.Richard von Busack

fresh kills, mob movie, cinequest film festival
Aug 16, 2023

Certified Fresh

Cleverly titled Cinequest opener Fresh Kills gets its name from a spot on Staten Island.  ”Kills” is a Dutch word for a riverbed. Until it...
Futurama, Matt Groening, cartoon
Jul 26, 2023

Back to the Futur-

Season 11 of Futurama continues The Simpsons’ co-creator Matt Groening’s brash vaudeville about a trio of working stiffs a couple of eons from now.  Fry...
Ezra Miller as The Flash
Jun 14, 2023

Double Flash: Keaton’s Batman Returns to the DCEU

Barry Allen is the man who can outrun time itself. Bathed in electrified chemicals, he became The Flash, the fastest man alive. Seeing the previews...
Hollow TV screen with a river behind it
Jan 2, 2022

Life Is But a Stream: Movie Trends in 2021

Things fall apart. Markets fragment. The critic’s traditional “top 10” list means less in this era of diversified audiences. Audiences are multiverses, each with...
Mar 18, 2020

House Arrest

Hillary Clinton's life exemplifies the Goldilocks test, with which all second-wave feminists are familiar: you're always either too this or too that. You can be Secretary of State for four years and still have a male passerby say you need to smile more.
Mar 11, 2020

Review: ‘The Night’

One wants to note the levels of censorship in Iran; rules dictate everything from the invocation to Allah on the first title card, to the conduct of the characters. (To be fair, the production code in Hollywood film was deeply restrictive and yet oversaw hundreds of brilliant films.) Bretow and Ahari sent me a note explaining.
Mar 11, 2020

Review: ‘Onward’

It's about 1975, if there's a way to account for the cellphones: Big burly Barley (Chris Pratt does the voice) with his attempted beard, and his beat up van with Pegasus on it, complicates the life of his little brother Ian (Tom Holland) who has just turned 16. Barley has a headful of Magic the Gathering type lore, which he swears is all based on authentic historical events.
Mar 11, 2020

Monument Man

It's a tale of dashed hopes and silver linings. In other words, it's a typical Irish story. On March 17, 3Below Theaters & Lounge stages the U.S. debut of a play about a small Irish town and a fateful visit from former President Bill Clinton.

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