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Top 10 greatest Halloween flicks

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It’s that time of year again when trick or treaters appear and even adults don elaborate costumes to attend parties. There’s no shortage of seasonal films to watch either, and so it seems like a perfect opportunity to write about some of my personal picks. Not all of these are set exactly on Halloween...

‘Amsterdam’ may not be for everyone

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Rating: 3 out of 4

Running Time: 134 minutes

This feature from 20th Century Studios opened in theaters on Oct. 7.

Filmmaker David O. Russell (“I Heart Huckabees,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle,” “Joy”) has a reputation for creating memorable, if occasionally shaggy films featuring eccentric protagonists and large ensemble casts. After spending seven years away from the director’s chair, he has returned with “Amsterdam,” a star-studded period comedy/mystery/thriller.

But those terms don’t quite sum this movie up. Like other titles from Russell, the movie is its own strange amalgam with its own unique tone. The characters are odd and the story...

‘Tár’ takes its time getting to the meat of the story

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Running Time: 158 minutes

This film from Focus Features opens in Albuquerque on Oct. 21. It opens in more markets on Oct. 28.

Most Hollywood films feature stories about a proactive hero stepping forward and overcoming great odds to either save the world or improve themselves. Occasionally, an independent title arrives that does something considerably different. Tár is one of those kinds of movies.

It’s a beautifully performed character piece, but also one that moves at an almost glacial pace. The wait is a long one and once tension does arrive the movie becomes exciting, but average moviegoers (and to a degree, this reviewer) may find the slowness...

‘Rosaline’ lacks chemistry, despite talented cast

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Running Time: 96 minutes

This feature film from 20th Century Studios will debut as a Hulu Original on Oct. 14. It will be available on Disney+ in some international territories.

A few weeks back, this reviewer screened a Netflix romantic comedy very loosely inspired by “Romeo & Juliet” from William Shakespeare. After a short period of recovery, a new movie is now arriving on Hulu that presents yet another twist on the same classic. “Rosaline” is a rom-com that focuses on the cousin of one of the two doomed lovers and focuses on her attempts to foil their relationship.

Admittedly, it will serve as acceptably frothy entertainment for tweens and is...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for Oct. 14, 2022

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Welcome to another look at some of the Blu-rays and DVDs arriving on store shelves and rental outlets (if you can find one). With Halloween arriving soon, plenty of genre films are appearing, as well as some notable titles in other genres. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week or shouldn’t be out in crowds, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

 



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