Author: Tim Pompey

Snakes, religion and romance

Them That FollowDirected by: Britt Poulton, Dan Madison SavageStarring: Walton Goggins, Olivia Colman, Kaitlyn Dever, Alice EnglertRated R for disturbing violence1 hr., 38 mins. This film feels personal to me. Why else would you pick a topic about Pentecostal snake handlers, a secluded Appalachian community, and illicit romance? It’s a chance you take because you want to veer far off the beaten path. Mara Childs (Alice Englert) is on the verge of making an important choice. Her beau, Garret (Lewis Pullman), is ready to ask her father, Pentecostal preacher and devoted snake handler Lemuel Childs (Walton Goggins), for Mara’s...

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Swimmin’ with the gators

CrawlDirected by Alexandre AjaStarring: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark, Cso-CsoRated R for bloody creature violence and brief language1 hr., 27 min. Ha! I know you’re laughing at me for picking this film. It’s OK. It’s August, traditionally a dog month for films. So when it comes to selecting a low-rent release and I have a limited number of choices, I always pick the film with the animal. Last year, it was The Meg. This year, it’s alligators AND a scruffy but cute dog named Sugar. While this is not the first film to feature a gator as predator,...

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A long country road from Glasgow

Wild RoseDirected by Tom HarperStarring: Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, Sophie OkonedoRated R for language throughout, some sexuality and brief drug material1 hr., 41 mins. Ah, finally, an independent film that’s worth a summer’s viewing. Something different, a little off the beaten path, a loving romp through fresh fields of country music. All placed (mostly) in Glasgow. Yup. Scotland, where there really is a bar named The Grand Ole Opry, and folks honestly do love their country music. As they would say in my native Tennessee: Whoo boy, get a load a’ this. Now, let me tell you right off:...

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Toys continue to delight

Toy Story 4Directed by: Josh CooleyStarring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony HaleRated G1 hr., 40 mins. It’s hard to imagine a film series more beloved by adults and children than Toy Story. For almost 25 years, we’ve delighted in the adventures of cowboy Woody, astronaut Buzz Lightyear and their merry band of gizmo pranksters. After Toy Story 3 was released in 2010, many thought the adventures were a wrap and that the fun would be in the memories the films would create for our children and grandchildren. Turns out we were wrong. But Toy Story 4 is...

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Zombie film has teeth

The Dead Don’t DieDirected by Jim JarmuschStarring: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, Chloë SevignyRated R for zombie violence/gore and for language1 hr., 44 mins. Watching films by Jim Jarmusch is an acquired taste, and not just because they tend to be offbeat. They’re disorienting. Actors don’t feel like actors. A script is just words on paper. It’s the film that counts. The images. The impact. I first encountered him in 1984 with the film Stranger Than Paradise. I’ve been a fan ever since. And for 35 years, I’ve kept coming back. Any of you remember Ripley’s Believe It...

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