Monthly Archives: July 2017

Movie Review: Morrissey’s path to icon isn’t revealed in “England is Mine”

d Hardcore fans might glean insights into the psyche of England’s iconic-ironic post-punk poet-singer fashion-political statement Morrissey from “England is Mine,” Mark Gill’s unauthorized bio-pic about Steven Patrick Morrissey’s formative years. The film has the glum, mopey vibe of depression … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news | 2 Comments

Movie Review: “Atomic Blonde” punches above her throw weight

With its adoring close-ups, lingering shots in the bath, repeated stripping and endless designer costume changes, “Atomic Blonde” plays like a vanity project for its producer-star, willowy model turned Oscar-winner Charlize Theron. There is no cell phone application for generating … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news | 8 Comments

Movie Review: Welles’ radio broadcast scares the willies out of “Brave New Jersey”

Yes, when his entry in the Big Book is written on college athlete turned Yale School of Drama character actor Raymond J. Barry, we’ll hear about “Training Day” — the movie and the TV series. There’ll be mention of “The … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news

“Wonder Woman” passes “Guardians II” to become #1 movie of the summer

It took seven weeks to do it, but “Wonder Woman,” holding onto more audience and more screens for a longer period of time, finally passed “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” to become the biggest hit of the summer cinema season. … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news

Movie Review: Solid cast can’t rescue “Shot Caller” from prison pic formula

There are basically two types of “ex-con” pictures. You have the ex-con who wants to go straight, but “the life” pulls the convict back into old alliances, old habits and murderous practices (“Straight Time”). Or we’re shown a released-inmate dive … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news | 4 Comments

Movie Review — “Turn it Around! The Story of East Bay Punk”

  “If it’s too loud,” the ancient wisecrack about youth music goes, “you’re too old.” The documentary film version of that saying might be, “If it’s too long, it’d damn-well better be about the Holocaust.” “Turn it Around! The Story … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news

John Heard, Dad in “Home Alone,” 1945-2017

John Heard had a long, broad career in movies and on TV. He will be remembered, by most, as the flustered dad in “Home Alone,” the one who — along with Mom (Catherine O’Hara) — forgets Macaulay Culkin and leaves … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news

Box Office: “Dunkirk” soars, “Girls Trip” “get turnt,” “Valerian” bombs and “Apes” go extinct

“Dunkirk” had a good Thursday night and a very good Friday at the box office, and projections now put it at $51 million+ on its opening weekend. Christopher Nolan, name brand director, delivers. Reviews have been great, if word of … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news

The vessel and skipper that inspired the “Moonstone” and Mark Rylance’s 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. Things. One element … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news