Monthly Archives: August 2015

Movie Review: “We Are Your Friends”

Dear Zac Efron; We are your fans. Maybe even your friends. But we won’t be either for much longer, if you can’t escape drivel like “We Are Your Friends.” It’s got music, so we can totally see why you’d be … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Sinister 2”

James Ransome played the unnamed deputy who survived the mayhem of “Sinister,” but lost his job over trying to save the family headed by a writer who has stumbled into a cache of supernaturally murderous home movies. So he’s the … Continue reading

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Movie Review — “Hitman: Agent 47

A dog dumped into the dog (movie) days of August, “Hitman: Agent 47,” arrives as the “worst reviewed movie of the summer.” But is it the worst of the worst? Not if you’ve seen “The Curse of Downer’s Grove,” or … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Gift”

There’s always been an edge to Jason Bateman that showed us a nasty piece of work waiting to get out. That’s nicely exploited in Joel Edgerton’s “The Gift,” a psychological thriller about a husband and wife inconvenienced, then harassed by … Continue reading

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Movie Review– “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine”

The difference between an “authorized” biography and one that isn’t sanctioned by the subject and his or her family/company is laid bare in “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.” “Official” biographer Walter Isaacson, whose all-access, occasionally unflattering biography is … Continue reading

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Lawrence, Scarlett and McCarthy are the world’s best paid actresses — this year

Forbes has done its annual numbers crunching and compiled/concocted its “Best Paid Actrresses” list, and Jennifer “Katniss” Lawrence tops it, earning over $52 million over the past year. Scarlett Johannson had a VERY good year to come in second. Lots … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Compton” wins again, “Mission” closes in on $200 million, “Ultra” flops

“Straight Outta Compton” had a week of blowback — women coming forward to complain about the misogyny and beatings they endured from Dr. Dre and other members of NWA, bad “messages” within the film’s cheesy underclad groupie scenes. And it … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Curse of Downer’s Grove”

Bret “Less Than Zero/American Psycho” Easton Ellis never quite got over the ’80s. You can see it in every movie he has a hand in, since that’s where the novelist seems to make his rent money these days.  He’s not … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Being Evel”

Someday, there’ll be an opera about Evel Knievel. And Johnny Knoxville, his biggest fan, will probably compose it. But for now there’s  the Knoxville-produced “Being Evel,” a warts-and-all documentary about the daredevil-hustler, that for all its inherent evil — and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “American Ultra”

Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg dress down and cover themselves with bruises, fake-cuts and gore for the ultra violent “American Ultra.” And if they don’t cover themselves in glory, at least these reunited “Adventureland” co-stars do justice to this testicles-on-the-tarmac … Continue reading

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