Monthly Archives: June 2015

Movie Review: “Balls Out”

You’ve got to appreciate good trash talk to get into “Balls Out,” a college intramural sports comedy that was never going to amount to much. “I’m gonna rip out your colon and use it as a spooky eye-patch!” The classmate-coach’s … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Pixar gets its mojo back with heartfelt, smart “Inside Out”

It’s not the laughs that tell us Pixar has returned to form with its latest offering, “Inside Out.” It’s the heart. Here’s a children’s cartoon that deals with emotions, from temper tantrums to sadness spirals. It teaches kids, with animation … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Daring “Dope” overreaches, finds laughs and provokes

“Dope” is the most daring comedy of the summer, a funny film that hunts for laughs in the everyday menaces that face black teens growing up in the corner of Los Angeles named Inglewood, in the neighborhood its residents call … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Gabriel”

“Gabriel” is a moody, intimate character study filmed and performed in shades of grey. It’s about a mentally ill young man desperate to use his first hours after getting out of an institution to make his life right. Not that … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Phantom Halo”

The teen hides comic books inside a book of Shakespeare’s plays. His favorite stories concern a superhero, The Phantom Halo. But Dad doesn’t approve. When he’s sober, he quotes Shakespeare. He does that when he’s drunk, too. So Sam, played … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Rubble Kings,” come out to play-yay

The Savage Nomads, Black Spades, Harlem Turks, Screaming Phantoms, Golden Guineas — these were “the armies of the night,” as an iconic 1970s film described them. Block by block, they controlled much of New York, especially the South Bronx, nicknamed … Continue reading

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Next Interview: Suggested questions for Alan Rickman?

He’s not working as much as he did during his Go-To Villain days. I blame Harry Potter for that. Surely Alan Rickman got rich off that franchise and could pick and choose the parts to turn his plummy voice loose … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Lord Montagu”

The hook for Luke Korem’s engaging documentary, “Lord Montagu,” is scandal and sex. But that becomes just a prologue, abandoned early on in this story of a bisexual British lord who survived imprisonment for his sexual orientation and went on … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Jurassic” rules the world — $130 million weekend

An $82 million Friday suggests that millions of Americans forgot the plot of 1992’s “Jurassic Park.” Or ignored scads and scads of warnings that “Jurassic World” is exactly the same movie. Well, anything to sell the popcorn. It is a … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Disney’s “Zootopia” is a trailer that explains the movie

Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin provide the voices, Disney has set this one for release in March of 2016.

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