Monthly Archives: June 2014

Movie Review: “Earth to Echo” is an “E.T.” knockoff that works

“Earth to Echo” is an engagingly unassuming “E.T.” knockoff, a kids’ movie that serves up a similar alien-with-kids story in “Blair Witch/Paranormal” shaky cam package. It’s been over 30 years since “E.T. the Extraterrestrial,” so why not? Disney produced it, … Continue reading

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Why are there no black pop and doo-wop acts in “Jersey Boys”?

Please consider the headline as it was intended, a question which group sourcing may help me answer. If I was trolling for controversy-driven pageviews, I’d have posted “Is Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys’ racist?” Clint Eastwood’s film of the Broadway bio-musical about … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Ebert documentary equates a love of movies with a love of “Life Itself”

There’s a lovely sentiment that the late movie critic Roger Ebert expressed when describing what movies were to him and why this medium that he spent his life covering still mattered.“The movies are like a machine that generates empathy.” A … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Transformers 4” goes for-$40, huge Friday points to $100 million open

The reviews were scathing, the buzz seemed weak. But there’s a reason studios recycle titles, reboot franchises and deliver a stack of sequels every summer. That reason is you. You keep showing up, despite all evidence and logic that suggest … Continue reading

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Box Office: Will “Transformers” clear $100 million?

The $billion dollar “Transformers” franchise returns to screens with no Shia, no Megan Fox, no Turturro or any of the humans from the first three films. New lead, Mark Wahlberg, new younger short-short wearing hottie, Nicola Peltz. Better, more legible … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Spanish period piece shows that “Living is Easy With Eyes Closed”

Antonio is a balding, 40ish English teacher in 1960s Spain. Franco and his fascists are still in power, and the burden of that oppressive rule is felt throughout the culture — nuns quick to slap students at his school, quicker … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon”

You may feel you’re a better person, just for having watched “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.” Gordon, personal manager to musicians, celebrity chefs and film royalty such as Michael Douglas and Sylvester Stallone, and friend to everybody, especially the … Continue reading

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Joe Berlinger talks about Whitey Bulger and the Boston media’s role in covering up how he stayed out of jail

Documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger is no stranger to the subject of crime. The film that launched his career, “Brother’s Keeper” (1992, co-directed with Bruce Sinofsky), was about a semi-literate New York farmer railroaded into jail for murder. The “Paradise Lost” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Transformers: Age of Extinction”

The special effects are sharper, less blurred, and the robots far more defined in “Transformers: The Age of Extinction.” Four films into this series and the giant thinking, wise-cracking, lecturing alien robots have a look that finally suggests weight and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Radio Free Albemuth”

Revered sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick’s posthumously-published “Radio Free Albemuth” earns a somewhat straightforward and updated screen adaptation from committed Dick fan John Alan Simon.And therein lies the problem. Simon gives us a film that, unlike other Dick adaptations (“Blade … Continue reading

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