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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
“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
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
Mistitled and meandering, it is Michael Moore’s worst film, his weakest whack at America: What Went Wrong? “Where to Invade Next”? Where to begin? Start with the premise. Leftist gadfly Moore lectures the Joint Chiefs of Staff (not in person) … Continue reading
When the Coen Brothers miss, they miss with gusto. Images of Babe Ruth, swinging and collapsing in a heap from the effort come to mind. And when they miss — think “Intolerable Cruelty” “Burn After Reading” –they often miss with … Continue reading
“Admiral” is a sturdy, handsomely realized bio-pic about the greatest hero in Dutch naval history. A 17th century period piece, it’s a timely reminder that “liberty” and European democracy weren’t wholly incubated in England. The folks who love their … Continue reading
A quartet of actors you’d never associate with Horse Operas don hats and boots and play at cowboys and gunslingers in “Jane Got a Gun,” a leaden Western with plenty of dead spots between shoot outs. Natalie Portman has the … Continue reading
The opening “scene” of “Kung Fu Panda 3” has portly hero Po trotting up terrace after terrace of stairs, gasping for breath until he reaches a spot where he can jump onto the crescent moon and whip out his fishing … Continue reading
Third film in the franchise, shoved into January because of diminishing expectations (though reviews weren’t awful). “Kung Fu Panda 3” is dining out on the lack of suitable kiddie fare at the box office, with families pouring $40 million into … Continue reading