Monthly Archives: May 2014

Box Office: “Maleficent” soars, Seth MacFarlane sucks it

“Maleficent” did well Thursday night and quite well on Friday. So barring a rash of critics’ warnings heeded and bad word of mouth, millions of tykes will be scared by the violence and the Jolie of this Disney misfire on … Continue reading

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Next screening: “Cold in July”

Michael C. Hall and Sam Shepard star in this thriller about a father stumbling into a murderous ex-con. Don Johnson and Vinessa Shaw also star, so this indie picture is aiming for an older demographic.

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Box Office: Will “Maleficent” be magnificent? Will “West” earn millions?

The reviews are in, and the big studio releases this weekend won’t be boosted at the box office by the critics, myself included. The joyless “Maleficent” earned weak to poor notices — kind of “Oz the Great and Powerful” but … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Lucky Them”

“Lucky Them” is an indie rock’n roll romance that had a good enough script to attract decent talent, just not good enough to develop any one of its many promising threads. File it under “slight, but worth checking out,” mainly … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Maleficent”

Movie There’s something to be said for giving even tiny tykes a good, old fashioned fright all in the name of good clean fun. But Disney’s “Maleficent” still feels like a sour miscalculation on somebody’s part. A dark, gloomy and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “A Million Ways to Die in the West”

Seth MacFarlane wants to be a movie star in the worst way. “A Million Ways to Die in the West” is result of this longing, a long/longer/longest comedy with long waits between jokes and longer waits between those that work. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia”

If America hadn’t produced Gore Vidal, we’d probably have had to import him.Novelist and playwright, wit and patrician-voiced politician, gadfly and scold, we might have been able to buy him at a British sale of surplus public intellectuals from the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Eisenberg, Fanning and Sarsgaard go eco-terrorist in “Night Moves”

The young couple doesn’t say much when they visit the remote hydroelectric dam.“No fish ladders,” she complains. “Wonder how they got around that?”There’s not a lot of spark between them, even when they’re shopping for a ski boat. They have … Continue reading

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Anne Hornaday blames Seth Rogen for the Elliot Rodger massacre — Rogen isn’t having it

What were your first thoughts on seeing the snippets of video of Elliot Rodger, son of a Hollywood second unit director, as he gave his reasons for setting out on a killing spree? Hollywood brat, I thought. Not ugly, apparently … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Denzel & Fuqua’s “Equalizer” plays up the blood

“The Equalizer” was a more chilling than overtly violent TV series. Edward Woodward played the guy as a canny professional always a step or two ahead of the villains he was out to foil. The Antoine Fuqua/Denzel Washington version plays … Continue reading

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