Monthly Archives: November 2016

Movie Review: “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”

You can’t fault “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” for its ambition. A sweeping satire of the politics and entertainment value of violence, the commercialization of “heroes” and conservative Christian hypocrisy, it’s got it all — combat, blood, sex, morality and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Billy Bob relives past, um, glories with “Bad Santa 2”

So, Christmas comes twice this year. Or are we just talking about Santa? Billy Bob Thornton revisits his most infamous role with “Bad Santa 2,” reprising the foul-mouthed, safe-cracking,anal-sex obsessed loser who discovers the true meaning of Christmas from a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The sap almost drowns Lautner’s “Run the Tide”

Fate has turned an indifferent eye to the breakout cast of the “Twilight” movies. The stars of that film series — Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner — haven’t been able to turn that success and name recognition with … Continue reading

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“Hidden Figures,” a terrific book, a promising film

Just finished Margot Lee Shetterly’s “Hidden Figures,” soon to be a major motion picture, as publishers used to say. The trailers to the film had me figuring it was a Fla/NASA story about the women who did the math before … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Fantastic Beasts” opens big, but not Harry Potter big

The signs aren’t obvious, not with an estimated $73-75 million weekend (maybe slightly less) opening weekend for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” But maybe audiences were lining up, all those years, to see those adorable English moppets learning … Continue reading

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Weekend movies: Decent reviews for “Beasts,” “Nocturnal Animals,” raves for “Edge of 17”

It’s been a desultory fall at the movies, no doubt about it. “Doctor Strange” was a welcome critical darling and box office hit. But for the most part, we’ve been treated to “awards season” misfires and science fiction too smart … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Edge of Seventeen” blows out “Sixteen Candles”

It’s an easy comparison, as “The Edge of Seventeen” was plainly inspired by the iconic ’80s teen comedy “Sixteen Candles.” There’s a hapless, cute and ignored teenage girl, crushing on a guy who doesn’t know she exists. A scandalously-misplaced sexual … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Idris Elba shoots, and sings in “The Take”

Stick around through the credits of “The Take.” Yeah, that’s Idris Elba, the film’s star, crooning the title tune — “The Road Less Traveled.” “We’re running the city down,” he growls. And before one runs his movie down, a pause, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Moana” is an instant classic

Disney’s latest animated musical “Moana” is so good it could prompt a new catchphrase in the Burbank HQ of The Mouse. “Pixar who?” A moving, hilarious and stunningly-animated adventure epic, it’s about remembering who you are, living up to your … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Is “Shut In” the disaster the reviews say it is?

Bad movies aren’t bad by intent. The team making “Shut In” had the Oscar-nominated star of “The Ring,” Naomi Watts, a big, creepy violent kids, a remote, old and creaky house isolated by a winter storm and menace from spooky … Continue reading

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