Monthly Archives: May 2017

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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Cycling to take a comic needling in “Tour de Pharmacy”

HBO’s follow-up to the Andy Samberg tennis spoof “Seven Days in Hell” is a rip on the ’82 Tour de France, an all-star romp (again starring Samberg, but also Maya Rudolph, Mike Tyson, Dolph Lundgren, and Orlando Bloom, who has … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Alien” busts out of “Guardians,” “Wimpy” bombs

A good news/not-so-good-news weekend for Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Studios. “Alien: Convenant” is opening big — not huge, but safely near the high end of expectations, probably giving it a win at the box office over the long-released “Guardians of the … Continue reading

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Decent reviews for “Alien: Covenant,” great reviews for “Wakefield,” “Everything” and “Wimpy” panned

There’s plenty of pushback at the latest iteration of “Alien,” a movie that reaches for something deeper and forgets to provide surprises or frights. But most reviewers are endorsing it. The children. It could earn over $40 million, though I’d … Continue reading

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Movie Review: First love means you risk “Everything Everything”

You can lock the world, with its bacteria, viruses and pathogens out, but you can’t lock raging teen hormones in. That’s the big message of “Everything, Everything,” a terminal teen romance of the “Fault in Our Stars/Me and Earl and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Last Shaman” takes us into the Ayahuasca healing fad

Depression is a serious illness that can hit anybody. Even a rich Massachusetts teen who travels into the Amazon seeking a cure through the “ancient tribal secret” fad du jour, Ayahuasca. So there’s no mocking James Freeman’s personal journey, his … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Latino car culture makes a cool backdrop for “Lowriders” melodrama

“Lowriders,” the last sleeper hit of the spring, is an engaging if over-familiar Latino melodrama about fathers and sons, embracing one’s culture even as you stretch it and love triangles. Corny? Si. But set as it is against the East … Continue reading

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