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Daniel Barnes

Film critic, podcast host and member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

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“Christmas with the Kranks” Movie Review

Christmas with the Kranks – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 78 “You’ve tried the rest, now try us.” Podcast cucks Daniel and Corky contemplate skipping Christmas for the rest of their lives after suffering through Joe Roth’s sad and depressing Christmas with the Kranks. Tim Allen and Jamie Lee […]

Speed Kills

“Speed Kills” Podcast Movie Review

Speed Kills – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 77 “Examine a man’s faults, you find his virtues.” Daniel and Corky close the book on Travolt-ember, their annual tribute to the always overacting John Travolta. However, the hosts encounter an unusually sedate Travolta in Speed Kills, an incomprehensibly incompetent pseudo-biopic […]

City Hall

“City Hall” Movie Review by Daniel Barnes

City Hall (2020; Frederick Wiseman) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes *Now playing at the Roxie Virtual Cinema. Nonagenarian documentarian Frederick Wiseman (Ex Libris and Monrovia, Indiana ) applies his usual measured and methodical approach to this look at Boston’s city government. No one chronicles American institutions with Wiseman’s fly-on-the-wall thoroughness, […]

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“Lucky Numbers” Movie Review

Lucky Numbers – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 76 “Ironic — just another word for saying you’re getting screwed.” Is it Travolt-ember already? Our annual tribute to Travolta kicks off with a review of Nora Ephron’s catastrophically unfunny Lucky Numbers. This shambling crime-comedy stars Travolta as Russ Richards, a […]

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