Category Archives: TV & Movies

The Catcher Was a Spy

Paul Rudd isn’t necessarily the first actor you think of when you hear the phrase “strong, silent type,” but that’s how he’s been cast in “The Catcher Was a Spy.” This film from director Ben Lewin an writer Robert Rodat (“Saving Private Ryan“) is biographical drama about Morris “Moe” Berg, an unremarkable major league catcher…

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“Damsel” is a sly feminist manifesto disguised as a shaggy, amiable hangout movie. It’s a quirky, comic Western with bursts of startling violence. And it calls for a bit of a high-wire act from its gifted cast, particularly Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska and co-writer/director David Zellner, who must navigate terrain that’s both quietly beautiful and…

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Home Entertainment Consumer Guide: June 21, 2018

5 NEW TO NETFLIX “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”“In Bruges““A Star is Born”“Step Up 2: The Streets”“The Vietnam War” 4 NEW TO BLU-RAY/DVD “Bowling For Columbine” (Criterion) We’ve written a lot about the timing of Criterion releases before. It’s a fascinating system, one that often feels like it’s not tied to anything else in the…

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If I Had an Emmy Ballot 2018

Dear Emmy Voters, you have a deadline approaching and a duty to do what’s right for quality television. You have been tasked with picking the best of the 2017-18 season from the small screen, and we know that the obligation gets more overwhelming every year. For decades, all you had to worry about was the…

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Love and Survival: David and Nathan Zellner on Damsel

A cowboy ventures into deep the Wild West with his pastor sidekick, in hopes of rescuing his one true love who has been kidnapped. It’s a common set-up for a Western but just the beginning of where the wacky, leisurely genre film “Damsel” takes a viewer. Written and directed by Nathan Zellner and David Zellner, the movie is…

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