.Kelly Vance

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Jul 26, 2023

Barbie & the Bomb: the Summer of Barbenheimer

So intense has been the advertising run-up to the Warner/Mattel candy-mobile Barbie that some may wonder what makes it worth the hype.  What’s so special...
The Quite Girl
Mar 8, 2023

‘The Quiet Girl’ Weaves Spell With Gentle Sounds of Gaelic

In Colm Bairéad’s remarkable new drama The Quiet Girl, it’s 1981 in rural Ireland, where families speak Irish Gaelic at home and cows are...
The Pale Blue Eye
Jan 11, 2023

Christian Bale Meets Poe in ‘The Pale Blue Eye’

Christian Bale has a face made for the gothic.  At this stage of his career—36 years after his youthful appearance in Steven Spielberg’s war drama,...
Nov 9, 2022

Celebrate Noirvember With Criterion’s 2022 Fox Noir Lineup

The film production company now called 20th Century Studios, previously known as 21st Century Fox, and before that as 20th Century Fox, had a...
Sep 28, 2022

Marilyn Monroe Biopic ‘Blonde’ Doesn’t Glamorize Her Dark Career

Let’s be frank. Do we really need another retelling of the Marilyn Monroe story? Really, is there anyone even remotely interested in learning the details...
Rondo and Bob
Jun 29, 2022

Summer Anti-Blockbusters

The two-year-long pandemic drought of new movies has blossomed into a bumper crop of indies in all flavors, shapes and sizes.  Genre is king once...
Jun 22, 2022

Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Leaves Us All Shook Up

The summer’s most anticipated “delayed by COVID” movie has arrived. Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis is big, glossy, rollicking, intermittently entertaining and easy to figure out.  Elvis...
Jun 1, 2022

The Re-release of Kino Lorber’s The Wobblies

A few short notes on Kino Lorber’s re-release of the angry, exhilarating 1979 documentary The Wobblies, the story of the Industrial Workers of the...

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