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Review: Morgan

— by RON WILKINSON —

Not just another android gone bad, Luke Scott’s neo-Frankenstein soft peddles the techno-babble and gets right to the point. Artificial human female Morgan is acting up and something must be done. “Risk Management” specialist Lee Weathers (Kate Mara) is dispatched to the research site to get a first-hand look at the problem child. One look at Weathers and we know she has not been sent to fill out insurance forms. She is all about business, something the rest of the characters seem to have forgotten.

Morgan (a great performance by Anya Taylor-Joy of “The Witch”) is an androgynous teenage robot that has come to combine the worst aspects of Regan in “The Exorcist” and H.A.L. 9000 in “2001: A Space Odyssey.” (CONTINUED)


Review: Don’t Breathe

— by RON WILKINSON — Breakout writer/director Fede Alvarez unleashes a corker of a teen caper horror flick with “Don’t Breathe.” The movie starts out slow with the usual semi-lame dialogue and pretzel logic, but things pick up quite nicely right to the end. The screenplay, co-written with Rodo Sayagues, features three marginalized teenagers in […][...]


Review: Lo and Behold

— by RON WILKINSON — Werner Herzog has made some great documentaries in his time. This is not one of them. A confused hodge-podge of social criticism, sci-fi prognostics and impending internet doom, the film unfolds like a bad dream. Aimless interviews with academics that are either blithering mad or talking so far over the […][...]


Review: Don’t Think Twice

— by RON WILKINSON — The great thing about Mike Birbiglia’s tale of six comics is that although set in New York City, it manages to be about the people and not the place. The city certainly has its part, contributing the crushing poverty, the insane stress and the daily humiliation that makes up the […][...]


Review: My King (Mon Roi)

— by BEV QUESTAD — The guy is neither all that good looking nor professionally stable. But he’s got a swagger, a self-confidence bound in self-indulgence, and he lives for the now without reflection. He is what my mother would call a rake, a man without morals or empathy. This film is about a good […][...]


Review: Anthropoid

— by RON WILKINSON — Cillian Murphy plays mission leader Josef Gabcík and Jamie Dornan plays his conflicted second in command, Jan Kubis, in “Anthropoid,” a wartime thriller about the assassination of Nazi chief Reinhard Heydrich. The commander was considered the third most powerful of the Nazi elite, the brutal executive of the critical production […][...]


Review: Florence Foster Jenkins

— by RON WILKINSON — Director Stephen Frears has done better things. His visceral 1990 Oscar-winner “The Grifters” was as serious as a heart attack compared to his Oscar-winning “The Queen” in 2006. But both were heavies compared to this flighty flick. Meryl Streep plays the titular Jenkins and Hugh Grant plays her husband, St. […][...]


Review: My Love, Don’t Cross that River

— by BEV QUESTAD — I love this film. Couched in poetic scenery through the seasons, this love story/documentary reveals a 76-year partnership that teaches and inspires. The couple lives on a traditional South Korean outpost across from an embankment to a bubbling stream. They have two dogs and they have each other. After raking […][...]


Review: Disorder

— by RON WILKINSON — Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger are fun to watch in this simmering pot-boiler wannabe, but, as in meditation, one waits and waits and then … nothing. Schoenaerts plays Foreign Legion Afghanistan veteran Vincent Loreau, apparently an elite soldier who has returned home with afflicted with PTSD. He is in treatment […][...]








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