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Sleep Furiously

Lovely and comforting portrait of life in a Welsh village —Marty Mapes (DVD review...)

Colorless green photography plagues Sleep Furiously

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Recent Reviews

These are our latest reviews of movies at theaters, at the art house, or at festivals.

Raya and the Last Dragon

***1/22021

The scenario is remarkably well thought out and intricate.

Some of the animation and visuals are so exquisite, Raya and the Last Dragon should be seen on the biggest screen possible.

Nomadland

****Chloe Zhao

This is one movie that gets more rewarding as the layers are peeled away.

Nomadland takes a seemingly very simple idea and turns it into something much more complex and rewarding.

Tom and Jerry (2021)

*1/22021, Tim Story

A soulless endeavor that struggles to find a tone and a pace matching the efforts of Hanna-Barbera.

Tom and Jerry is about as much fun as walking barefoot across a floor covered with mouse traps.

The Mauritanian

***2021, Kevin MacDonald

At the heart of all this is what should be a major breakout performance from Tahar Rahim.

Mohamedou Slahi’s autobiographical account of being held at Gitmo in the aftermath of 9/11 is a disturbing tale of revenge disguised as justice.

Flora & Ulysses

***2021, Lena Khan

The movie offers a timely reminder the world is still full of wonder and magic.

Flora & Ulysses is a cute little family comedy that’s pushed over the top by a cast that manages to sell both the goofy humor and the heartfelt message.

Wonder Woman 1984

***1/22020, Patty Jenkins

It’s a movie that pretty much has it all. Heart. Humor. Action.

Elevated by a strong emotional core, Wonder Woman 1984 takes the mythology of Diana Prince and flies to new heights.

Promising Young Woman

***1/22020, Emerald Fennell

At the core of this Promising Young Woman’s DNA is black comedy.

It’d be nice if more revenge flicks had the smarts of Promising Young Woman.

Greenland

*1/22020, Ric Roman Waugh

There is absolutely nothing new in Greenland.

Maybe now’s not the right time for a global disaster movie.

Wild Mountain Thyme

***2020, John Patrick Shanley

It’s a refreshing journey down a different path.

Wild Mountain Thyme feels like a badly needed Christmas hug.

Back in 1987, John Patrick Shanley made quite a splash as the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck. What followed has been an interesting ride through the theatrical and cinematic arts. A mere three years after Moonstruck, anticipation was sky high for Shanley’s directorial debut, Joe Versus the Volcano, which opened with a thud but has quietly gained a greater appreciation over the years.

Half Brothers

***2020, Luke Greenfield

The movie manages to rather deftly maintain a tone-morphing trick from start to finish.

Half Brothers packs enough heart and food for thought to make the road trip comedy’s occasional potholes a little less jarring.

The Last Vermeer

***1/22020, Dan Friedkin

Even 75 years after its conclusion, World War II is still fertile ground for fresh cautionary tales.

The Last Vermeer has the kind of twists and nuances only history can provide.

Sound of Metal

**1/22020, Darius Marber

Watching Sound of Metal is a frustrating experience. Part of it is by design.

Sound of Metal features a strong idea, but its storytelling sensibilities are muffled.

Let Him Go

**1/22020, Thomas Bezucha

It’s something along the lines of Louis L’Amour meets Blumhouse.

As with most split personality movies, Let Him Go doesn’t quite work.

Honest Thief

**2020, Mark Williams

Honest Thief leaves the moviegoer feeling a little robbed.

Liam Neeson almost manages to make an honest movie out of Honest Thief.

The Glorias

****2020, Julie Taymor

It’s terrific filmmaking on all levels.

Julie Taymor turns Gloria Steinem’s life story into a moving work of art.