Een terugkerend verschijnsel uit de Nederlandse filmkritiek blijft me verbazen: de liefdadigheidsster. Het viel me voor het eerst op toen Zwartboek alom met vier of vijf sterren werd bewierookt, terwijl ik in de bioscoop uiteindelijk een middelmatige en weinig vernieuwende Nederlandse Oorlogsfilm zag, rijk voorzien van de cliché’s die al een halve eeuw in Nederlandse…

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I can count on the fingers of one hand the times I’ve walked out of a movie theater halfway through a movie. My attempt at watching “War for the Planet of the Apes” is the third such occasion. And to think I had such high hopes! I can only conclude that everyone who rated the…

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This review could actually be quite short. The subtitle to the movie says it all: it’s a Star Wars story. So Star Wars fans (which group probably includes all of humanity save some undiscovered tribes deep in the Amazon basin) should go see it. Nuff said. But in the unlikely event you’re here to learn…

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SPOILER ALERT! IN CASE YOU WERE STILL UNCLEAR ON THIS POINT: YES, THIS REVIEW IS RIFE WITH SPOILERS. THE FIRST SENTENCE IS A SPOILER IN ITSELF. IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE YET, STOP READING RIGHT NOW (AND COME BACK AFTER YOU HAVE). “I’m being torn apart. I want to be rid of this pain.”…

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Anyone notice the fundamental difference between these two movie posters? I’m not talking different actors, different directors (though going by their initials, they both shot a bunch of B.S.), different decades, different millennia even. I mean something even more fundamental, something that goes to the heart of what a movie poster is, or should be,…

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Pacifists, don’t ever again tell me that man invented war. Last night, in the Jungles episode of BBC’s Planet Earth series*, my wife and I watched in growing horror as a giant group of chimpanzees sent out an invasion army to occupy their neighbors’ bit of jungle, which happened to contain some fig trees the…

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Not quite. That’s about all I can usefully say about the cinematographic version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The cast are all but one not quite well-cast for their respective parts, and deliver their lines not quite convincingly. The acting is not quite good enough, the directing not quite bold and daring. The…

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