Monthly Archives: September 2015

Box Office: “Perfect Guy” starts Fall off with a hit; $26 million — “War Room” close to $40

Programming away from the mainstream has paid off for a few pictures these last few weeks. The Christian content “War Room” opened on a low-turnout weekend, built buzz on that and is closing in on the $40 million mark. It … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Walt Before Mickey”

The young Walt Disney’s struggles to start his career in animation seems like promising fodder for a bio pic. Seeing the young man fail and fail again at something his father disapproved of, fight his personal demons, meet and team … Continue reading

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Tonight’s Screening — “Pawn Sacrifice”

Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer, Liev Schreiber as Boris Spassky, and Peter Sarsgaard brought in for good measure. A fictionalized but “based on a true story” version of “Bobby Fischer Vs. the World”? Color me present. This one opens in … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Mississippi Grind”

Gambling’s allure as drama isn’t hard to dissect. It’s a lifestyle few of us would have the nerve to attempt, a world of smoky, dimly-lit casinos, back-rooms and bars — crippling hours, crumbling priorities and all manner of bad habits … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Shyamalan looks for the winning formula in “The Visit”

M. Night Shyamalan hated being called a one-trick-pony, so he took on “Last Airbender,” “The Happening” and “After Earth.” And proved he has just that one trick. So he turns back to the formula that made him famous with “The … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “A Brilliant Young Mind”

“A Brilliant Young Mind” is a British “Little Man Tate,” a film about a young math genius in the making, the mother who has to seek the advice of others what to do with him and that one teacher who … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Welcome to Leith”

They might have gotten the idea from Libertarians. They’re the first people to suggest collectively moving to a sparsely populated place, democratically taking over the government and trying a political experiment to see how far their philosophy could go, unfettered … Continue reading

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Movie Review: What could be funnier than “Being Canadian”?

So, how much do we South of the Border types really know about our frozen sisters and brothers in the Great White North? Well, they’re white. And polite. And seriously insecure about the Land of Opportunity that exists just below … Continue reading

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Labor Day Box Office: “Walk in the Woods” opens well, “Transporter” skids out

A decent weekend for the old guys as “A Walk in the Woods” reaches for an audience Hollywood generally ignores, and finds it. It’s earned a few million since opening Wed., and is expected to near $13 million over the … Continue reading

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Weekend Movies — “Transporter” spins out, “Walk in the Woods” ambles, “Jobs” is a winner

The producers hid “The Transporter Refueled” from critics. Clever Frenchies. They know, “No Statham, no ‘Transporter.’” They didn’t need critics to tell them. But we did. Over and over again. This new fellow, Skrein, whom I’ve seen in a few … Continue reading

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