Daily Archives: March 10, 2015

Movie Review: “Run All Night”

“Run All Night” is a first-person shooter thriller for the Just for  Men/Grecian Formula generation. Old men — cops and mobsters — sit in bars, drink their Scotch on the rocks and talk about the “old neighborhood,” their long history … Continue reading

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“Zoolander 2?” It’s happening

Here’s how Derek and Hansel announced it. By walking the catwalk at Fashion Week in Paris, for Valentino. Well-played. Sure, it’s probably too late for them to return to these guys. This sort of comedy is passe in “The Hangover” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Mr. Kaplan”

“Mr. Kaplan”, Uruguay’s contender for the best foreign language film Oscar, is about an elderly Jew who ponders whether he “inspired” anyone, if he’s “accomplished anything memorable.” Jacob Kaplan (Héctor Noguera) decides the answer is “no,” and results to do … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Disney delivers a lovely, dull “Cinderella”

Of all the Cinderellas that Disney could have updated, how on Earth did they settle on this one? This Kenneth Branagh version, scripted by Chris “About a Boy” Weitz, is stately and sumptuous, but dull and never ever delightful. The … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Ghoul”

A film crew hoping to shoot a killer pilot for a TV series on “Cannibals of the 20th Century” — no doubt Discovery is interested — heads into rural Ukraine to document a mass murderer and cannibal who survived Stalin’s … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “It Follows”

It’s nearly impossible, in our horror-glutted culture, to find a novel spin to the classic tropes of scary movies. But David Robert Mitchell does just that with “It Follows.” It’s a chased-by-zombie-walking-demons thriller in which the victims have to have … Continue reading

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Movie Review: At long last, “The Wrecking Crew” gets its due

A decade in the making, “The Wrecking Crew” took almost as long to make it to theaters. But Danny Tedesco’s “unknown musicians who cranked out the hits” doc, which predated and inspired the Oscar winning “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” finally … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Heigl hits close to home with “Home Sweet Hell.”

It says volumes about the state of Katherine Heigl’s on-and-off screen persona that casting her as a shrieking, shrewish control freak with murderous tendencies seems a bit on-the-nose. The dark comedy “Home Sweet Hell” is about the marriage from Hell … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Sandler can’t escape his bad-movie streak with “The Cobbler”

Tom McCarthy transformed himself from an actor into an indie writer-director, and became a critics’ darling. Who knew what he REALLY wanted was to make Adam Sandler comedies? Call it hubris, the belief that he could alter an actor’s career … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Champs” is a winner, but not by knockout

“Champs” is a quotably slick documentary about the social, psychological and economic underpinnings of boxing, a clear-eyed look at the deadly and dirty sport often rhapsodized as “The Sweet Science.” There’s nobility in the boxers this is built around — … Continue reading

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