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Weekend movies — See “Deadpool” without the kids, ignore “Zoolander,” “Single” is for NYC singles only

A mixed weekend for movies, as we’ve learned to expect from February. The Oscar contenders, most moviegoers have seen. But studios don’t waste  potential blockbusters on the deep winter doldrums. Thus, movies like “Ghostrider” and “Kingsmen” and (better) “The Lego … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “How to Be Single”

Dakota Johnson happily slinks into the shadow of Rebel Wilson for “How to be Single,” a raunchy romantic comedy romp that comes up just short on all of those labels. As in not raunchy enough, not remotely romantic, plenty funny, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “A War”

Soldiers, loaded with gear and dressed in camo, depart for a mission in Afghanistan. They’re to search a village, question the locals about Taliban in the area. Shots are fired. Soldiers are hurt, others are shaken by the stress. But … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Zoolander 2”

“Zoolander 2” is funnier than any terrible movie has any right to be. A “high concept comedy” from the days when those were a thing, it’s basically a cacophony of cameos and random sight gags hurled at the viewer in … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Standoff”

Not gonna lie. I laughed out loud — more than once — at “Standoff.” The trash talk in this Mexican (Midwestern) “standoff” thriller is tasty, the hit-man threats even tastier. “Take a good look,” the hitman (Laurence Fishburne) tells the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Diamond Tongues”

It’s hard to fall in love with — or even like — Edith Welland. Hell, it’s almost impossible. Self-absorbed and scattered, cute but not gorgeous, perky but resentful and mean, she’s a Toronto actress with four years of failure under … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Deadpool” delivers death and killer laughs

First of all, don’t be late for “Deadpool.” There are more funny lines and opening credit sight gags in this than most comedies have in their full running time. It was “directed by some overpaid tool,” it co-stars “a CGI … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Panda” pounds out another $20, “Caesar” rendered $11

The biggest box office news has to be the failure of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” Movies that pander to horror fans and fanboys (mostly boys) in particular are an iffy proposition. And this one has been talked to death … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” has but one joke, and it’s in the title. The joke is almost amusing the first time it’s trotted out, and doesn’t improve with an hour and forty-eight minutes of repetition. Take away the zombies, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Choice”

There is but one plot template in the notebook (computer) of Nicholas Sparks. Love. “Endless Love.” With an emphasis on the “endless” part. The tales are set in Coastal Carolina. When they’re turned into movies, sometimes the actors take the … Continue reading

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