Monthly Archives: March 2018

Preview, “The Spy Who Dumped Me” pairs Mila, McKinnon in an August action spoof

Mila Kunis is the half of that Mila/Ashton couple that still has a big screen career. Kate McKinnon? She’s the star, the glue who holds “Saturday Night Live” together.” Lots of shots at movies, this one is the first that … Continue reading

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Box Office — The Movie Future is Chinese as “Pacific Rim: Uprising” earns $146 million…in China

As I said in my review of Universal’s “150 million worth of stupid,” it’s not really for the North American market. Like Universal’s “Great Wall,” there’s a shift in the cultural locus of both “Pacific Rim” movies. Whoever the “name” … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Muslim Dutch girl “Layla M.” wonders, “To assimilate, or not assimilate?”

A Westernized Amsterdam teen struggles with her Muslim identity in “Layla M.,” the Dutch submission for Oscar contention in 2016. It’s a movie that squares off the pressure to assimilate with the teenage need to rebel as Layla, vividly portrayed … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Elusive jazz great is chased by his fans in “Flock of Four”

“Flock of Four” is a clumsily-titled but warm and likable amble through the 1950s LA jazz scene. Co-writer director Gregory Caruso conjures up a lightly amusing quest comedy that finds its edge in the subject of race, its warmth in … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Coming of age isn’t any easier when you “Lean on Pete”

A conventional coming-of-age-while-poor narrative serves up plenty of unconventional twists in “Lean on Pete,” a dusty, downbeat tale set on the margins of horse racing. That’s a world 15 year-old Charley (Charlie Plummer) discovers one summer day while strolling past … Continue reading

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Preview, Johnny Knoxville’s “Grandpa” lives on in “Action Point”

A “Jackass” take on the sort of old school Southern amusement park (not, um, OSHA compliant) with Johnny Knoxville in grandfatherly make up — at least for part of it. No, it’s not “Bad Grandpa,” but it is slapstick of … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Pacific Rim” tames the “Panther,” “I Can Only Imagine” hangs in, “Unsane” can’t crack top ten

Yes, there’s another “Black Panther” box office record, the one for highest domestic gross ever for a Marvel movie. It will have earned over $630 million by the time the totals are tallied Sunday night. But “Pacific Rim: Uprising,” even … Continue reading

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Most interesting Product Placement in “Pacific Rim: Uprising?”

Apparently, in the future, getting your hands on good hot sauce is like having cigarettes in prison. The currency of the day. Even in Chinese future “Pacific Rim” films imagine and embrace. Would never have recognized the stuff, as I … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Counterfeiters”

“Counterfeiters” is an ambitious, abridged thriller about a hustler who figures out a DIY way of making funny money. A short, low-budget affair, it’s more of a prospectus than a polished, finished feature. Think of it as a calling card … Continue reading

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Preview, Renner, Rashida, Isla, Buress, Hamm, Helms and Jake Johnson spend their lives playing “Tag” in this summer comedy.

The trailer is freaking hilarious. The premise? A game of “tag” that lasts a lifetime? Through marriage cross-country moves, and childbirth, death and ruin? And it’s a true story? Slapshticky, sentimental, great cast. Renner goes Action Jackson, Hannibal Buress puts … Continue reading

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