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Next Screening: “Innocence”

A possible franchise, or a horror film dumped onto the first weekend after Labor Day? It’s based on a Jane Mendelsohn novel, part of a series, I think. “Innocence” stars Sophie Curtis, a prep school girl who has lost her … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Longest Week”

The considerable charms of Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde get a considered workout in the lightly charming New York romance “The Longest Week.” It’s a droll comedy, with a droll narration (by Larry Pine), set among the idle affluent of … Continue reading

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Movie Review — “No No: A Dockumentary”

Dock Ellis was a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees and other teams during baseball’s turbulent and flamboyant 1970s.He won a World Series ring with the Pirates, famously served up an epic home run to Reggie Jackson at … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Too many laughs are lost in translation in “Cantinflas”

The iconic Mexican comic actor Cantinflas warrants a more amusing bio-pic than “Cantinflas” gives him. A historically interesting story is painted in broad, colorless strokes, alternating as it does between soap opera and slapstick. And the comic stuff, built both … Continue reading

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Labor Day Box Office: “Guardians” by a mile, “As Above” cracks top five, “Let’s Be Cops” hits $60

The long Labor Day weekend may bring an inglorious end to a desultory summer at the box office. But “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which became the biggest grossing film of 2014 (passing “Captain America” sequel and “The Lego Movie”), has … Continue reading

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Today’s screening: “Cantinflas”

Pantelion Films is the Spanish language arm of Lionsgate, best known for distributing “Casa de Mi Padre, Will Ferrell’s Mexican vamp. With “Cantinflas,” they’ve picked up a bio-pic of the Mexican Charlie Chaplin, the great comic of the 1940s-60s best … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Guardians” wins final weekend, and the summer…the worst summer since ’97

Much has been made about “Guardians of the Galaxy” failing to reach $300 million at the US box office this summer. But that’s merely a consequence of marketing. If it had opened a week earlier, it might have hit $300 … Continue reading

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Summer goes out with a whimper, a weekend full of newly-released dogs

“As Above, So Below” takes forever to go below. It takes even longer to attempt to be scary. A tale of catacombs and the creatures one might find down there, it’s mostly an “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” or … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “As Above, So Below” is a real shaky-camera headache

They’re going to have to start issuing licenses to all these filmmakers who insist on shooting their movies in the shaky-cam “found footage” format. Maybe have the “Blair Witch” guys and Oren “Paranormal” Pelli sign those licenses. Because something needs … Continue reading

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Tonight’s screening: “As Above So Below”

Well, they’re showing it after print deadlines, after the last minute and in some sort of effort to control the buzz “As Above So Below” generates. Which generally means POS. The trailer is reasonably compelling — pretty young British “urban … Continue reading

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