Monthly Archives: March 2016

Movie Review: “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”

  More than a dozen years after the indie film phenom and the far less successful TV series that it spawned, do those big fat Greeks of Nia Vardalos still deliver the laughs and the love when their excesses are … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Pee Wee’s Big Holiday”

Hey kids, we WANT to love Pee Wee’s new movie. Honest we do! Sure, he’s 63. And he’s 30 years removed from “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.” And just as many years separated from Tim Burton, who made that film a … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Allegiant” falls to “Zootopia,” “Heaven” third

The dying “Divergent” franchise, a cut-and-paste knock-off of “Hunger Games,” “The Giver,” and every other Young Adults save us from Dytopia book-movie, took in enough Friday to suggest it’ll manage a $30 million weekend. Despite the worst reviews of the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Bronze”

One joke comedies rarely work, even when the one joke is “sex with a gymnast.” And even when that one joke, a pommel horse punchline long before “Seinfeld” rendered it the object of every man’s fantasy, is delivered by that … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Yeah, they remade “Ben-Hur”

Morgan Freeman and a lot of folks most of us won’t recognize star in this digitally-augmented remake of “A tale of the Christ,” “Ben-Hur.” Insane that Hollywood would remake it, but with CGI being what it is, you don’t have … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

OK, it looks like “X-Men” for toddlers. But…Tim Burton! TIM BURTON! A couple of eye-popping bits to feast on, for sure.

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Movie Review: “The Brothers Grimsby”

“The Brothers Grimsby” is 83 minutes of excruciating, nauseating, boundary-pushing “comedy” that never for a second feels like it’s anything but visual evidence of the end of Sacha Baron Cohen’s comic leading-man career. And in a lame buddy picture, to … Continue reading

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Movie Review — “The Divergent Series: Allegiant- Part 1”

It now being an established fact that these “Divergent” movies are a terrible, hackwork embarrassment to science fiction, YA films and action cinema in general, the time has come to fret over their real impact. Have they broken Shailene Woodley? … Continue reading

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Film Review: “My Golden Days”

A movie must stand on it own legs. If it must be explained by its filmmakers or propped up by our vivid, fill-in-the-missing-parts memories of a book, play or previous film it is based on, then somebody has fallen down … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Miracles from Heaven”

As faith-based films go, “Miracles from Heaven” is a bit of a soft-sell. Faith is present and the faithful are tested — by bad fortune, by the medical establishment, by their fellow churchgoers. But when good things happen to a … Continue reading

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