Monthly Archives: November 2017

Pixar’s John Lasseter: Another Hollywood “Inappropriate” Hugger?

When I saw the trending headline “Lasseter Takes Leave of Absence Over Missteps,” my first thought was “On no, Disney/Pixar’s pre-releasing testing suggests it’ll flop.” And then, of course, the mind runs to how that could be? It’s their best … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Disaster Artist” Gives His All, and Still makes an Awful Movie

Everything James Franco has done with his life, his work and his fame up until now reveals its purpose in “The Disaster Artist.” Backing into stardom, passing himself off as a polymath — acting, writing fiction, directing, taking classes here, … Continue reading

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HBO Documentary Review — “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee”

It’s hard to make any movie about newspapering these days without it feeling like a wallow in nostalgia. So with “The Newspaperman,” the new documentary about Ben Bradlee, the iconic editor of The Washington Post, director John Maggio doesn’t even … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Germany’s Best Foreign Language Oscar contender, “In the Fade”

If it weren’t for the subtitles, you might be fooled into waiting for the usual Hollywood twists and turns tailored for an American audience. But “In the Fade” is German, a terrorist thriller, courtroom drama and soul-searching plunge into grief, … Continue reading

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Preview: “Incredibles 2,” a teasing first look

Here you go.

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Movie Review: Bad Hair is a REALLY Big Deal in 1980s Rural Va. in “Permanent”

Warm in all the most predictable ways, edgy and surprising at times, and always willfully quirky, “Permanent” is an old-fashioned coming-of-age-in-the-hell-of-high-school comedy with a few new twists. It’s about bad hair in a place (suburban Richmond, Va., THE SOUTH) and … Continue reading

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“Justice League” might not hit $100 million on opening, Suicide Watch at Warners

OK, I kid. And what do we say? We kid because we love. I was chatting with a couple of theater managers today about Thursday night’s and Friday pre-sale numbers for “Justice League,” and one said and I quote, “OK, … Continue reading

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Preview: No Wallace, no Gromit, just Aardman doing Cave Women and Men in “Early Man”

Second trailer, fun clash between primitive man and Bronze Age Man. Great voices (Eddie Redmayne, Oscar winner), Maisie Williams, Tom Hiddleston,  Richard Ayoade, Timothy Spall. Watch for the “Jurassic Pork” gag. Feb. 15 for this one.   

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Preview: An Infamous moment in Sailboat Racing is re-staged for “The Mercy”

“Around Alone” is a solo sailboat race around the world that’s gone under a variety of names over the decades. But one name stands out in its history, Donald Crowhurst. And not because he was a winner, either. Oscar winner … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Wonder” is a Weeper That Earns Its Tears…up to a point

Tear-jerkers are always manipulative movies, and “Wonder” is no different. But tear-jerkers (weepers, if you prefer) that earn those tears honestly are a cut above mere manipulation. And “Wonder,” through depictions of the burdens shouldered by its characters, through jolting … Continue reading

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