Monthly Archives: March 2018

Movie Review: “Acrimony” is all Tyler Perry’s getting in this review

 “Tyler Perry’s ‘Acrimony’” Let the record reflect that Taraji P. Henson is one scary broad, when she wants to be. “Empire?” Hah. “Proud Mary?” Child’s play. In “Tyler Perry’s Acrimony”  she’s all eaten-up with crazy, dripping with homicidal intent. She’s sitting … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “God’s Not Dead 3: A Light in Darkness” tries to be less angry

  The virtues of “God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness,” are few. So let’s get them out of the way right out of the gate. It’s replaced the generally hostile, defensive and political tone of the first two films … Continue reading

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Easter Box Office: “Ready Player One” opens big, Tyler Perry scores, “God’s Not Dead” dies

Projections for how big “Ready Player One” were a bit fuzzy, with it having a Wed. night opening and then an entire Easter Weekend to make some coin. The $40 million or so 3/day always seemed low, and a big … Continue reading

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Preview, Prepared to be disturbed by Ethan Hawke in Paul Schrader’s Religion in a Faithless Time drama, “First Reformed”

The first thing that jumps out at from this trailer is the film’s tone  — melancholy, despairing. Ethan Hawke is a preacher at the end of his rope in this Paul Schrader drama. The great thing about the existence of … Continue reading

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Did Netflix “Scoop” “Ready Player One” with its raunchy comedy, “Game Over, Man?”

So not having read Ernest Cline’s YA novel “Ready Player One,” one of the first things that struck me when watching it was a “Where have I seen this sensory game-suit?” that the film trots out as The Next Big … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Chinese animated “Big Fish & Begonia” loses something in translation

    Let us now plumb the mysteries and parse the meaning of a Chinese animated film. No, I’m not returning to the subject of “Rock Dog.” But animation can be a fascinating window on a culture. Think of your … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Ready Player One” devours Thursday, headed for a huge Easter Weekend

Earlier projections, based on tracking data, had Steven Spielberg’s spin on Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One” under-performing at the domestic box office. $40 million was predicted. The trailers don’t do it eye-candy justice, the endless parade of Easter Eggs, inside jokes … Continue reading

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Preview, We are intrigued by the neon “Sin City” noir of “Terminal” — and Margot Robbie as a femme fatale, of course

This is a real eye-popper of a trailer. Lurid colors, vamped up “Sin City/Streets of Fire” settings. Simon Pegg playing another hit man. Mike Myers acting into his dotage. Max Irons. Kind of “Kill Me Three Times” or “Seven Psychopaths” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Ex-con starts over and sees life “Outside In”

“Outside In” is a quiet, contemplative melodrama about starting over and the obstacles facing an ex-con fresh out of a 20 year stretch in prison. The script that director Lynn Shelton (“Humpday,” “Your Sister’s Sister”) co-wrote with her fellow “mumblecore” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Love After Love” ponders the ripple effects of losing a loved one

It varies from family to family, the one member everybody calls “the rock,” “the glue” that seems to hold them all together. And when that glue is gone, it can seem as if gravity itself has failed. Members spin off, … Continue reading

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