“Senior Moment,” directed by Giorgio Serafini and written by first timers Kurt Brungardt and Christopher Momenee, is not a terrible movie, it’s just not a good one. The story is as old as the protagonists. Seventy-something Victor Martin, retired test pilot, resides in Palm Springs and lives for his Porsche. Never married, Martin is narcissistic…

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“The Dam Busters” – A hit Part of Film Movement Classics Blu-Ray DVD launch, “The Dam Busters,” directed by Michael Anderson, known for a number of big features in the 50s and 60s (“Shoes of the Fisherman” “The Quiller Memorandum”), is a film that deserves a reissue. Originally released in 1955, the screenplay written by…

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“Ice Cold in Alex,” was directed by J. Lee Thompson at the beginning of a well-earned career rise that soon included “Cape Fear,” now considered a classic of the genre, two of the “Planet of the Apes” movies, and the action World War II film “The Guns of Navarone.” Based on the novel by Christopher…

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“Wojnarowicz,” the rest of whose title is unprintable but highly evocative, is a documentary about a long neglected artist. Directed by Chris McKim (“Out of Iraq”), “Wojnarowicz” chronicles the life and trials of “guerilla” artist David Wojnarowicz. Wojnarowicz’s very original artist’s voice and eye was comprehensive. He produced paintings, prints, photography, film, installations, as well…

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“Parlement” is a new political comedy centered in Brussels at the headquarters of the European Union. Written by an international host of writers based on an original idea by Noe Debre, “Parlement” is a humorous take on governmental dysfunction at a global European level. Naïve young Samy has just arrived from Paris to take up…

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“Crisis,” the thoughtful film directed and written by Nicholas Jarecki, is definitely worth your consideration. Timing, as has long been said, is everything and this film should have been blessed by the timing of the revelations into the OxyContin industry and the part played by Purdue Pharmaceuticals and the Sackler family. Instead it is damned…

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“My Beautiful Stutter,” the elegantly profound documentary directed by Ryan Gielen and written by Steve Sander, will open your eyes to this affliction. There are almost 70 million stutterers in the world, more than 3 million in the U.S. It affects one in twenty children. Many stutterers undergo speech therapy in hopes of finding the…

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“The People vs. Agent Orange” is not the first foray into this morass by co-directors Kate Taverna and Alan Adelson. They previously collaborated on “Agent Orange: La dernière bataille” (“Agent Orange, the last battle”), a television documentary for the French and German markets that premiered in the fall of 2020. “The People vs. Agent Orange”…

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“The Orphanage,” a film by female Afghani director/writer Shahrbanoo Sadat, is enlightening in many ways. What could be a depressing look into the abandoned in Afghanistan, is, instead, a film illustrating the French aphorism — the more things change, the more they remain the same. We first meet 15 year old Qodrat as he enjoys…

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“Mr. Topaze,” a long lost film from 1961 and Peter Seller’s directorial debut was a one-off. Although maintaining a controlling hand in many of his features, this was his sole feature credit as a director. Watching the film, you will understand why. Originally written in 1928, “Mr. Topaze” was a highly regarded stage play, the…

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The opening moments of “Til Kingdom Come” are chilling as we watch a man set up targets outdoors and load his automatic weapon as he explains what motivates disenfranchised rural southern Christians. Believing they had been dismissed by Obama, they moved forward with Trump because he pushed their agenda. As he points out, “We are…

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“The Father,” a trip down no-memory lane, started life as one of Florian Zeller’s character plays. This powerful piece focusing on the steep descent into dementia has been brought to the screen in a translation by Christopher Hampton, with the screenplay written by Hampton and Zeller featuring Zeller in his directorial debut. Like the other…

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“Mafia, Inc.” is a wild, rambling, riveting ride through the mean streets of Montreal. French Canadian director, Daniel Grou goes by the single moniker of Podz. Pulling stories from the nonfiction book entitled Mafia Inc. by André Cédilot and André Noël about the true-life Rizzuto clan, screenwriter Sylvain Guy has created a film full of…

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