Monthly Archives: December 2016

Movie Review: “Hitchcockian” takes an Irish accent in “A Patch of Fog”

He’s well turned-out and driving a Mercedes. But you know the minute the black gloves come out that he’s up to no good. In the movies, guys who wear black gloves are hit-men or burglars, to a one. Besides, he’s … Continue reading

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Box Office: It’s an even happier New Year for “Rogue One”

The numbers for Disney/Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One” just keeping piling up — another $50 million weekend, $60 million+ over the four-day holiday. Closing in on $700 million, worldwide. Passing “Captain America: Civil War,” to be the second highest grossing film of … Continue reading

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The Worst Movies of 2016

The thing about bad movies is how rarely they stick with you, how utterly forgettable they are. Anybody remember “Clown Town,” “Max Steel,” “Incarnate,” or the last ever “Divergent” theatrical film? Me either. “Run the Tide?” Yeah, that one starred … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Sing” along with the soundtrack, skip the movie

There is novelty in the idea of Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon as a sow singing Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” or “Fireworks,” by Swift’s arch enemy, Katy Perry. That Reese, a real peace maker. And her fellow Oscar winner, Matthew … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Great educators don’t give up on “The Bad Kids,” and neither will you

Here’s a documentary about unflappable, relentlessly optimistic educators and “The Bad Kids” they’re guiding — or dragging, kicking and sleeping (in class)– towards a high school diploma. Black Rock High School is in scenic but remote and limited Joshua Tree, … Continue reading

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Carrie Fisher puts an exclamation point on the worst year since the Black Death

Absolutely awful news ends a year full of that, a year stalked by the specter of death. Carrie Fisher has succumbed to illness and a body ravaged by a lifetime of hard living. She was just 60.  She was never … Continue reading

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“The Grand Tour” not grand enough — wriggle room for returning “Top Gear?”

So I waited around to binge-watch the entire “first series” of “The Grand Tour,” biding my Amazon Prime time, wanting to see the whole thing in one sitting. As a long-time “Top Gear” fan, owner of many a boxed set … Continue reading

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Xmas Box Office: “Rogue One” rules, “Sing” sings, “Why Him?” “Assassins Creed” and “Passengers” get lumps of coal

I doubt you could call an $18 million opening for the pricey space romance “Passengers” passable, even if this wasn’t a four-day holiday weekend. Even if it wasn’t the poorly-reviewed pic’s opening weekend. There’s no spinning the bad news on … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Denzel and Viola deliver Oscar worthy dazzle in “Fences”

A Great American Play becomes a Great American Film with “Fences,” Denzel Washington’s letter-faithful adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece. Set in Wilson’s beloved Pittsburgh in the late 1950s, it’s about the African American diaspora, sons and daughters of … Continue reading

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Wes Anderson’s latest? “Isle of Dogs,” a return to the stop motion animation of “Mr. Fox”

If you didn’t love “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” as much as any eight year old, you plainly have lost the inner child Wes Anderson has made his living off of his entire career. So it’s great news that Anderson is … Continue reading

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