Monthly Archives: May 2017

Box Office: “Pirates” fatigue sets in, “Baywatch” drowns

You read it here, first. There will NOT be another “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie. There’s a project listed on IMdb, supposedly Johnny Depp is on board. But “Dead Men Tell No Tales” should be the finish line or the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “True Story” or not, “The Journey” adds a comical undertow to the Irish Peace Accords

A cursory search for details on the “St. Andrews Agreement” doesn’t tell you much about the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of that 2006 finale to the Northern Ireland peace process. And British newspapers have taken issue with the dark yet sometimes whimsical … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Russian school is turned upside down by “The Student” fundamentalist

We don’t know what radicalized “The Student.” But something set him off. And the school and society that surround him must cope. He has taken to wearing black, and not bathing. He has his holy texts with him, always. He’s … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Worthington is strong, silent and deadly in “The Hunter’s Prayer”

Genre films are movie comfort food. You don’t watch them expecting huge surprises. But the good ones are satisfying in the ways they do so much of the work for you. There have been scads of “kidnapped kid/person protected by … Continue reading

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Movie Review — “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”

If ever you’ve ever had a soft spot for those scalawags, the “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and that dopey/daffy/rum-drunk Captain Jack Sparrow, then “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the latest and perhaps last film of the franchise, is for you. It’s … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Berlin Syndrome” brings torture porn back to Deutschland

Young ladies, what did your mother warn you about foreign travel? Sure, it starts with seeing the sights, taking the photos, flirting with the nice foreign fellow. That’s followed by the make-out sessions in the clubs, the sex in the … Continue reading

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Roger Moore, ex-Bond, UNICEF ambassador: 1927-2017

I was very young the first time my parents let me know that I wasn’t the only fellow with the name “Roger Moore.” My Dad called me into the living room, pointed at an actor on a TV re-run and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Waterlogged “Baywatch” goes down for the third time

“Baywatch” wasn’t much of a TV show, even as a “classic” of its genre — jiggle vision. Glug glug glug, jugs jugs jugs. Ugh. But it surely deserved better than this, a leering, violent, coarse, deathly-dull and stupidly long send-up … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “A Quiet Passion” puts some bite into Emily Dickinson

British writer and director Terence Davies (“The Deep Blue Sea, ” “The House of Mirth”) looked at the poems of American poet Emily Dickinson and didn’t see a shrinking violet. He saw more than the shy recluse, the plain spinster … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Alien” fades, “Everything” picks up, “Guardians” clears $300 million

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” roared back Saturday to swallow a big chunk of “Alien: Convent” cash — a $15 million to $12 million beat-down. “Covenant” is now projected to maybe hit $36 million. Word of mouth? Not helping. … Continue reading

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