Monthly Archives: August 2014

Movie Review: Aniston tries her hand in Elmore Leonard Land in “Life of Crime”

When it comes to gritty crime comedies, there’s no such thing as a bad Elmore Leonard adaptation. Not every film based on one of his books is a “Get Shorty,” but even lesser Leonard has fascinating characters, hard-boiled dialogue and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The November Man”

Pierce Brosnan’s perfect hair barely budges in the breeze, he fixes his eyes in that narrowed, steely stare and you remember yes, he was a pretty good James Bond. But he’s not Bond, not at 61. He’s this fellow named … Continue reading

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Box Office: It’s “Guardians,” “Turtles” then “If I Stay” in a tight race, “Sin City” sinks

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” came nine years too late to cash in on the heat of “Sin City,” was basically the same movie and thus, managed only half of the low end of predictions for what it … Continue reading

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Today’s screenings: “The Drop” and “The Longest Week”

“The Drop” has to be James Gandolfini’s last screen appearance. He’s a supporting player in this heist drama starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, set in Brooklyn. Looks intriguing, and check out Hardy’s latest accent. And Rapace’s. And “The Longest … Continue reading

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Fall Films worth waiting for

At long last, what seemed like an Endless Summer is over — at the movies, anyway. It’s time to put aside all that comic book reading that we call “research,” sweep the word “sequel” aside and get serious about movies, … Continue reading

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Indie films in China? Not this year

  China’s most publicized, and maybe only Indie Film Festival, now in its 11th year, has been shuttered by the authorities. “Independent” is a word that frightens totalitarians, and according to the AP, this is not the first time they’ve … Continue reading

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Box Office: “If I Stay” battles “Guardians” for #1, “When the Game Stands Tall” bests “Sin City 2”

The professional box office prognosticators figured the girl-friendly YA novel adaptation “If I Stay” would open well, north of $20 million at least. And that “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” was too far removed from the original film … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Louder than Words”

“This is not a sad story,” the little girl narrates at the opening of “Louder Than Words.” The little girl lies. “Louder Than Words” is a tepid melodrama about the healing power that a death in the family can force … Continue reading

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“God’s Not Dead” star Kevin Sorbo Facebooks his way out of the closet — as a racist

The onetime TV Hercules got good and wound up over the Ferguson, Missouri riots. And stuck his foot in it. ““Ferguson riots have very little to do with the shooting of the young man,” he wrote. “It is an excuse … Continue reading

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Weekend movies: Dog days of August deliver “Are You Here?” “When the Game Stands Tall”, “If I Stay” and “Sin City”

Truthfully, none of the movies opening this weekend is “Let’s Be Cops” or “Into the Storm” awful. But the tomatometer was most ruthless about “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner’s overambitious dysfunction and drug abuse comedy “Are You Here?” It’s rating … Continue reading

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