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.

Dissecting Dr. Strangelove

By Dan Lybarger / October 16th, 2019 / 0 Comments

by DAN LYBARGER Special to the Democrat-Gazette | July 22, 2016 at 1:51 a.m. The most shocking aspect of Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 nightmare comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is not how the idiosyncratic filmmaker made nuclear warfare funny nor that he earned three Oscar nominations (for…

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Hot Springs Film Festival: Finding Sublime in the Mundane

By Dan Lybarger / October 11th, 2019 / 0 Comments

If there is one theme that emerges from this year’s Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, it’s that all of the movies reveal hidden joys or hidden consequences of seemingly familiar subjects. For example, the opening night film Flannery not only recounts Flannery O’Connor’s influential stories, but it also probes how her Catholicism and her health problems influenced…

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“The Joker”

By Dan Lybarger / October 6th, 2019 / 0 Comments

“Why couldn’t it have been The Smoker or The Midnight Toker?” by DAN LYBARGER ECritic | October 5, 2019 From watching his latest movie, I can tell that Todd Philips loves the movies Martin Scorsese made in the 1970s and 80s as much as I do. As much as I’d like to sit back with…

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“Judy”

By Dan Lybarger / October 4th, 2019 / 0 Comments

Young Joey (Lewin Lloyd) and Lorna Luft (Bella Ramsey) live a peripatetic existence with their mother, Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) in Rupert Goold’s biopic Judy. Director: Rupert Goold    Rating: PG-13, for substance abuse, thematic content, some strong language, and smoking Running time: 1 hour, 58 minutes by DAN LYBARGER Special to the Democrat-Gazette |…

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“Official Secrets”: Gavin Hood uses South African life to inform spy drama

By Dan Lybarger / September 28th, 2019 / 0 Comments

Gavin Hood’s Official Secrets tells the true story of British whistleblower Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), who found herself facing a possible prison term after she leaked the contents of a scandalous U.S. memo. Ralph Fiennes (left) plays her barrister in the film. by DAN LYBARGER Special to the Democrat-Gazette | September 27, 2019 It’s tempting…

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FILM REVIEW: “Abominable” is delightful, charming in a familiar way

By Dan Lybarger / September 28th, 2019 / 0 Comments

Everest, a displaced yeti, is befriended by the young Yi (voice of Chloe Bennet) who tries to help the creature return to his Himalayan home in Abominable. by DAN LYBARGER Special to the Democrat-Gazette | September 27, 2019 Director: Jill Culton, Todd Wilderman – Rating: PG, for some action and mild rude humor – Running…

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“Ad Astra”

By Dan Lybarger / September 21st, 2019 / 0 Comments

The emotionally devastated Maj. Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) is sent into space on a mission that ultimately involves him confronting the father he long thought dead in James Gray’s Ad Astra. by DAN LYBARGER Special to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | September 20, 2019 Rating: PG-13, for some violence and bloody images, and for brief strong…

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“Running With the Devil”

By Dan Lybarger / September 21st, 2019 / 0 Comments

by DAN LYBAGER Special to the Democrat-Gazette | September 20, 2019 Rating: R, for violence and disturbing images, drug use, strong sexual content, and language, Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes Despite featuring gunplay, nudity, illicit drugs and a setting that crosses two continents, Running With the Devil feels more like a leisurely, chemically enhanced stroll. Writer-director…

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