Monthly Archives: June 2013

Weekend Box Office: “Monsters” roar, “Heat” is hot, “White House Down” bombs

The big box office story of the weekend was not that another Pixar movie is a two weekend hit. “Monsters University” had a solid holdover on its second weekend, but its Saturday dropped it well below $50 million on its … Continue reading

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Sam Rockwell’s “Way Way Back” tribute — to Bill Murray?

Sam Rockwell’s reliably scruffy, irreverent swagger is much in evidence in his latest film — “The Way Way Back.” It’s a serio-comic coming of age tale which has Rockwell playing Owen, the slacker manager of a water slide park who … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “The Spectacular Now”

Shailene Woodley cements her status as “The next Jennifer Lawrence” with this teen romance from the “(500) Days of Summer” folks and James Ponsoldt. Miles Teller, Shailene, young love and coming of age before graduation. August.

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Weekend Box Office: Surprise, “Monsters” devour “Heat,” “White House”

“The Heat” opened with a robust Friday that suggests it’ll do a whopping $40 million over this last weekend before July 4. Call that a win, right? The reviews weren’t bad, the teaming of Bullock and Melissa McCarthy works. “White … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Not much to get “Excited” over with Almodovar’s latest

The phrase “vintage Almodovar” doesn’t mean what is used to. The flamboyant Spanish filmmaker, whose early films were packed with every transgression and every bit of brio that was missing from Spain during the long Franco dictatorship, has seemed trapped … Continue reading

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Armie Hammer leaves irony behind to play “The Lone Ranger”

Irony isn’t a recent invention. But a savvy popular culture watcher would have to notice that for the past 20 years or so, American culture has enjoyed — or endured — a sort Golden Age of Irony, as if the … Continue reading

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Talking Movies on the Radio: “White House Down,” “The Heat” and more

It’s Friday AM, almost time for me to chat with the crew at Open Mike on 740 The Game about movies. Brian Kravitz and I will talk up “White House Down,” parse the hidden meaning of “The Heat,” turn sports … Continue reading

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Critical Mass: Reviewers endorse “The Heat,” shoot down “White House Down”

It was funny to watch the review ratings on “The Heat” and “White House Down” on Thursday. For much of the morning, “The Heat” was in free fall, and “White House Down” was close behind it, plunging down the tomatometer. … Continue reading

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Next Screening: “I’m So Excited”

Almodovar strikes again. Seems a little dated and Old School swishy, and this guy hasn’t made a good movie in this millennium, but fingers crossed.

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Movie Review: “The Heat”

Give it up for Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. You’ll never see them work harder at a  comedy than in “The Heat,” a stumbling, aggressively loud and profane cop buddy picture where they struggle to wring “funny” out of a … Continue reading

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