Monthly Archives: July 2017

The vessel and skipper that inspired the Moonstone and Mark Rylance character in “Dunkirk”?

As part of “Take Dad to ‘Dunkirk’ This Weekend,” I took my father and caught the film a second time — I rarely do that, but period pieces/WWII movies and films about boats are kind of my thing(s). One thing … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Dunkirk” and “Girls Trip” set to run off with the weekend

Christopher Nolan is taking a chance — with Warner Brothers’ money — that audiences in the US and abroad will forsake slick summer sci-fi and Spandex (comic book) pictures and show up for a little history. That risk has been … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Plummer lends his twinkle to Kaiser Bill in “The Exception”

The long career of Christopher Plummer only truly turned “glorious” decades after his most famous turn — as the dapper, testy and sexy Captain Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music,” a movie he has long playfully dismissed as “S … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Teen outsiders find support in each other in “Some Freaks”

“Find your tribe” is a running theme through decades of cinema about the American high school experience. Figure out who your people are, who shares your interests and values, and make a home there. But as the coarse yet sweet “Some … Continue reading

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Weekend movies — Universal praise for “Dunkirk,” giggles for “Girls Trip,” shrugs for “Valerian’

One of the stark ways this summer has schooled movie fans and movie reviewers is in the relative valuation of aggregated movie reviews, a hard lesson for sci-fi and comic book fangirls and boys to absorb. Read the studio-culled blurbs … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Girls Trip” knows what it means to “Get Turnt” in New Orleans

Raunchy, rude and weapons-grade wicked, “Girls Trip” is the funniest big studio comedy since “Trainwreck.” It’s “Bridesmaids” with brass, “The Hangover” with flava and does for New Orleans what that film did for Vegas — showcases it as headquarters for … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: James Franco pays tribute to the worst movie since “Plan 9” in “The Disaster Artist”

“The Room” has a lot in common with “Ed Wood.” There’s a riotously incompetent director/star in charge, and a lot of not-totally-delusional folks on the set with him. “The Disaster Artist” is about the making of “The Room.” Not the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Lady Macbeth” is a monster movie we can all endorse

One of film, literature and mythology’s greatest archetypes gets a spotless new wardrobe in “Lady Macbeth,” a British film about a Russian novel based on the femme fatale of Shakespeare’s Scottish Play. Calculating, self-serving, willful and cunning, this throwback anti-heroine … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Nolan immerses us all in the harrowing history of “Dunkirk”

A master filmmaker with all the state-of-the-art resources due a man who produces sci-fi and comic book blockbusters turns his attention to history with breathless, stunning results in “Dunkirk.” Christopher Nolan transforms the legend of Britain’s “miracle” retreat from the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Gracefield Incident”

“The Gracefield Incident” is an attempted Canadian “Blair Witch Project,” and a veritable minefield of spoiler alerts waiting to happen. It’s “Cabin in the Woods” meets “Signs,” a Bigfoot movie as imagined by M. Night Shyamalan. And it’s, well, not … Continue reading

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