Monthly Archives: February 2018

The Best Picture of 2017 had the Best Sound of 2017 — “Dunkirk” wins CAS prize

You hear the motor-sailor’s rigging groan, every squeak and metallic bend in the Spitfire, the muted pounding of a pilot trying to break his canopy and escape his sinking airplane, you feel the automatic weapons rounds thump against the hull … Continue reading

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Preview: Don’t let Karl Urban and Sofia Vergara’s “Bent” sneak into theaters before seeing this trailer!

Seriously. It’s opening March 9, first I’ve heard of it. I dare say it’s the first you have as well. Because it’s a Florida crime tale — Andy Garcia has a supporting role — and will probably only earn limited … Continue reading

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Preview: Saoirse Ronan has a very bad wedding day “On Chesil Beach”

Was there ever a more British title for a period piece romance than this? “On Chesil Beach” suggests…not much of a beach at all, gloomy skies, tennis “at the club,” and Humber motorcars delivering one and all to a quaint … Continue reading

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Preview: Halle takes in kids, Daniel Craig gripes about it in the rioting LA of “Kings”

Here’s an unusual take on the post-Rodney King verdict, a foster parent trying to keep a house full of black kids indoors after the original “Black Lives Matter” moment — the police “wilding” assault on motorist Rodney King — with … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Black Panther” rolls to another big weekend –$100 million, “Annihilation” may hit $10

When your comic book movie rolls into a ton of theaters and utterly devours a long 4.5 day holiday weekend, it’s cigars and champagne all around the office. But when it notches the biggest pre-summer SECOND weekend in modern box … Continue reading

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April 7, “Paterno” by Pacino comes to HBO

The King of “Hoo Hah!” seems spot on as the earthy, imperious college football coach who seemed to do things the right way, the old school way, start to finish. Until he turned a blind eye to the assistant who … Continue reading

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Weekend Movies: Good reviews for “Game Night” and “Annihilation,” but will they declaw “Black Panther?”

The short answer to that headline question is, of course, “No way.” “Black Panther” opened so huge and is doing enough repeat business — patrons coming back to re-immerse themselves in the Wonders of Wakanda — that it should do … Continue reading

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More Controversy over “Shape of Water” — a very similar play, and a lawsuit

As if Oscar favorite “The Shape of Water” didn’t have enough headwinds facing its breathless march toward Best Director and Best Picture honors. It’s built around bestiality, for “Hollywood’s agenda is PERVERSE” protesters. It’s a violent, predictable and hilariously over-rated … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Film masters the gloomy tone, but dispenses with the suspense of impending “Annihilation”

A fundamental rule of thrillers is that you can’t give away too much too early and still expect anybody to hang on the tenterhooks of suspense.   “Annihilation,” the screen adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s alien infestation novel, almost has enough … Continue reading

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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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