Monthly Archives: December 2016

Movie Review: Beautiful people give a sheen to “Collateral Beauty”

Whatever the “meaning” of “Collateral Beauty” — and the title is given an incomplete but understandable definition in the film — it is to be appreciated for the lovely people it captures in loving, perfect close-ups. As Will Smith’s mad … Continue reading

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Golden Globe nominations — maybe not as Oscar predictive as the Critic’s Choice noms

The Golden Globes love them some Mel Gibson, and they’re thrilled to have the chance to welcome him back from the wilderness with nominations for his “Hacksaw Ridge.” Hollywood? Maybe. Maybe not. The 74h Golden Globe nominations show the Hollywood … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Why bother with “Why Him?”

It’s fair if not entirely accurate to say everything funny about it is stuff you can see in the trailers and TV ads for “Why Him?” Because those samples aren’t the least big amusing, and there is a random laugh … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Hidden Figures” gives Hollywood pizzazz to a story of math heroines in the Space Age

Little known fact. It wasn’t just daring or pluck that made the Wright Brothers “First in Flight.” It was math. The siblings checked the figures on the generally accepted numeric tables calculating lift and drag on wings, found them wrong … Continue reading

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The broken promise of IFC, the “Indie” Film Channel

Lord have mercy, what has become of the promising-on-paper Independent Film Channel, IFC? “Con Air.” “Dukes of Hazzard.” “Lethal Weapon” sequels ad nauseum. As I have complained on their Facebook page, there’s already a cable channel for crap “so bad … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Christmas Party” opens healthy, “Miss Sloane” bombs — “Moana” rules

An interesting in-between weekend at the box office, as the animated juggernaut “Moana” wins another week, besting the raunchy R-rated comedy “Office Christmas Party.” But it was close, with “Moana” clearing $18 million ($145 million overall, not a world beater, … Continue reading

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Kirk Douglas dies at 103 years of age — worth a flashback

Today, as we remember Kirk Douglas, who just died at 103, I thought I’d track back and re-post an interview/profile I did some years ago, on the occasion of his “last” book, Let’s Face It. Here it is. Screen legend … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Could Portman steal Amy Adams’ Oscar with”Jackie”?

Maybe this is what we need, at the tail end of America’s “annus horribilis” — a really good cry. But “Jackie,” the new bio-pic built around Jacqueline Kennedy’s days of grief, shock and utter horror following the murder of her … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Man Down”

Say what you will about the not-late/far-from-great filmmaker Uwe Boll, but he never for one second in all his awful movies thought he was Martin Effing Scorsese. Dito Montiel can’t say the same. A delusional hack who must have the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Office Christmas Party”

Not to be a prude or anything, but what the hell has Hollywood done to Christmas comedies? Sure, “Bad Santa” was jarring and against the grain — a little dash of sweet, a whole bottle of dirty dysfunction. “The Night … Continue reading

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