Monthly Archives: October 2016

Movie Review — “Ouija: Origin of Evil”

“Ouija: Origin of Evil” makes you appreciate the fine art of cutting a movie trailer. You’ve got to show us enough to want to buy a ticket, but you don’t want to spoil all your surprises and effects. This is … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Faith-based “Priceless” lacks urgency

You have to appreciate the high-mindedness of “Priceless,” a faith-based drama in which a “transporter” makes it his business to free Mexican women he’s unknowingly delivered into the Southwestern U.S. sex trade. But other good intentions — director Ben Smallbone … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Icelandic thrills are dim in “Autumn Lights”

What’s memorable about “Autumn Lights,” an erotic thriller set in posh accommodations in rural Iceland? Well, the nude scene depicted above, for starters. A couple of others. Some explicit sex. It’s tempting to revive that long retired label “soft-core porn” … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Accountant” cashes in, Hart sells out, “Max Steel” melts

Here’s what I’ve been saying since “The Town.” Warner Brothers recognized, in Ben Affleck, their replacement for Clint Eastwood. He’s become a reliable box office star in front of and behind the camera. They’ve shoved him into a Bat costume, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “A Man Called Ove” gives cranky Swedes a good name

“Idioten!” If the sad Swedish comedy “A Man Called Ove” accomplishes nothing else, at least it’s taught us the Swedish word for “idiot.” “Idioten!” The title character, a walking/grumping antidote to the world’s stereotype of happy, friendly Swedes, uses it … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Rogue One” looks like a much tougher “Star Wars” remake/mashup/facsimile

Diversity is once again front and center in the next “Star Wars” movie. But judging from the second trailer, “Rogue One” boasts a better cast, some genuine moments of pathos and sacrifice, and director Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla”) seems to have … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Schrader’s “Dog Eat Dog” is a real mutt

Why is it that every movie Paul Schrader has ever made plays like an invitation to put him on the couch? A screenwriter (“Taxi Driver”) and director (“Light Sleeper”) whose violent, moralistic melodramas play like peep shows of his id, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Little Sister” is a nun on the run to and from her Goth girl past

Good scripts don’t over-explain. They leave mysteries for us to speculate about, mull over, mysteries that draw us in. “Little Sister” is slight, unfussy character study with a hint of such mystery. It’s about a 21 year-old novice nun estranged … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Army of One” makes Cage comic, and relevant again?

For reasons I can’t even fathom, I have made it a point to review every Nicolas Cage movie — even the hardest to locate, grade Z junk that nobody gets to. Maybe it has something to do with what he … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Accountant” can’t quite balance his books

Hollywood’s ongoing fascination with Asperger’s and other points on the autism spectrum gets filmdom into trouble with “The Accountant.” Spinning the outward awkwardness, difficulty connecting on a human level symptoms of the condition to create a bookkeeper with computer-worthy numbers … Continue reading

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