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  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★★

    The special effects keep getting better; but the stories just keep getting more and more inane and cliché ridden. Bad humans save endangered dinosaurs in order to weaponize them and make mucho dinero. Dinosaurs do what dinosaurs do...wreck havoc. Just another theme park ride disguised as a summer blockbuster.

  • Man in an Orange Shirt

    Man in an Orange Shirt

    ★★★★

    A two-part British mini-series combined into one film on PBS. The first part tells the story of Michael, a British officer in WWII who encounters Thomas, his wounded schoolboy lover and a future gay artist, on the battlefield. They love one another; but Michael marries his girlfriend Flora anyway, and they have a child. Flora discovers Michael's gay side and can not accept it or him.

    Part two jumps to the present day, when Michael's grandson Adam (a sympathetic performance…

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  • El Topo

    El Topo

    ★★★★★

    The New York Times contacted me today for background about my review of El Topo that was published in the L.A. Free Press on April 23, 1971. They provided me with a scan of the article, and I'm reposting it here. Maybe 43 years later its verbiage is a little embarrassing; but I stand by what I wrote back then. How often do we get an opportunity to view what we thought about films through the prism of the far…

  • Joy

    Joy

    ★½

    David O. Russell's popularity and reputation for enlightened whimsy eludes me. I can't blame the actors in what has become his "stock company" for my dislike of this film. Rather it must be Russell's mechanistic, by-the-numbers script filled with neurotic characters acting nonsensically. I know I'm out of step with audiences here; so forget that I ever tried to review this film.