Monthly Archives: June 2017

Movie Review: Ghosts of the Holocaust haunt “Past Life”

The Holocaust has been so exhaustively covered as a movie subject as to become a Hollywood punch-line. But the Israeli drama “Past Life” finds a new angle, a new corner of collective guilt. Avi Nesher’s “What Dad did during the … Continue reading

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Tonight’s Screening: “47 Meters Down”

As Mandy Moore grew up in Orlando, learned her acting and musical chops here, and since her mom used to work at the newspaper where I used to work, I have interviewed her many times over the years. She always … Continue reading

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Box Office: Women, in gangs, pump “Wonder Woman,” bad word of mouth deflates “It Comes at Night”

One thing you notice, going out this weekend, is the feminine tenor (soprano?) of the chatter at your neighborhood multiplex. That’s because “Wonder Woman” is playing. That’s because women don’t need no stinking “Women only” screenings to show up the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Pray for Rain,” but wear your waders

Of all the named causes of California’s ongoing water shortages, and the water wars of the state’s agricultural heartland, the Central Valley — here’s one you never thought of. It’s all the fault of naive environmentalists who apparently hate farmers. … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Wonder Woman” smothers “Mummy,” “It Comes at Night” and “Megan Leavey” underwhelm

Add another $54 million to Warner Brothers’ coffers for “gambling” on putting the DC Universe’s future in the hands of an Israeli actress playing “Wonder Woman.” This is turning into the blockbuster WB/DC have craved since Bale & Co. finished … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Chadwick Boseman makes a lean, mean “Black Panther”

Cute little framing bit, with Martin Freeman chatting up Gollom/Andy Serkis. And an elaborate origin world for the superhero is here. The rest? Standard issue hero-in-tights comic book stuff, with a dollop of humor. Marvel mass production values. Enjoy.  

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Movie Review: Willis bares all (maybe) for action comedy “Once Upon a Time in Venice”

Bruce Willis makes his getaway, by skateboard and buck naked, when he’s caught in bed with a young client in an early moment in “Once Upon a Time in Venice.” Which is pretty much all you need to know about … Continue reading

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Weekend movies: Critics rave up cheap horror, pan “Mummy,” embrace “My Cousin Rachel”

The flaws of the Rotten Tomatoes “tomatometer” — an all-or-nothing review aggregation system, are the same as the infamous “thumbs up” opinions of Siskel & Ebert, back in the day. And that’s never more obvious than when summer cinema season … Continue reading

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Movie Review — Hair care mogul demonstrates what to do with “Good Fortune”

If I didn’t know (a little) better, I’d swear Paul Mitchell hair care products cash produced “Good Fortune,” a flattering profile of the company’s ever-upbeat/super-righteous/generous CEO and public face of the company, Jean Paul DeJoria. But the folks who made … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Cruise & Co. go for laughs, and a few thrills, in “The Mummy”

My favorite moment in “The Mummy” comes when the intrepid, pretty blonde scientist (Annabelle Wallis), over the shock of seeing the supernatural and recognizing the menace posed by the she-monster attacking her and and soldier-of-fortune Nick Morton, urges her knight-in-tarnished-armor … Continue reading

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