Monthly Archives: March 2018

Movie Review: Soderbergh iPhones in “Unsane”

It’s a gimmick, a stunt, a filmmaking exercise. Shooting your movie on an iPhone? That’s for aspiring filmmakers, somebody looking for a cheap way to shoot a movie and a headline-grabbing hook when you’re pitching it to film festivals. Sean … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Midnight Sun”

Put it down to diminished expectations or what have you, but there’s a surprising delicacy to “Midnight Sun,” a teen weeper built around Bella Thorne. You may know what to expect, if you’ve seen “A Walk to Remember” or “Everything, … Continue reading

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Preview, “Under the Silver Lake”

Andrew Garfield is the hero, looking for a missing woman (Riley Keogh), looking to the point where he goes deep down the rabbit hole of obsession in this dark noirish (Comic?) thriller. Topher Grace plays his helpful, common sense friend. … Continue reading

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Preview, “Deadpool 2” trailer spills some blood, finds some laughs

Yeah, a killer “From the studio that brought you” sight gag. Sure, a little “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” poke. Lots and lots of the old ultra-violence, self-referential comic book movie incidentals properly mocked. Score! May 18, DP sees if … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Game Over, Man” wants to be a stoner “Die Hard”

Those scamps from TV’s “Workaholics” let their R-rated freak flags fly in “Game Over, Man,” a scruffy, unruly comedy with violence, pot, full frontal nudity and a body count. It’s “Die Hard” with stoners, a blood-spattered tale of three hotel … Continue reading

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Preview, Theo James gets a lesson from Ben Kingsley in “Backstabbing for Beginners”

It’s a drama with conspiracy thriller elements based on the “oil for food” deal the world made with Saddam Hussein in Iraq in the years between the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the U.S. invasion of Iraq. “Backstabbing for Beginners” … Continue reading

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Preview, Margot Robbie teases “Terminal”

Interesting to hear Ms. Robbie flaunt something like her actual Aussie accent. And show a little leg in this taste of “Terminal.” Vaughn Stein’s movie is a film noir thriller/mystery with Simon Pegg, Mike Myers and Max Irons in the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Nature vs. Nurture” takes a comic pummeling in “Birthmarked”

It’s the quotation that opens the quirky Canadian comedy “Birthmarked” that gives away the game. “I think of a new born baby as a blank book,” Walt Disney once said. And as this uneven but amusing romp unfolds, with its … Continue reading

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Next screening? “Midnight Sun” takes another shot at the teen tearjerker title

It’s “Everything, Everything” again. Or “The Fault in Our Stars.” And it stars tabloid terror Bella Thorne and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son. Yeah, the studio is only previewing it tonight. And it opens tonight. Which speaks volumes.  

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Preview, “Unbroken 2” finds a way to top surviving a Japanese POW camp

Angelina Jolie’s blundering adaptation of “Unbroken” has prompted a sequel. A runner’s surviving Japanese barbarism to get back to the Olympics? That sounds like a movie to me.

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