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Star Trek Beyond (Justin Lin)
The past and the s purious Trek is dead; long live Trek . Early in th is latest movie Spock (Zachary Quinto playing the emo version) gazes at the picture of his dead alternate-universe self (the more e qu a nimous Leonard Nimoy) and ponders mortality, the p...
The past and the spurious Trek is dead; long live Trek. Early in this latest movie Spock (Zachary Quinto playing the emo version) gazes at the picture of his dead alternate-universe self (the more equanimous Leonard Nimoy) an...
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Hickory Ridge Restaurant
Break fast We've watched this spot up Route 11 North turn from a pit beef joint to a 24 hour diner to this incarnation, Hickory Ridge Restaurant , one of the classier diners in the area.  It's a touch pricier than most diners too, but step inside and you ca...
Break fast We've watched this spot up Route 11 North turn from a pit beef joint to a 24 hour diner to this incarnation, Hickory Ridge Restaurant, one of the classier diners in the area. It's a touch pricier than most din...
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Game of Thrones Season 6
Game set match (Warning: surprise twists and plot details , of both series and novels, to be discussed ) Season 6 of Game of Thrones has just ended and-- ye ah.  Not sure I'm happy with the series moving past George R. R. Martin's series of novels A Song of...
Game set match (Warning: surprise twists and plot details, of both series and novels, to be discussed) Season 6 of Game of Thrones has just ended and--yeah. Not sure I'm happy with the series moving past George R. R. Mart...
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The Miracle of Morgan's Creek / Ordet
Two miracles Warning: plot of both  The Miracle of Morgan's Creek  and  Ordet discussed in close detail ) Maybe the funniest joke in Preston Sturges' classic comedy--about Trudy Kockenlocker (Betty Hutton wearing one of the mos t salacious monikers in all o...
Two miracles Warning: plot of both The Miracle of Morgan's Creek and Ordet discussed in close detail) Maybe the funniest joke in Preston Sturges' classic comedy--about Trudy Kockenlocker (Betty Hutton wearing one of the m...
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Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson)
  Anomalous Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's Anomalisa   (2015) was based on his 'sound play'--actors seated on an empty stage, reciting lines, with accompanying sound effects--and judging from what we hear the script is painfully clever, painfully funny....
Anomalous Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's Anomalisa (2015) was based on his 'sound play'--actors seated on an empty stage, reciting lines, with accompanying sound effects--and judging from what we hear the script is pain...
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Heneral Luna (Jerrold Tarog)
Heroic lunacy Jerrold Tarog's Heneral Luna  caps if you like the decades-plus quest of Filipino filmmakers to retell the Philippine Revolution and its direct aftermath the Philippine-American War, told in two distinct styles, from the more traditional Gone ...
Heroic lunacy Jerrold Tarog's Heneral Luna caps if you like the decades-plus quest of Filipino filmmakers to retell the Philippine Revolution and its direct aftermath the Philippine-American War, told in two distinct styles...
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Dung-aw (Lino Brocka, 1975)
Refrains in a song Lino Brocka's Dung-aw ( Dirge , 1976) , his musical adaptati on of the life of Gabriela Silang is one of the less acclaimed and least seen of his films and possibly for a reason: Brocka doesn't quite have a kna ck for the genre. The drama...
Refrains in a song Lino Brocka's Dung-aw (Dirge, 1976), his musical adaptation of the life of Gabriela Silang is one of the less acclaimed and least seen of his films and possibly for a reason: Brocka doesn't quite have a kna...
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Daredevil Season 2 (Doug Petrie, Marco Ramirez)
Punishing ( Warning: story an d plot twists of the Netflix series discussed in detail ) Was Daredevil Season 2 an improvement over the first ? Well yes and no. Season 2 replaced Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk with a shadowy (too shadowy) and rather b land ...
Punishing (Warning: story and plot twists of the Netflix series discussed in detail) Was Daredevil Season 2 an improvement over the first? Well yes and no. Season 2 replaced Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk with a shadowy (to...
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Richmond, VA part 2
Riv er City redux Packed the kids off to an amusement park and spent the rest of our vacation exploring the city . In Shockoe Bottom ( awesome name like a scandalous derriere) one of the city's oldest neighborhoods we found Main Street Station a 1901 Beaux ...
River City redux Packed the kids off to an amusement park and spent the rest of our vacation exploring the city. In Shockoe Bottom (awesome name like a scandalous derriere) one of the city's oldest neighborhoods we found Main...
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Food tour through Richmond VA
River City So why Richmond? Don't really know only I've visited Gettysburg and Manassas and Harper's Ferry among others, thought I'd go and take a look this time at the heart of the Confederacy. On the way we found ...
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Finding Dory (Andrew Stanton)
Frying D ory And Pixar's sequeliti s mania con tinues with this latest regurg i tated raid on their back catalog, in a way an attempt to repair their reputation afte r th e deba cle that was The Good Dinosaur . ( Preceding th e feature is the Pixar short Pi...
Frying Dory And Pixar's sequelitis mania continues with this latest regurgitated raid on their back catalog, in a way an attempt to repair their reputation after the debacle that was The Good Dinosaur. (Preceding the feature ...
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The VVitch (Robert Eggers)
Super natural Robert Egger s' debut feature The VVitch is suitably chaste and sensual--chast e in that it uses the absolute minimum in prosthetic (and digital) eff ects (thank god) ; sensual in that the whisper y trees, the velvet night, the cracked bark of...
Super natural Robert Eggers' debut feature The VVitch is suitably chaste and sensual--chaste in that it uses the absolute minimum in prosthetic (and digital) effects (thank god); sensual in that the whispery trees, the velvet...
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From my introduction to Critic After Dark: A Review of Philippine Cinema:
 
Philippine cinema has its share of gold and manure, artists and poseurs; because the average Filipino film costs a little over US$250,000 (in 2004 currency) and is usually shot on a stretch of about twenty shooting days (or less), the manure is often more odious than what passes for commercial filmmaking in Hollywood nowadays; on the other hand, because budget and schedule are often so small and tight, the rare gold nugget found seems all the more impressive, bordering perhaps on the miraculous. Thanks to those nuggets, I still believe in miracles.

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10 great American sci-fi films of the 1950s
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In the 1950s, cold war paranoia and the fear of imminent destruction gave rise to an unparalleled wave of alien invasion movies and apocalyp