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Monthly Archives: April 2017
Yes, we have one more weekend of “The Fate of the Furious” owning the box office. Another $18 million or so, based on Friday night’s numbers. A big take for this one, especially overseas. Not as big as the last … Continue reading
“The Dinner” is anything but ordinary. Four wait staff deliver each course to the table. The maitre d describes each item in minute detail — “olive oil from the Peloponnese…” And the conversation? Also out of the ordinary — cutting, … Continue reading
Alexander Nevsky was a great hero of medieval Russia. The 13th century Grand Prince of Kiev and fought the Germans and Swedes, paid off the Mongols and was made a Russian Orthodox saint and the focus of a famous Sergei … Continue reading
“The Blair Witch Project” wasn’t the first “found footage” horror picture, though it has proven to be the most imitated. The latest is “Phoenix Forgotten,” a thriller about — now get this, three young people who set out, with a … Continue reading
The audience rejection of “Free Fire,” the gonzo guns-and gunplay action comedy from the director of “High Rise,” may represent some tipping point moment for Americans’ attitudes about gun violence and its cavalier treatment on the big screen. Probably not. … Continue reading
Perhaps the finest accomplishment of those who made “Their Finest” was in getting their World War II “Dunkirk” movie out before the bigger-budgeted, all-star cast “Dunkirk” recreation due out this summer. Because their film, a war-on-the-home-front tale of a plucky … Continue reading
Bertrand Russell “Bert” Berns was a composer who wrote pop hits and soul classics, from “Hang on Sloopy” and “I Want Candy” to “Here Comes the Night,” “Cry Baby” and “Piece of My Heart.” As a producer, he had a … Continue reading
A big Friday translates to another big weekend for “The Fate of the Furious,” which is falling off on the low end of projections (63%) and headed towards a $37 million weekend, if Saturday and Sunday add up. But “Unforgettable,” … Continue reading
It’s one of the most thankless, unsung jobs at any newspaper, and one of the hardest. Obituary writers make value judgments, about whose life and achievements or simple notoriety is worthy of “500, 800 words,” and whose isn’t. And they … Continue reading