Monthly Archives: November 2017

Holiday Weekend Box Office: “Coco” hits, “Man Who Invented Christmas” does not

The projected numbers for a rare animated musical from Pixar, the studio’s best film since “Inside Out,” have swung back and forth between $70 and $76 million since its late Tuesday opening. Now it’s looking like the film, critically-adored and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A Canadian Gets in Over his Head with “The Pirates of Somalia”

Leave it to a Canadian to find humor in the horrors of the endless strife in perpetually poor Somalia. But Jay Badahur was nothing if not an optimist when he, as aspiring journalist with no training and just “an obsession … Continue reading

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Movie Review: An Israeli family’s Fate is tied up in the “Foxtrot”

“Foxtrot” is a mordant allegory of military service, generational guilt and the wrenching grief of losing a child, an Israeli drama that could have been dreamed up by Samuel Beckett. A tale told in three acts connected by the dance … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Your Friends List is Awash in “People You May Know”

The impersonal, easily-hoaxed nature of our digital existence is lightly sent up in “People You May Know,” a romance set in the age of Google. It’s a Facebook/Snapchat/Twitter zeitgeist film built around “What can we really know about a person … Continue reading

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Holiday Box Office: Can “Coco” clip “Justice League?”

The bad news surrounding Pixar chief John Lasseter probably won’t dampen enthusiasm for the studio’s Mexican musical romp “Coco.” Even if the brand itself is tarnished, in the long run. But is its appeal broad enough, demographically, for it to … Continue reading

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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 ‘Coco’ will flop.” And then, of course, the mind runs to how that could be? It’s their … 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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