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Review: Mojave

— by RON WILKINSON —

Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac plays self-destructive movie star/film-maker Jack in “Mojave,” Oscar winner William Monahan’s pot-boiling tale of murder and survival.

This is a great performance by Isaac, coming on the heels of his city slicker flicks “Ex Machina” and “A Most Violent Year.” He plays a drifter roaming through the desert with a rifle, a very large knife and a very strange philosophy. The beginning of Jack’s philosophizing is also the beginning of a tedious screenplay that attempts to substitute psychobabble for character development. It does not work.

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Review: Bleak Street

— by RON WILKINSON — Now, for the most uncomfortable film of the year award, the winner is “Bleak Street” by Arturo Ripstein. The “master of the Mexican bizarre” sets a high bar in this saga of poverty, crime and depravity and clears it by a mile. Shot in beautiful black-and-white, the cinematography of the […][...]


Win LEGO Friends: Girlz 4 Life

— by SEAN GERSKI — “LEGO Friends: Girlz 4 Life” is set to arrive on Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 2 and our friends at Warner Bros. Home Video and the TetherGroup have given us a copy of the combo pack pictured here to give to a reader to celebrate the occasion. Among the many […][...]


Review: Western

— by RON WILKINSON — “Western” is the poignant story of a traditional, peaceful and productive way of life ripped apart by drugs and politicians. Directors Bill and Turner Ross take us into hearts and minds of the people of Eagle Pass, Texas, and Piedras Negras, Mexico. Celebrating centuries of living together, dealing with each […][...]


Wonder Woman: First Look

— by JOSUE SANCHEZ — After a long break from writing, I have to say putting my thoughts in writing again — to share with all of you — is a special feeling. Also, I couldn’t be happier my first article back is for a movie I feel is going to be very special. Even […][...]


Review: The Revenant

— by RON WILKINSON — Following up his Oscar powerhouse “Birdman” with this rough and ready thriller seems like a non sequitur for director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu. The film has been in the works for about 15 years and the project had already burned through at least two directors and two leads. How it ended […][...]


Review: The Forest

— by RON WILKINSON — Natalie Dormer (“Game of Thrones,” “The Tudors” TV series) does most of the heavy lifting as Sara. In the opening scenes Sara’s sister Jess is having a tough time in a remote area of Japan’s forest at the base of Mt. Fuji. This is not hard to believe since the […][...]


Review: Anomalisa

— by RON WILKINSON — Although the medium will surprise many viewers, its use, combined with the presence of only three voices, focuses the viewer on the message. The exaggerated mechanical motion of the stop action accentuates the stultified gear train that Stone goes through during most of the 24 hours of the story. When […][...]


Review: Dreams Rewired

— by RON WILKINSON — It is entirely possible that writer/directors Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart and Thomas Tode (Martin Reinhart is also credited as writer) did not know what they were getting into when they embarked upon this archival journey into the technical advances that have become life. This collection of hundreds, if not thousands, […][...]








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