Monthly Archives: January 2018

Netflixable? “A Futile and Stupid Gesture” embraces the Troubled Genius behind The National Lampoon

I didn’t have high hopes for the new bio-comedy, “A Futile and Stupid Gesture,” a not-quite-all-star remembrance of the comic genius behind “The National Lampoon” and “Animal House.” After all, Doug Kenney, the magazine’s co-founder, was ably memorialized in the … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Maze Runner” finally vanquishes “Jumanji,” “Hostiles” opens wide, but not that well

The tide of YA sci-fi franchises has ebbed, but “Maze Runner” has just enough in it to wash “Jumanji” out of the top spot at the box office, which it has owned since “The Last Jedi” did it’s huge opening … Continue reading

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Book Review: A dilettante’s guide to “Wayne and Ford: The Films, The Friendship and the Making of an American Hero”

‘ The last line of “True Grit” is, “Come see a fat old man some time,” as John Wayne jumps a fence and rides off into the sunset, one more time. It’s a piece of movie lore, well-known by any … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Jingoistic “12 Strong” lets Bruckheimer re-write 9/11 history

  Jerry Bruckheimer, Hollywood’s leading “chickenhawk” producer since the Ronald Reagan “Top Gun” era, starts his latest movie militaria with a quick history lesson. “12 Strong” is about Green Berets sent into Afghanistan to start the process of dismantling the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Christian Bale mounts up to chase “Hostiles” in the Old West

“Hostiles” is a funereal, downbeat Western conjured up by a filmmaker with only a passing acquaintance with the genre. Interminably slow of foot, filled with static, anachronistic and politically correct sermons performed in a whisper, with bloody-minded outbursts interrupting the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Bocelli learns to sing “The Music of Silence”

  The writer and director of “Il Postino” turn their hands to the life of the world’s most popular tenor, Andrea Bocelli, in “The Music of Silence,” an old fashioned, corny film hagiography that may please the most ardent fans, … Continue reading

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Another “Pacific Rim” trailer, for those who get excited for this sort of thing

Think I’ll go re-watch “Dunkirk,” myself. But enjoy!

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Preview: Le “Super Troopers 2” features le Brian Cox and Rob Lowe

Here’s the redband trailer for the “sequel” lots of frat houses cried out for, a “Super Troopers” tale for you trigger-happy “Blue Lives Matter” Americans. A Canadian town is found to be on U.S. soil, meaning a crew of Troopers … Continue reading

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Razzies Nominate another “Fifty Shades,” Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Cruise and “Baywatch” as the year’s worst

The Golden Raspberry nominations for the worst in cinema of 2017 are out, and Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” is the surprise entrant. I mean, Tyler Perry, “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Baywatch” are just bad movie fish we can shoot in a … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Nicolas Cage can do better than “Looking Glass” these days

When you’re keeping to a movie a month schedule the way Nicolas Cage is, it’s a bit too much to expect every indie outing to be another “Mom and Dad” (January’s dark delight) or the current buzz of Sundance, “Mandy.” … Continue reading

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