Monthly Archives: February 2016

Movie Review: “Triple 9”

 “Triple 9” is a shaggy, uneven heist thriller that isn’t about the heists — it’s about the guys committing them, the cops chasing them and the Russian Jewish mobsters pulling the strings and setting all the mayhem in motion. A … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Eddie the Eagle”

“Eddie the Eagle” is a veritable “Forrest Gump on Skis,” a British version of the feel-good  story of hapless ski-jumper Eddie Edwards. A stumbling working class dreamer, Edwards slipped onto the British Olympic team by virtue of being the first … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Race”

The chilling moment in “Race” comes when Jesse Owens, played by Stephan James, is lining up for his first sprint at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He notices the roar of the crowd, as it rises in a wave, turning to … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Deadpool”dropkicks Jesus, but “Risen” trumps “Witch”

“Deadpool” continues to blow up expectations for a February opening, a winter comic book movie, a Ryan Reynolds picture, what have you. It’s losing just over half of its opening weekend box office and should pull in $56 million, based … Continue reading

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Next Interview: Questions for Ginnifer Goodwin?

She’s the anchor star of “Once Upon a Time,” and Disney/ABC being all about the synergy, she’s got a plum part in the March animated offering from the Mouse, “Zootopia.” It’s a somewhat daring cartoon about stereotypes, racism and fear. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Crazy About Tiffany’s”

Those compiling a list for “the first against the wall when The Revolution comes” could get a healthy headstart on the work by jotting down names from “Crazy About Tiffany’s.” Another love poem to New York aspirationalism and vulgar consumption, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Risen”

More period accurate than Biblically Correct, “Risen” is a moving, engrossing and yes, entertaining account of the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, “Yeshua,” as he was called, back in the day. Director and co-writer Kevin Reynolds and a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Backtrack”

A recent piece by the numbers-crunching pundit site fivethirtyeight.com tried to come to grips with which actor has had the worst career, after winning an Oscar. And while you can quibble with the methodology and conclusions that the website conjured … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “A Country Called Home”

“A Country Called Home” makes a sturdy enough indie star vehicle for the criminally under-heralded Imogen Poots (“Need for Speed,” “That Awkward Moment”). She plays Ellie, who ventures to the small town in Texas where her wayward, alcoholic father has … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday”

He’s still got the suit, the white bucks, the bow tie. But it’s easy to see why this was a deemed Netflix picture. There are some laughs. Joe Manangiello delivers. But Pee-Wee Herman’s lost his mania, his fastball. His laugh. … Continue reading

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