Clooney soars in serio-comedy, ‘Up in the Air’

Flix | April 1st, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Bill Wine Each week, veteran film critic Bill Wine will look back at an important film that is worth watching, either for the first time or again. Where the Oscar-nominated (and six times at that) “Up in the Air” is concerned, there’s nothing to be up in the air about: This 2009 Best Picture […]

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‘Dan in Real Life’ a touching, graceful romcom

Flix | March 20th, 2020 | Leave a comment

Each week, veteran film critic Bill Wine will look back at an important film that is worth watching, either for the first time or again. Prefer a comedy with less of an edge? “Dan in Real Life” (2007) is about as good as reel life gets. This richly warm and funny romantic comedy may have […]

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Among Pixar’s animated greats, ‘Up’ stands tall

Flix | February 28th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Bill Wine Each week, veteran film critic Bill Wine will look back at an important film that is worth watching, either for the first time or again. Ho hum: another animated masterpiece.  Must be Pixar. What’s “Up” with that? This makes umpteen feature-length, computer-animated cartoons from Pixar, including “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Monsters, […]

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‘Knowing’ is a time-travelling thriller worth revisiting

Flix | February 21st, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Bill Wine Each week, veteran film critic Bill Wine will look back at an important film that is worth watching, either for the first time or again. On paper, “Knowing” looks like yet another subpar Nicolas Cage-starring thriller. I mean, let’s face it: critic after critic after critic has characterized his crowded but unimpressive […]

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Linklater’s “Before Midnight” completes romantic trilogy

Flix | February 14th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Bill Wine Each week, veteran film critic Bill Wine will look back at an important film that is worth watching, either for the first time or again. “Before Midnight,” the third of the “Before” movies, arrives after. After its two predecessors, that is: “Before Sunrise” (1995) and “Before Sunset” (2004). This second sequel is […]

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Harvey Milk biopic is among filmmaker Van Sant’s very best

Flix | February 7th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Bill Wine Each week, veteran film critic Bill Wine will look back at an important film that is worth watching, either for the first time or again. On a 1978 morning, disgruntled politician Dan White climbed through a City Hall window and assassinated San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, then shot and killed City Supervisor […]

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