Daily Archives: May 3, 2017

Preview: “The Dark Tower,” a late summer smash or a dog dumped in August?

August used to be home to movies that weren’t quite muscular enough to hold their own against prime summer cinema competition. Then “Signs” came along. And “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Blockbusters can break out of August as easily as most … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Circle” is a cautionary tale too on-the-money to write off

I caught “The Circle” after the tepid heat of its weak opening weekend, after the first wave of overwhelmingly negative reviews. And I didn’t have to read those reviews to pick up on what turned people off to this ambitious, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Sleight” manages to misspell its own title

“Sleight” is a prestidigitation thriller that lives up to its title only if you misspell it. It’s a smart kid drug-dealer trying to “get out” tale, slight in its ambitions, blessed by a charming cast but sorely lacking the magic … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “How to Be a Latin Lover” shows how much Hollywood wants a piece of Derbez

The surprise success of the middling but good-hearted and “immigrant” topical parenting comedy “Instructions Not Included” was enough to convince Hollywood that it should be in the Eugenio Derbez business, and quickly, before the 50something Mexican funnyman aged out of … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” gives us so much more it’s almost too much

It takes a village to raise Baby Groot. There are worse things that you could call a trigger-happy/tech savvy ill-tempered talking raccoon than “raccoon.” “Trash panda,” for instance. “Triangle-headed dog.” Sly Stallone doesn’t do alien makeup, because he’s Sly Stallone. … Continue reading

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