Dan Lybarger

Dan Lybarger is a freelance film critic and writer whose work has appeared in The Kansas City Star, The Pitch, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Cineaste and other publications.

“MIDWAY”

By Dan Lybarger / November 8th, 2019 / 0 Comments

Air Machinist Mate Third Class Bruno Gaido (Nick Jonas) was a real-life war hero, though the derring-do he’s depicted as performing in Roland Emmerich’s Midway actually happened months before that battle.  Cast: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Woody Harrelson, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Alexander Ludwig, Aaron Eckhart, Darren Criss, Nick Jonas, Jake Weber, Tadanobu…

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“LAST CHRISTMAS”

By Dan Lybarger / November 7th, 2019 / 0 Comments

Cast: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh, Lydia Leonard, Boris Iskovic, Peter Mygind, Rob Delaney, Laura Evelyn, Ingrid Oliver | Director: Paul Feig | Rating: PG-13, for language and sexual content | Running time: 1 hour, 42 minutes by DAN LYBARGER SPECIAL TO ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE | November 8, 2019 at 1:47 a.m. Coming out more…

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“Harriet”

By Dan Lybarger / November 1st, 2019 / 0 Comments

Cynthia Erivo plays Harriet Tubman in Kasi Lemmons’ straightforward film about the escaped slave’s transformation into an American hero who helped free hundreds from bondage. Cast: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, Clarke Peters, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Vanessa Bell Calloway | Director: Kasi Lemmons | Rating: Rated PG-13 | Running time:…

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“Motherless Brooklyn”

By Dan Lybarger / November 1st, 2019 / 0 Comments

Laura Rose (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Gabby Horowitz (Cherry Jones) are idealistic activists trying to stop a ruthless land developer — based on the real-life New York figure Robert Moses, who at one point held 12 public offices simultaneously despite never winning an election — from dominating the city in Motherless Brooklyn. Cast: Edward Norton, Bruce…

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“BLACK AND BLUE”

By Dan Lybarger / October 25th, 2019 / 0 Comments

by DAN LYBARGER  | October 26, 2019 Originally Published at: https://www.efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=32939&reviewer=382 As he matures, producer-director Deon Taylor is slowly learning that storytelling can be a lot more suspenseful than borrowing jump scares from other movies. In his previous thriller The Intruder, Taylor practically broadcast the dangers to come so it wasn’t shocking that Dennis Quaid wasn’t…

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“THE CURRENT WAR”: a dim look at what should have been epic storytelling

By Dan Lybarger / October 25th, 2019 / 0 Comments

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Thomas Edison in The Current War: The Director’s Cut, a film about the battle between Edison and George Westinghouse over whose electrical system would power the new century. by DAN LYBARGER SPECIAL TO ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE | October 25, 2019 at 7:05 a.m. Director’s Cut | Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon | Rating: PG-13,…

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“Maleficent”: Mistress of Evil Misnomer for CGI-Heavy Tale

By Dan Lybarger / October 18th, 2019 / 0 Comments

Mistress of Evil Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) would rather not engage with puny humans but suffers them for her goddaughter’s sake in Disney’s latest live-action fairy tale. by DAN LYBARGER SPECIAL TO DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE | October 18, 2019 at 1:47 a.m. Director: Joachim Ronning | Rating: PG, for intense sequences of fantasy action/ violence and brief scary…

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“Flannery”: Film probes O’Connor, her place in “Christ-haunted South”

By Dan Lybarger / October 18th, 2019 / 0 Comments

Flannery O’Connor’s brief life and enduring career are examined in Flannery, a new documentary by Jesuit priest Mark Bosco and film scholar Elizabeth Coffman, that opens the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival tonight. by DAN LYBARGER Special to the Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2019 at 1:43 a.m. During her brief life, (Mary) Flannery O’Connor wrote…

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