New York Post - 13.03.2020

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New York Post, Friday, March 13, 2020

Justin Hartley and Sylvia Grace Crim have
their random wooden crate to keep them
safe from the snipers.

What’s up, doc?

My pet needs

holistic help

It’s high times for holistic medicine. Just
ask Gwyneth Paltrow, whose com-
pany and its Netflix show, “The Goop
Lab,” is raking in viewers and dollars.
But what about your pets? Rene-
gade veterinarian Dr. Marty Goldstein
has argued for decades that dogs and
cats can benefit from alternative
treatments such as acupuncture,
nutritional supplements, changes in
diet and vitamin infusions. Now, with
the release of the documentary “The
Dog Doc,” Goldstein says the world
may finally be catching up with him.
“It’s one of the big joys in my life,”
says Goldstein, 73. “I lectured at my
alma mater, Cornell, in the last year,
and the receptiveness of the students
was incredible... I thought I would
never see the acceptance of this
within my lifetime.”
The vet says a lecture he gave in the
’70s was met with widespread skepti-
cism. Times, he says, are changing.
The documentary follows the
tie-dye-sporting Goldstein around his
practice, the Smith Ridge Veterinary
Center in South Salem, NY. He and his
staff see pets whose owners are often
exhausted from trips to other vets for
chronic illnesses and cancers that
seem insurmountable. These are the
patients Goldstein has built his repu-
tation on treating. One of his favorites
is Mulligan, a sheepdog with acute
kidney disease who’d been estimated
to have, at most, a couple of months
to live. After Goldstein made changes
to the dog’s diet and prescribed
homeopathic supplements, “Mulligan
went on to live three incredible years,”
says Goldstein, who also includes
conventional methods in his practice.
In the film, his wife, who also works
at the clinic, reads aloud from one
blog denouncing his methods as
quackery. But they laugh it off.
“You know,” he says, “I think the No.
1 disease on this planet is seriousness.”
— Sara Stewart

Smooch-close to
this pooch, Dr.
Marty Goldstein
says pets need

Misses the target

By Johnny OleksinskI


HERE simply aren’t enough syno-
nyms for “loathsome” to do the new
movie “The Hunt” justice. Perhaps if
we expand into other languages.
C’est détestable! È ripugnante!
Take the phone texting conversation the
so-called satire begins with: “Did you see
what our ratf - - ker-in-chief just did?” says
one person.
“At least the hunt’s coming up,” replies
another. “Nothing better than going to the
manor and shooting a dozen deplorables.”
You might find yourself thinking,
“Wasn’t this dumb movie canceled last
year after social media eviscerated the
trailer?” Yes, but fool-er heads prevailed,
and it’s now receiving a wide release. Let’s
just say it’s not only the CDC telling you to
stay home this weekend.
Soon, 12 dirty people awake in a forest,
gagged and confused about where they
are. They were drugged at their Staten
Island, Wyoming and Orlando homes and
plopped here.
The group finds a wooden crate in a
nearby field. They pry it open to discover
a pig and a small armory — and then the
killing spree begins. Unseen snipers start
taking them out one by one, as the group
scrambles to survive. They include big
stars — Ike Barinholtz, Emma Roberts,
Betty Gilpin — some of whom don’t make
it through their first scene.
Two-time Emmy nominee Gilpin
(“GLOW”) is slumming it in “The Hunt.”

We learn this carnage is called “Manor-
gate,” an event whispered about on far-
right conspiracy Web sites in which the
“elites” murder their ideological (and
socioeconomic) opposites for sport.
While that premise is a tad nauseating, a
finer, funnier film could’ve turned it into a
dystopian cautionary tale, or a blistering
takedown of our national rift. “The Hunt”

is neither of those things. It is ugly, divi-
sive, useless garbage without an ounce of
wit, intellect or even camp.
Crystal (Gilpin), a femme fatale whose
killer instinct is only explained by her sup-
port of the Second Amendment, escapes to
a roadside convenience store. However, we
quickly learn it’s yet another cleverly dis-
guised shooting range.
Says one of the killers: “For the record,
climate change... it is real!” before throw-
ing a deadly gas bomb. Another weapon-
wielding elite in a later scene declares,
“Ava DuVernay just liked one of my posts!”
I suppose some might argue that this is
equal-opportunity mudslinging, a la
“South Park.” To them I say, “South Park”
is funny!
From then on, the secrets revealed about
Manorgate, and its leader, Athena (two-
time Oscar winner Hilary Swank, who
hopefully got lost on the wrong studio
lot), are uninspired, and we never root for
any of the crudely crafted characters on
either side of the aisle. For gore fans, di-
rector Craig Zobel’s violence sequences
are generic.
Written by Nick Cuse of “The Leftovers”
and Damon Lindelof of “Lost,” “The Hunt”
should be infinitely better — a politically
prescient spin on the bloody Japanese
classic “Battle Royale.” But it’s a film that
exists solely to provoke. Driving that
point home, its poster is covered in mean
press quotes from when its release was
first postponed.
I hope I’ve provided it with a few more.

Movie Review

The Hunt
Zero stars
Running time: 90 minutes. Rated R (strong bloody
violence and language throughout). Now playing.

Controversial flick

goes for laughs as an


offender, but is just

plain offensive

time Emmy
nominee Betty Gilpin
— who plays a femme
fatale with an unexplained
killer instinct — can’t save
“The Hunt,” which should
never have been given a
wide release.
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