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Tom Von Malder of Owls Head has reviewed music since 1972, just after graduation from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He has reviewed videos/DVDs since 1988. His columns, VidVues and Tom's Picks, have been a fixture in The Courier-Gazette since 1979. He also writes about television and books on occasion.

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    July 20, 2021

    Mean Statham leads ‘Wrath of Man’

    VidVues/Tom’s Picks: Wrath of Man, Pickup on South Street, Held, Threshold, Almost Famous, Your Honor, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

  • Published
    July 13, 2021

    Live in Rio: Stones, Focus

    VidVues/Tom’s Picks: The newest live Rolling Stones archival release.

  • Published
    July 6, 2021

    Violence in ‘Nobody’ and poliziotteschi films

    Tom Von Malder of Owls Head has reviewed music since 1972, just after graduation from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He has reviewed videos/DVDs since 1988. His columns, VidVues and Tom’s Picks, have been a fixture in The Courier-Gazette since 1979. He also writes about television and books on occasion.

  • Published
    June 26, 2021

    Historic Sabbath, new Styx

    Tom Von Malder of Owls Head has reviewed music since 1972, just after graduation from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He has reviewed videos/DVDs since 1988. His columns, VidVues and Tom’s Picks, have been a fixture in The Courier-Gazette since 1979. He also writes about television and books on occasion.

  • Published
    June 13, 2021

    Live concerts from Jethro Tull, New Order and tribute efforts

    Tom Von Malder of Owls Head has reviewed music since 1972, just after graduation from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He has reviewed videos/DVDs since 1988. His columns, VidVues and Tom’s Picks, have been a fixture in The Courier-Gazette since 1979. He also writes about television and books on occasion.

  • Published
    June 8, 2021

    Open ‘The Vault’ to an interesting caper

    The Vault (Spain, Paramount, DVD, R, 118 min.). While “The Vault” may not offer characters with a lot of depth, the execution of their robbery of a bank in Madrid is loaded with clever details and enough suspense to make the film worth watching. Plus, it stars Freddie Highmore (TV’s “Bates Motel,” “The Good Doctor”), who is always watchable and adds immediate sympathy to his characters. The film starts with a …

  • Published
    June 1, 2021

    Go-Go’s, Numan and Hatfield

    The Go-Go’s: God Bless the Go-Go’s (2001, Eagle Records, CD or vinyl). Twenty years ago, 23 years after the all-female band formed in Los Angeles and 17 years after the band had broken up, The Go-Go’s reunited to create this, their fourth and what proved to be final album. In this year that The Go-Go’s finally will be inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, the album makes its vinyl debut and the CD is …

  • Published
    May 30, 2021

    Not enough T&J in ‘Tom & Jerry: The Movie’

    Tom & Jerry: The Movie (Warner Bros., Blu-ray or DVD, PG, 101 min.). There are a few moments of classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon Tom & Jerry fun in this hybrid film, which keeps all the animal characters in classic 2D format, while they interact with the real world and a human plot that just isn’t very interesting. That plot is about a New York City “It” couple planning to hold their Hindu wedding ceremony at the …

  • Published
    May 17, 2021

    Neeson slows down in ‘Marksman’

    The Marksman (Universal, Blu-ray or DVD, PG-13, 108 min.). For a film called “The Marksman,” there is remarkable very little shooting until the final 10 or so minutes. In the film, directed and co-written by Robert Lorenz (“Trouble with the Curve”), Neeson continues his second-half-of-career action-hero mode, only at a much slower pace, a pace so slow, in fact, that it makes the film mediocre. There really is not …

  • Published
    May 8, 2021

    One great performance in ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

    Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros., Blu-ray or DVD, R, 126 min.). Daniel Kaluuya brings intensity to his portrayal of Fred Hampton, leader of the Illinois Black Panther Party, who used his fierce speechifying to create his “rainbow coalition” of peoples of all races in 1968 Chicago against a common enemy that included the FBI and police who believe murder is a proper tool. Kaluuya, as Hampton, gives more …

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