The Watchers

Adapted and directed by Ishana Night Shyamalan (daughter of M. Night), this supposed suspense/horror flick is actually neither and instead plods along, heavy on mood and eeriness but not much else. The story of four people locked in a mirrored room in the Irish woods while ‘others’ watch them stand […]

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How to Rob a Bank

Presented as a bizarre and outrageous true-crime documentary about the ‘Hollywood’ bank robberies in early/mid-90s Seattle, this Netflix original winds up being a fairly straight-forward story about Scott Scurlock, an eccentric guy who was good at robbing banks. Sure, he lived in a treehouse and liked to stand around naked […]

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Jim Henson: Idea Man

Chronicling the life (and amazing ideas) of the father of The Muppets, this snazzy documentary directed by Ron Howard takes you on a wildly imaginative and creative journey. It’s a moving and fairly comprehensive look at Henson without ever being just a video version of a Wikipedia entry. Contributions from […]

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The Beach Boys

History remembers them as the all-American band who gave us so many classic songs, but, of course, there’s much more to the story. Directed by Frank Marshall and Thom Zimny, this all-encompassing documentary (for the most part, anyway – there’s only so much you can cram into just under two […]

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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

The origin story of Charlize Theron’s character from 2015’s outstanding ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, this gonzo epic of murder and mayhem is a mesmerizing, full-throttle achievement from writer/director George Miller (who, incidentally, just turned 79). Anya Taylor-Joy leads the way as the young abductee taken by the desert warlord Dementus […]

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The Blue Angels

What could have been (and still, admittedly, largely is) a ‘rah-rah’ commercial for the US Navy’s elite show squadron, this surprisingly moving, all-access documentary goes behind closed doors and inside the cockpits for a captivating glimpse at how those incredible flight demonstrations come together. Going in, you may not be […]

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The Last Stop in Yuma County

This desert-set neo-noir is a quintessential one-room, real-time white-knuckle ride. A gaggle of folks find themselves in a 1970’s diner in the middle of nowhere waiting for a gas truck that may or may not ever come. When two gnarly bank robbers arrive on the scene, it’s only a matter […]

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Force of Nature: The Dry 2

This follow-up to 2020’s excellent Outback-set mystery/thriller is a fairly compelling film set in the wilds of an Australian forest; five women head out on a corporate hiking retreat, but only four return. Eric Bana leads the way as Federal Agent Aaron Falk (the only connection to the original film), […]

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Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

The fourth in the recent ‘Apes’ reboot series, this entry takes place ‘many generations’ after the goings-on of 2017’s ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’, and reveals that humans have devolved and the apes now rule the dystopian world. Director Wes Ball (the ‘Maze Runner’ series) has put together […]

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Mother of the Bride

If I could just drop my head in my hands and walk away, I would. Even grading on the curve of this being a silly little Hallmark-y Netflix original, it’s easily among the most pointless and utterly vapid of its ilk in years. Brooke Shields and Benjamin Bratt star as […]

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