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  • Eclectic guitarist gets his due in 'Bill Frisell: A Portrait'

    Eclectic guitarist gets his due in 'Bill Frisell: A Portrait'

    Many musicians claim their work is “unclassifiable,” but the term applies especially to Bill Frisell, who over the years has been filed under “jazz,” “rock,” “Americana” and even “classical.” The genteel guitarist will bring his mellifluous style and gentle atmospherics to anyone who needs it —...

  • Neo-noir 'Spent' quickly exhausts audience's patience

    Neo-noir 'Spent' quickly exhausts audience's patience

    Writer-director Lisa Mikitarian goes for a stylized neo-noir aesthetic in the family melodrama “Spent,” but with amateurish acting, an overwrought script, and low-budget production design, this feature never has enough in the tank to get going in the first place. Connie Lamothe and Darren Barzegar...

  • Evan Peters and Barhad Abdi elevate glib, overdone 'The Pirates of Somalia'

    Evan Peters and Barhad Abdi elevate glib, overdone 'The Pirates of Somalia'

    Serving as something of a flipside to 2013’s Tom Hanks-starring “Captain Phillips,” Brian Buckley’s “The Pirates of Somalia,” based on a memoir by Jay Bahadur, finds itself navigating some choppy tonal waters prior to emerging as an engagingly performed take on recent world events. Bahadur’s seemingly...

  • Human Barbie can't save 'The Doll' from its own incompetent horror

    Human Barbie can't save 'The Doll' from its own incompetent horror

    Cheap-looking horror is sometimes scarier than the better-made fright flicks, because shoestring budgets and amateurish acting gives a production a shot of real danger as though anything could happen at any moment. But there are limits to how much of an edge a movie gets from incompetence — as...

  • 'The Shape of Water' and other movie picks for Dec. 8

    'The Shape of Water' and other movie picks for Dec. 8

    Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang. Blade Runner 2049 You can quibble with aspects of it, but as shaped by Denis Villeneuve and his masterful creative team, this high-end sequel puts you firmly and unassailably in another world of its own devising, and that is no...

  • 'Company Town' takes aim at factory owners in Arkansas

    'Company Town' takes aim at factory owners in Arkansas

    Paper products titan Georgia-Pacific and its owners, Koch Industries, are taken to the proverbial woodshed in the trenchant, disturbing documentary “Company Town.” This powerful film, directed by Natalie Kottke-Masocco, who co-wrote with co-director Erica Sardarian, contends that an unusually high...

  • Violent animated sci-fi 'Cinderella the Cat' strays far from source

    Violent animated sci-fi 'Cinderella the Cat' strays far from source

    The Italian animated feature “Cinderella the Cat” uses little more than the title of Giambattista Basile’s 17th century version of the Cinderella story. The title character is reduced to a minor, non-speaking figure in this violent sci-fi tale of crime and vengeance. Cinderella’s admirable father...

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