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Monthly Archives: February 2016
“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
“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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
“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