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Movie Review: Not much fright in this “Poltergeist”

Well, the little girl gets it. Kennedi Clements plays Maddy Bowen, the child trapped between the real world and the afterlife in the new version of “Poltergeist,” gives us wild-eyed terror that we can hang onto and a blood-curdling scream … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Skin and sin and church tumble together in “Chocolate City”

What’s that old showbiz maxim? “Just give the people what they want.” That’s the byword for “Chocolate City,” an African American riff on a certain stripper movie smash of a couple of summers back. “Magic Mike ain’t got NOTHING on … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The future isn’t what it used to be in “Tomorrowland”

“Tomorrowland” is Brad Bird’s Jeremiad against the dystopia that is modern culture, with its yen for zombie apocalypses, environmental catastrophes and the 24 hours of fear telecast by cable news. It’s a movie for the “dreamers,” the ones like its … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Aloft” never, for one second, takes flight

“Aloft” is a melancholy, cryptic drama that guards its secrets as if they’re the answer to some ancient riddle about the human condition. And they’re not. Peruvian writer-director Claudia Llosa (“The Milk of Sorrow”) landed a top flight cast, and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Farewell Party”

Steve Allen’s famous equation, “Tragedy plus time equals comedy” is seriously stretched in “The Farewell Party,” a darker-than-dark Israeli comedy about old people seeking “death with dignity.” The deaths are sad, gripping affairs, the terminally ill and terminally old seeking … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Sunshine Superman” offers a more sober than sensational history of BASE jumping

An eerie pall hangs over “Sunshine Superman,” a documentary history of BASE jumping, the practice of skydiving off Buildings, broadcast Antennas, Spans (bridges) and Earth (cliffs). That’s connected to both the movie’s main subject, Carl Boenish, who dreamed up the … Continue reading

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Sam Elliott still makes the womenfolk whisper “I’ll See You in My Dreams”

Sam Elliott had a window when he might have broken through and become a bankable Hollywood leading man. It was somewhere around 1976’s “Lifeguard,” which had him playing a hunk who held onto the beachside style of living and loving … Continue reading

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Weekend Box Office: “Pitch 2″ nearly $70, “Mad Max” $45

A blockbuster weekend for two films marks this third Sunday in May. An established brand, “Pitch Perfect 2″ shattered whatever glass ceiling there was for femme centric comedies/musicals and may have $70 million+ in the bank by midnight tonight. Astounding. … Continue reading

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Next Interview: Questions for Adrian “Entourage” Grenier?

He wasn’t well-known before HBO’s “Entourage” tossed him out there as a classic nobody turned somebody in Hollywood. He was the “actor” — the talent — who propped up his less talented brother, his lumpy no-talent skirt-chasing pal and his … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “I’ll See You in My Dreams”

“I’ll See You in My Dreams” has a dream cast — Blythe Danner, Sam Elliott, and such supporting players as Mary Kay Place, Malin Akerman and Rhea Pearlman. It’s got a dreamy plot, about last-chance love, grief and finding that … Continue reading

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