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Sunday, October 25, 2020

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Marley”

An official re-release of the Bob Marley biopic Marley is cause for celebration. The film, originally released in 2012, is out on pay-per-view and in virtual screening rooms now. This look at...

Movie Review: “The Lighthouse” shines bright (and dark…)

When Robert Eggers made his directorial debut in 2015 with one of the best horror films of the decade, it was clear that he had a unique talent for crafting atmosphere. With...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President”

In my recent interview with music writer and retired MTV Executive Bill Flanagan, the Warwick native explained how the new film Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President came to be.

What’sUp at the Movies: We Review “Palm Springs”

As a movie featuring a time loop, it’s inevitable that every review of Palm Springs, which released on Hulu today after premiering at Sundance back in January, will compare it to Groundhog...

What’sUp at the Movies: We Review: “If You Could Read My Mind”

A new documentary on the life and music of Canadian musician Gordon Lightfoot offers a comprehensive take on the singer-songwriter. The film has just been released to “virtual screening” rooms including Newport’s...

What’s Up at the Movies – We Review “Kajillionaire”

The world of Miranda July’s new film Kajillionaire is one of intense sensitivity filtered through a protagonist that doesn’t know how to process how she feels. A commitment to normalcy shown through...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Ella Fitzgerald: Just One Of Those Things”

How did a young woman labeled an “ungovernable, shaggy street kid” become the “First Lady of Song?” A new documentary on the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald does...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “She Dies Tomorrow”

She Dies Tomorrow, the new film from writer-director Amy Seimetz, begins by frustrating its audience. The first few minutes closely follow the protagonist, Amy (Kate Lynn Shell), as she unravels alone in...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something”

The phrase “When in doubt, do something,” was a way of life for the legendary musician Harry Chapin. A new film celebrating the life and legacy of the 70’s...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “John Lewis: Good Trouble”

John Lewis has some advice for you… “Get into trouble, good trouble,” he recommends. The 80-year-old Congressman and longtime Civil Rights advocate from Atlanta, GA is the subject of...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Nobody Knows I’m Here”

Despite its Chilean setting and origin, director Gaspar Antillo’s debut film Nobody Knows I’m Here (Nadie Sabe Que Estoy Aquí in the original Spanish) features a face American audiences will recognize: actor...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Get Duked!”

This week’s movie-news cycle has been dominated by the return of theatrical releases, with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and X-Men offshoot The New Mutants finally making their way the big screen— but the...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

As much as October traditionally belongs to the horror genre, it’s obvious to everyone that this moment in American culture belongs to the all-consuming presidential election. The movie world is no different—...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Enola Holmes”

Sherlock Holmes is among the most famous characters in all of fiction, as well as the human literary character with the most on-screen appearances (only Dracula has him beat overall). The new...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “The Rental”

Early responses to The Rental, the directorial debut of actor Dave Franco, have been interestingly divided. While movies often do better with general audiences than with critics, jaded as they are from...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Babyteeth”

In Babyteeth, the feature-film debut of director Shannon Murphy, chaos and order exist as complements instead of opposites. The events of the story are not strung together with conventional clarity, but the...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

The Trial of the Chicago 7, which dropped on Netflix yesterday after a limited theatrical run, is a film with palpably lofty ambitions. It intends to be the next great courtroom drama,...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review Netflix’s “The Willoughbys”

Netflix’s new, animated comedy The Willoughbys, based on a children’s book of the same name by Newbery Medalist Lois Lowry, is an odd film— the narrating cat (voiced by Ricky Gervais) says...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “The Lovebirds”

Michael Showalter’s The Lovebirds, which stars Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani as a couple on the rocks who find themselves tied up in a criminal conspiracy, was one of the first films...

What’sUp at the Movies: We Review “The Old Guard”

The Old Guard, Netflix’s new action film from director Gina Prince-Blythewood, is in a constant state of conflict with itself. The premise— an immortal group of warriors from throughout history fighting to...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “The High Note”

Like The Lovebirds, director Nisha Ganatra’s The High Note is another movie forced into an online release by the pandemic, following the $20, 48-hour rental pathway instead of selling directly to a...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Shirley”

Early on in Shirley, the new film from director Josephine Decker based on Susan Scarf Merrell’s book of the same name, the young Rose (Odessa Young) wonders at her reflections in a...

What’s Up at the Movies: “The Gentlemen”

Guy Ritchie has always been a stylish filmmaker, something that has brought him versatility and financial success, though not always affection from critics. Despite having made successful blockbusters like ...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “Mulan”

After months of disruptions that continue to impact film distribution, we’ve now reached a point in the year when studios are starting to take chances with their blockbusters - high-cost productions they...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review TFW No GF

One of the first major events to be cancelled due to COVID-19 was South by Southwest (SXSW), a film festival in Austin, Texas that represents a major landmark in the cinematic calendar....