Monthly Archives: February 2018

Netflixable? “Wheelman” lets Frank Grillo drive angry

Since time immemorial, or at least since 1978’s “The Driver,” getaway drivers in the movies have been portrayed one way — stoic, silent, professional, guys with a “code.” Often, they don’t have real names. They’re just “The Driver” or “Baby … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Cusack hurts one and all to cling to his “Blood Money”

I take no pleasure, none, in tracking the downward spiral of the Great John Cusack‘s big screen career. Nicolas Cage either. Katherine Heigl and Steven Seagal? Sure. I mean, I’m human. But Cusack’s decline to “black baseball cap” roles in … Continue reading

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Next Screening: “Annihilation”

So, is every critic in the world seeing this controversial and supposedly smart sci-fi thriller tonight? Or at least this afternoon? Nah. Showed it in NYC last night, or earlier, apparently. A few reviews on Metacritic or RT.  Withholding access … Continue reading

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Preview: Burt gets his due as “The Last Movie Star”

Burt Reynolds plays a more humble version of himself in this A24 release, playing a past-retirement-age fossil who once owned the box office and the public’s heart reduced to showing up at a film festival (Ariel Winter plays his handler, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Couples fun gets out of hand on “Game Night”

First of all, do NOT try this at home. If somebody suggests “Let’s kick ‘Game Night’ UP a notch,” change the subject. Maybe suggest a nice sophomoric drinking game instead. And at the first mention of “You know what I … Continue reading

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Netflixable: Del Toro, Robbins stare down a war torn Balkans well on “A Perfect Day”

Movies in the streaming era have to meet one very basic requirement for a film buff. Are they worth sitting through, start to finish? All this choice among services, all those titles on inventory. Why waste more than 15 minutes … Continue reading

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Preview: “Incredibles 2” offers us this Summer’s “Wonder Woman” — Elastigirl!

Meant to post this a few days ago, but in any event… Pixar’s mining one of its richest veins by returning to this franchise. Listen for the voices of Samuel L. and Bob Oedenkirk in this one. And Holly Hunter … Continue reading

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Next screening: “Game Night”

Warners has been previewing this for a few weeks. Not sure if they’ve been showing it to critics in other markets earlier, but there were no posted reviews on “Game Night” last time I checked Metacritic and RT. From the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Survivors Guide to Prison”

The statistics are damning. Nobody locks up more people, keeps more of its citizens in prison, than the United States, home to “the largest prison population in the world.” The videos, of police, from coast to coast, engaging in what … Continue reading

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BAFTAs get it right (mostly), “Three Billboards” wins big

Sure, they were displaying a little “Home Isles” bias, giving Martin McDonaugh’s film five top prizes. But the British Academy of Film and Television honored “Three Billboards” at the expense of the grossly over-rated “Shape of Water” in a big … Continue reading

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