Monthly Archives: October 2014

Next Interview: Questions for Mark Strong?

We’ve spoken before, back when Mark Strong was first making a mark in Hollywood films — staring down Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes, In “Young Victoria,” in “Body of “Lies” and “Syriana.” Since then, he’s codified the Great Brit Villain, … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Ouija” falls off, “John Wick” isn’t a Keanu comeback after all

Those heady late Thursday and all day Friday numbers for “Ouija” and “John Wick” were a mirage, it turns out. “Ouija” nows looks like it will hit $20 million, no more. Poor word of mouth? Bad reviews finally sinking in? … Continue reading

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“Interstellar” — are they hiding it for good reasons, or bad ones?

“Interstellar” promises to be high end, brainy sci-fi with a lot of sentiment (judging from the trailers) and a trio of empathetic Oscar winners (McConaughey, Hathaway, Caine) bringing it all home. And since it’s a Christopher “Inception” Nolan film, expectations … Continue reading

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Next Screening: Disney’s “Big Hero 6”

So here we have The Mouse taking its shot at creating its own CG animation anime project, perhaps a Franchise. Japanese-American characters, cuddly, sentimental (a dead big hero brother, from the looks of the trailer), supervillains, puberty jokes. The second … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Ouija” scares off Keanu, Murray’s “Saint” takes flight

Universal’s low-budget/no-budget horror strategy is paying dividends this fall, as they’re set to break even on “Ouija” within days of opening. Deadline.com figures that, based on Friday’s $8 million+ take, it’ll manage about $19 million. Unless Friday’s filmgoers warn off … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Ouija”

“Ouija” is a dead teenager movie aimed squarely at a teen audience. Universal’s effort to reclaim its place as the Home for Horror takes a step backward with this duller-than-dull 89 minutes of your life you’ll never get back. Frankly, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Camp X-Ray”

Much respect for Kristen Stewart, the “Twilight” star who could have contented herself with “Snow White” films or globe trotting, nibbling on bonbons and dating the rich and the beautiful for the rest of her life. Instead, she’s doing daring … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “John Wick”

A single uniformed cop shows up in the hitman-out-for-revenge thriller “John Wick.” He sees blood on the title character’s face and hands. “Evening John,” he says, all friendly even though there have been “some noise complaints.” Then he leans over … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Laggies”

Call them slackers or adults with or “arrested development” issues. Or call them “Laggies.” As the new comedy “Laggies” suggests, some of us are just a little late growing up. Even after we’ve taken those tentative steps into adulthood, we’re … Continue reading

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Movie Review — “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”

“Cheerful” and “triumphant” aren’t words that come to mind when you think of Alzheimer’s, the debilitating illness that destroys memory, mind and body. But darned if country star Glen Campbell doesn’t manage that in “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.” It’s … Continue reading

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