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  • Never Look Away

    Never Look Away

    ★★★★½

    ReelBob: ‘Never Look Away’ ★★★½
    By Bob Bloom
    What inspires art? What forces or memories in an individual’s psyche trigger the need to create, to express a particular point of view, to the world?
    That is the central question of “Never Look Away,” a three-hour-plus historical drama that follows nearly 30 years in the life of Kurt Barnet (Tom Schilling), a painter loosely modeled on Gerhard Richter, a renowned 20th-century visual artist.
    The movie’s canvas is large, beginning in 1937…

  • Capernaum

    Capernaum

    ★★★★½

    ReelBob: ‘Capernaum’ ★★★½
    By Bob Bloom
    Sometimes, a movie comes along that makes you forget it’s a picture and preys on your soul and your conscience to the point that you feel you need to jump into the frame to try helping those on screen.
    Intellectually, you know that it’s impossible, but emotionally you are seized by an urgency to somehow shape for the better the events unfolding before you.
    Thus, it is with director Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum.” This Lebanese…

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  • Adventures of Captain Marvel

    Adventures of Captain Marvel

    ★★★★

    In September 2017, Kino Lorber released a second Republic Pictures serial on Blu-ray.
    Earlier, Kino Lorber had released a wonderful digital transfer of 1939’s “Daredevils of the Red Circle.” It featured a sharp picture and an impressive audio transfer.
    The Blu-ray quality of “Adventures of Captain Marvel” is near mint, although I noticed a few lines and scratches through the opening credits on a couple of episodes.
    The audio quality of this release also is well done. I did not…

  • Batman and Robin

    Batman and Robin

    A cheapie Sam Katzman serial produced for Columbia Pictures is embarrassing, considering how much better contemporary portrayals of Batman have become. The plot is childish, and the overall story lacks any class. The serial should be sent to a junk heap and forgotten.