Daily Archives: March 9, 2018

Movie Review: Blood, bullets and laughs spill out of “The Death of Stalin”

History has provided us with two great death scenes that play like farce. One was the heroic end of Lord Nelson at Trafalgar, an admiral who had signaled his fleet that “England expects every man to do his duty.” Wounded … Continue reading

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Preview, Might “Beirut” signal the arrival of Jon Hamm as a Big Screen star?

I’d missed this trailer, attached to a showing of “Nostalgia” I caught Thursday. That film stars Jon Hamm, as does this one. Both are Bleecker St. releases. A mediator trying to negotiate the release of an old friend who’s been … Continue reading

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Preview, Another Animated “Grinch,” with Cumberbatch?

Illumination’s “Minions” worthy take on the Doctor Seuss classic seems different enough to hold the eye. At least the trailer does. Heck, they got Benedict Cumberbatch to voice the heartless creep. Inferior to the Chuck Jones/Boris Karloff/singer Thurl Ravenscroft original? … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Melancholy “Nostalgia” embraces the ephemeral, the memory that we connect with mementos

The tides of life see us add and acquire, collect and gather people, relationships, property and things. And as we age, we let — often reluctantly — those things and people fall away. As the tide goes back out we … Continue reading

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Movie Review: An international cast fails to find the “Gringo” fun in this action comedy

  Bad movies always start with bad scripts — poorly conceived characters, inane scenes, drab dialogue.   “Gringo” doubles down on disastrous by casting some seriously unfunny people as those unfunny characters. Nobody in this Australian-directed, multi-national cast caper comedy … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Brace yourself for the S–t storm that is “Hurricane Heist”

So America’s major cinema chains got together and started their own movie production company, Entertainment Studios. And what these geniuses decided that they needed for their screens was a “Sharknado” without sharks. Or jokes. What audiences are clamoring for and … Continue reading

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