Monthly Archives: June 2015

Movie Review: Heigl croons in “Jackie & Ryan”

Hollywood pariahdom has many causes but one unmistakable effect. The pariah struggles on, working in smaller and smaller films until oblivion sets in, or cable TV offers a resurrection. Katherine Heigl diva-bombed her way off the acting A-list. But she’s … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Amy” finds the villains in Amy Winehouse’s troubled life, among them, the singer herself.

Those looking for villains in the obscenely short life of British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse will find a few in “Amy,” the new documentary about her life and death. Director Asif Kapadia had the gloves off for his much-honored 2010 doc … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Magic Mike XXL”

Channing Tatum’s deja vu in “Magic Mike XXL” has less to do with the film it’s a sequel to,”Magic Mike,” than with the film that launched his career. “Magic Mike II” is basically “Step Up: The Stripping Years.” It’s still … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Inside Out” and “Jurassic” neck and neck, “Ted 2” a distant third

“Jurassic World” and “Inside Out” are in a dead heat headed into Sunday night in their second weekend in release. Both are hovering at the $53-54 million mark. We’ll have to wait til the dust settles to call a winner … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Batkid Begins”

November 15, 2013 has to rank up there with the day the Allies liberated Paris and Neil Armstrong’s 1969 walk on the moon as one of the happiest days in modern human history. That was Batkid Day, when San Francisco … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Max”

“Semper fidelis,” the Romans used to purr into their dogs’ ears, long before the Marine Corps adopted the Latin for “Always faithful” as their motto. Most faithful of all? Marine Corps war dogs. That’s the message of “Max,” a pleasant … Continue reading

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Alan Rickman on King Louis XIV, directing Kate Winslet and stealing scenes in his own movie

So, Alan Rickman, what did you know about Louis XIV of France before playing him and directing a movie about the creation of a verdant outdoor ballroom in the gardens of Versailles Palace? “Wigs,” the director of “A Little Chaos” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence”

An 18th century Swedish nobleman rides a horse into a bar. Thus started no joke anyone ever heard or told. But it’s a high point in Roy Andersson’s “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” so stay with … Continue reading

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“Amy” director and I agree on the career Amy Winehouse SHOULD have had, the one she might have survived

Asif Kapadia wishes Amy Winehouse had “just gotten out of London, out of Camden, away from the people, the drugs and that scene, and TRAVELED to where she wasn’t famous.” But it didn’t happen, and Winehouse was dead — not … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Fresh Dressed”

The rise, fall and mainstreaming of hip hop fashion is explored in Sacha Jenkins’ “Fresh Dressed,” a documentary that visits an under explored corner of rap music history. Jenkins’ film details the sartorial statement that arrived, almost simultaneously, when hip … Continue reading

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