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Monthly Archives: September 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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