Monthly Archives: July 2016

Movie Review: His son’s dead, and the killers meet the Snowplow Man “In Order of Disappearance”

Here’s something Hollywood “revenge” thrillers always get wrong. They always give their hero “special skills.” You know, what Liam Neeson bragged about in “Taken,” what Sly Stallone let others attribute to him in “Rambo.” Real thrills and real engagement with … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The horror isn’t just in her head in “Sun Choke”

Horror survived its widely criticized “torture porn” phase — movies with nubile young women and occasionally handsome young actors eviscerated, etc., on the screen. And it will survive writer-director Ben Cresciman’s self-consciously obscure and artsy variation, which could be labeled … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Star Trek” does a fast fade, “Ice Age” bombing, “Lights Out” holds the line

The pre-release predictions that “Star Trek Beyond” wasn’t going to revive the franchise that “Star Trek Into Darkness” deflated have proven true. So, kudos to Box Office Mojo and Box Office Guru for calling this one right. A step fall-off … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Star Trek” strong, “Ice Age” bombs, “Lights Out” overachieves

Deadline.com is emphasizing the negative regarding  the opening weekend of “Star Trek Beyond,” with some justification. It’s opening, based on late Wed., Thursday and Friday’s numbers, with $60 million in ticket sales. But “Star Trek Into Darkness,” the last film … Continue reading

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Weekend movies: “Star Trek” endorsed, “Ab Fab” pretty much, “Lights Out!” almost.

There’s some ridiculously high number on the tomatometer for “Star Trek Beyond,” which plays like the farewell to this “Enterprise” crew even though Paramount, just this week, announced a fourth film. Forget the Tomatometer. Metacritic has a much more sober … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Star Trek Beyond”

  The effects sparkle and the design dazzles in “Star Trek Beyond,” perhaps the best looking “Star Trek” movie ever. And Simon Pegg — cast member and avid Trekker — has served up a pulpy and derivative script that panders … Continue reading

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Garry Marshall: 1934-2016

I was always more of a fan of Garry Marshall the character than Garry Marshall the director. I rolled my eyes at “Pretty Woman” and had a hard time sitting through such indulgences as “Valentine’s Day” and “Georgia Rule.” But … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Viggo lets his hippy flag fly in “Captain Fantastic”

Viggo Mortensen gives perhaps his sweetest performance as a father determined to righteously raise his kids “off the grid” and disconnected from much of society in “Captain Fantastic,” an earthy, funny and sometimes poignant portrait of a family that could … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Little Men”

The films of Ira Sachs always send me to the Internet Movie Database (imdb.com) to remind me of his credits. Because “an artist,” the old saying goes, “hammers the same nail over and over again.” Knowing he did the quietly … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Herzog finds wonder in the Internet age in”Lo and Behold”

The great Werner Herzog is the cinema’s most curious filmmaker, and his probing camera and soft spot for eccentrics make this (fiction) feature filmmaker’s documentaries stand alone. His wide-ranging intellectual inquisitiveness is well-served in “”Lo and Behold, Reveries of the … Continue reading

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