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  • Gloria Bell

    Gloria Bell

    ★★★½

    When allowed by her scripts, Julianne Moore is an actress of tremendous empathy. Here it is interesting to see her portray a flawed woman clinging to the small pleasures of her post-divorce life in LA. She heads out to nightclubs (seemingly timewarped from the 70s with clientele who've kept aging the entire time) for cocktails and dancing. And she flirts.

    It's hard for me to write about the film without spoiling the ending, but suffice to say the film's climax…

  • Paddleton

    Paddleton

    ★★★★

    The recent career renaissance of Ray Romano has been a sight to behold. Forever known for his comedy, Romano's transition into more dramatic roles has been a tremendous success. From ABC's Parenthood to HBO's Vinyl to his excellent turn in The Big Sick, Romano has all of a sudden become a dramatic (and dramedic, to make up a word) force. Paddleton is no different.

    Paddleton tells a very simple story of two close friends dealing with a terminal cancer diagnosis.…

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  • Shaft

    Shaft

    ★★★

    Objectively, this is a pretty awful movie. The direction (from Fantastic Four and Think Like a Man “auteur” Tim Story) is flat and uninspired. The action is poorly staged. Jessie T. Usher is absolutely atrocious here. At the surface level, the film’s humor is almost shockingly retrograde: gay panic, snowflake millennials, and 'silly women wanting to have rights and opinions' are the flavors of the week here.

    And yet, the film is written by Kenya Barris, the creator of Black-ish…

  • Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    ★★★★½

    I had the opportunity to see an early screening of Martin Scorsese’s new Dylan documentary. Prior to the film, I had only a fleeting knowledge of Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Troupe. What Scorsese and his team have crafted through a mishmash of concert footage, behind the scenes home video clips, and retrospective interviews is a remarkable slice of history. The Rolling Thunder Troupe was a 1975-76 featuring Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, and many many others playing small intimate venues,…