the German Poet Rilke wrote, “The bird is a creature that has a very special feeling of trust in the external world, as if she knew that she is one with its deepest mystery.” Using magic realism together with impressive camera work and CGI effects, Bird People reflects that…

Movie Review: As Above, So Below (2014)

As Above, So Below is a found-footage tale chronicling a group of young explorers who descend deep into the bone-infested catacombs beneath Paris in search of treasure and historical artifacts. For a found-footage movie, it’s not too bad, with some real heart-stopping moments and genuine shock. It’s a little light on plot, despite the initial…

Movie Review: The Smurfs 2 (2013)

When we last left our intrepid tiny blue friends, they had just . . . oh, why bother explaining the plot of this film’s predecessor, “The Smurfs,” when it’s going to be difficult enough to write about this sequel’s ridiculous storyline? And, unless one is either under the age of four or in a drug-induced…

Movie Trailer: The Smurfs 2 (2013)

Someone poke my smurfing eyes out. Please. That’s really all I have to say after watching the, putting it nicely, lackluster full trailer for Sony Pictures Animation’s The Smurfs 2. In it Gargamel, now a famous magician in Paris, conjures up two “Naughties” to corrupt the wholesome Smurfette in an effort to get back home….

Movie Review: Holy Motors (2012)

What do a flower-munching troll, a motion-capture performer, a dying uncle in bed, a tracksuit-wearing killer, and an accordion-playing band leader have in common? The answer is Denis Lavant. And cinema, too. These characters, all played by Lavant in various disguises throughout the course of the profoundly imaginative picture Holy Motors, have been plucked from…

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