Author Archives: Alabama Liberal

Review: Their Finest, Buster’s Mal Heart, Donald Cried, Last Men in Aleppo, Ghost in the Shell

If the last round-up of movies were under-liked box office busts, this crop (or 4 out of 5 anyway) are critically beloved indies or documentaries. I like to keep things interesting around here. By now, the randomness is either part of the charm of this place or the reason it’s not more successful (like a… Read More »

Reviews: “Win it All,” “Tramps,” “Small Crimes,” “Imperial Dreams,” “Burning Sands,” “Coin Heist,” “Sand Castle”

People are frequently wondering where the small indies sometimes called “Slice-of-Life” dramas went as they’ve all but disappeared from theaterical distribution. It turns out, “Netflix Original films” aren’t just for shitty Adam Sandler comedies, but also a place to find small films that now struggle to get any theaterical distribution, most of which are actually… Read More »

Movie Review: Logan Lucky

Steven Soderbergh’s return to feature-film directing may come less than 5 years after “retiring,” but I’m glad he’s back. This tale about a crew of West Virginia hillbillies that robs a Nascar track is never less than compulsively watchable, and contains enough low-key pleasures to make you excited to see what Soderbergh does next. What… Read More »

AMC’s Long-Suffering (For the Viewer) “TURN” Finally Ends, & Ranking the Seasons

Why did I watch all four seasons of AMC’s “TURN?” A stubborn mix of pride and because the show’s premise—following American spies during the Revolutionary War—is unique and intriguing enough to keep me hooked on the idea that it could become excellent…or better-than-average…or non-frustrating. And, to be fair, some episodes were very strong. It just suffered from… Read More »

Movie Round-Up: Trainspotting 2, CHiPs, Belko Experiment, Wilson

If you had told me I would enjoy the critically-reviled “CHiPs” remake more than the long-anticipated “Trainspotting” sequel, I might’ve punched you in the face. But that’s exactly what happened… Trainspotting 2…Even the movie’s clumsy official title “T2” feels derivative, and although you can’t blame Danny Boyle for wanting some of that Linklater-“Before Sunset/Midnight” indie-sequel magic, this… Read More »