Author: Tim Pompey

The Great War

TolkienDirected by Dome KarukoskiStarring: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm MeaneyRated PG-13 for some sequences of war violence1 hr., 52 mins. In college, I lost myself in Tolkien’s writings. From The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, his work exposed me to a world beyond my small-town life and my insulated academic environment. How strange that I never bothered to know J.R.R. Tolkien, the man who created this world. It was as if he wrote in such a fashion that his words consumed his identity, and I was absorbed in them. Forty-five years later, in the film Tolkien,...

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CREATURE COMFORTS | Beat the summer heat with sequels, the reimagined, docudramas and more

Summer is always a time to pursue your interests, whatever they may be. Vacation. Travel. Weddings. Wine. Vegas. Bunko. Yada yada. It’s no different for films. For summer 2019, I know you’re anticipating a summer feast, an annual tradition since the invention of Jaws back in 1975. Just be aware: If you’re looking for new films, there are going to be sequels. Lots and lots of sequels. It seems that summer has become the season of reruns. Still, it doesn’t mean we can’t find some gems, even if you’re sitting in a theater and saying, “Wait a minute, haven’t I seen...

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Aunt Juggalo’s in the house

FamilyDirected by:    Laura SteinelStarring: Kate McKinnon, Taylor Schilling, Brian Tyree Henry, Bryn Vale, Eric Edelstein, Allison TolmanRated R for language, some sexual content and drug use1 hr., 25 mins. So, when you were growing up, did you like your parents? Did they like you? How about all those times you snuck around doing things your folks wouldn’t approve of and got away with it? Ah, yeah, good times, good times. Or . . . maybe not. There are a lot of good family films about coming of age. When it comes to teenage girls and their home life, I...

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Who let this cat out of the bag?

Pet SemataryDirected by Kevin Kölsch, Dennis WidmyerStarring: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John LithgowRated R for horror violence, bloody images and some language1 hr., 41 mins. I don’t know why a fine writer like Stephen King has had such bad luck with films based on his books. Not that I blame him for being paid for his film rights. But beyond the economics, with some exceptions such as Stand by Me and Misery, most of his works end up being overhauled and butchered by film producers and directors. It’s particularly disturbing in this production of his 1983 novel Pet Sematary....

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Once upon a horse

The MustangDirected by Laure de Clermont-TonnerreStarring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jason Mitchell, Bruce DernRated R for language, some violence and drug content1 hr., 36 mins. So you’re a French actress who wants to make her directorial debut with a film starring a Belgian actor in the lead and a plot based on real-life prisoners in a Nevada correctional facility who tame wild horses for auction. Swell. Who do you try to sell this to? Good question. Well, it helps if you’re able to convince Robert Redford and Sundance Studios to step in with financing, and Redford of course will be one...

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