Monthly Archives: March 2017

Movie Review: “Song to Song” shows Malick at his most atonal…and anal

So iconoclastic filmmaker Terrence Malick shows up at Austin’s South by Southwest music festival with a camera crew, a cluster of adoring movie stars and no real story. And the result is “Song to Song,” a rambling, insomnia-curing meditation on … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Zookeeper’s Wife”

There is no shortage of Holocaust stories that Hollywood wants to tell, and since they concern history’s ultimate “Never forget” horror, that is all well and good. The risk, of course, is that the subject becomes trivialized, rendered trite and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Ghost in the Shell” has the look and spirit, if not the originality of “Blade Runner”

“Ghost in the Shell” is a sensory overload, eye-popping eye candy movie a visual feast of the “Blade Runner” “Fifth Element” variety. Based on the popular and enduring comic book/anime/Japanese media franchise, it’s dark and dazzling to look at. And … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Tommy’s Honour” is a bit too much like golf itself — slooooow

A vivid recreation of the early history of professional golf is the principle pleasure of “Tommy’s Honour,” a stately, slow and distressingly dull biography of 19th century Scottish golf hero Tom Morris. The film was directed by actor-turned-director Jason Connery, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Herzog stumbles with the opaque, dull and nearly pointless “Salt and Fire”

The great Werner Herzog rarely takes on the effort of getting a fictional feature film made these days. The director of “Aguirre, the Wrath of God,” “Fitzcarraldo” and “Rescue Dawn” has found his meditative documentaries to be a better use … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Blackcoat’s Daughter”

A remote snowy, Northeastern Catholic boarding school, schoolgirls forgotten by their parents over spring break and a sinister presence are the promising ingredients of “The Blackcoat’s Daughter,” a horror thriller concocted by one of the sons of Anthony “Psycho” Perkins … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Boss Baby” brings grown-up laughs

I can’t tell you what tiny tykes will get out of “The Boss Baby,” the latest rude, grownup-joke riddled ‘toon from Dreamworks. They’ll probably get a charge out of the “poof” fart joke during the baby powdering scene. Maybe the … Continue reading

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“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” gives us Frances McDormand as a badass

Huge fan of both the McDonagh brothers, Martin and John Michael. Martin’s the one who brought “In Bruges” and “Seven Psychopaths” to the screen. And his latest all-star cuss-and-kick-in-the-door fest is “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Frances McDormand is the … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Power Rangers” pop, “Life” underwhelms, “CHIPS” bomb

Yeah, it is shaping up as another epic weekend for Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” remake. $81 million more ensuring that Emma Watson is now in the “Whatever she wants, pay it, get her” category of leading ladies. $300 million? … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Danes seek retribution from German teens in “Land of Mine”

They surrendered to the Germans in mere hours, but when the Nazis planned to round up all of the country’s Jews, they organized and ferried them all to safety in Sweden. That’s all that most people know about Denmark’s involvement … Continue reading

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