Monthly Archives: September 2016

“Trolls” — the early buzz turns uglier as the JT sountrack takes a beating

On the surface, it looks like the most cynical kids’ cartoon since those godawful “Barbie” straight to videos your little girls adored.. Still, “The Lego Movie” — they’d had years of practice making spoof videos — came off, so maybe … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Mag Seven” ride off with $37, “Storks” deliver $22+

Denzel Washington still packs an action picture punch, and Chris Pratt has another hit under his belt as “The Magnificent Seven” gallops off to a $37 million opening weekend, right in line with projections of what this remake built around … Continue reading

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Books the the Big Screen — So, what’s next?

  Killing time before a recent screening, I ducked into a Big Box Book Store and found myself stopping short at the vast collection of fiction and graphic novels bundled near the entrance. With every given week carrying news of … Continue reading

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John LeCarre’ finds his funnybone with a memoir — “The Pigeon Tunnel”

I’ve worn out this line, using in virtually every review of a film or TV series based on his work, but it’s worth trotting out one last time. In spy fiction, there is a master, John LeCarre, and then there’s … Continue reading

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Movie Review: There’s no cachet to being “Morris from America”

Morris Gentry is 13, can’t dance or play basketball and is just too young to make being the only black American kid in Heidelberg, Germany, work for him. “Morris from America” is a puzzle to his classmates, whose language he … Continue reading

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Weekend Movies: Indifferent reviews for “Storks,” “Magnificent Seven”

Denzel Washington is still box office in the right vehicle, and that’s what the remake of “The Magnificent Seven” has going for it — Denzel, in a “cool role” as a man of violence. Nobody else in the cast is … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Mr. Church”

“Mr. Church” is such a departure for Eddie Murphy that you want to praise the intent if not the outcome. An actor reviled for decades of godawful paycheck pictures takes on something resembling an indie dramedy, with a “name” director … Continue reading

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“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week–The Touring Years”

    After all the decades, all the books and documentaries, is there anything new to discover about the alchemy that created The Beatles and their place in pop culture? Not really. Throwing Oscar-winning director Ron Howard and the endless … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Dizzy “Storks” deliver the laughs

There’s a random daftness, or a daft-randomness, that makes the offbeat animated comedy “Storks” fly. I’m not saying it soars, but the throw-away lines, and odd inspired wacky conceit get this film, from the director of “Neighbors” and screenwriter of … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Milton’s Secret”

The great Donald Sutherland gets his best screen “entrance” since “M*A*S*H” in the Canadian drama “Milton’s Secret.” Backlit, still ’60s hip, warm and wise, the man still wears a Hawaiian shirt with class. Alas, it’s an entrance wasted on a … Continue reading

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