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Monthly Archives: September 2015
Filmdom’s re-discovery of the religious audience has led to something of a boom in faith-based films, with titles from “God’s Not Dead” to “Heaven is for Real,” “War Room” and “90 Seconds in Heaven” finding an audience, in some cases, … Continue reading
The weary YA audience must be running out of allowance money, as the middling “Maze Runner” sequel isn’t making the money the middling “Hunger Games” or “Divergent” sequels have managed. Maybe if they’d built their franchise around a terrific young … Continue reading
An avid fan of “The Maze Runner,” presumably that rare tween/teen too young or too hip to have seen the nuclear “Saturday Night Live” takedown of that first film and its ilk, could be excused for high-fiving his or her … Continue reading
The “Maze Runner” sequel, “The Scorch Trials,” starts at a sprint and hurtles at us for a good long, stretch, before it stops to catch its breath. The conspiracy grows deeper even as the mystery unravels. The chases, brawls and … Continue reading
This is what filmed spectacle used to look like — a trip to a place or time most of us could never see, high drama built on the fissures of human nature, where the menaces come from our flaws, our … Continue reading
Can Johnny Depp still surprise us? After all these years, all those earrings, all that “Yo ho ho,” can he still deliver, as an actor? The answer that “Black Mass” gives us is “Yes.” As Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger,” … Continue reading
Americans with any pop culture mileage at all remember the story of a chess player winning the Cold War. It’s right up there with a hockey team winning the Cold War, and Olympic officials and a basketball team losing it … Continue reading
Something about the mere trailers to the new faith-based drama “90 Minutes in Heaven” just reeks of cynicism. Hayden “Anakin Skywalker” Christensen as a Texas preacher pronounced dead after a car accident who claims he went to heaven? For a … Continue reading
The first hit film of the fall is an utterly generic, totally predictable stalker thriller aimed at an African American audience. Sanaa Lathan is the super-successful lobbyist Leah, parking her Caddy in front of her designer house, stepping out in … Continue reading