Daily Archives: March 30, 2018

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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