Monthly Archives: April 2018

Is “Infinity War” showing us “The Rapture?”

There’s an eye-opening line in “Avengers: Infinity War” in which a character is asked who his “Master” is, and he cracks something about “You expecting me to say ‘Jesus?’” or some such. Cannot find the exact quote in my notes, … Continue reading

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Preview, The Great Tom Hardy returns to Comicbookland as “Venom”

Looks good. Casting a top flight actor can help. Not a guy known for his light touch, but “Venom” won’t require much of that. This is the first teaser to the October release, co-starring Oscar winner Michelle Williams. Ruben Fleischer … Continue reading

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Movie Review — “Avengers: Infinity War” just seems infinitely long

Ordinary rules of drama don’t apply in the Marvel Universe, so expecting “Avengers: Infinity War” to build suspense, reach a climax and deliver some sort of conclusion is just…unreasonable. There is no closure with this Neverending Story, because if Disney … Continue reading

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Next Screening? “Avengers: Infinity War”

Yeah, the title is kind of nonsensical-agrammatical. “Infinite War?” “Finite War?” No. I call “INFINITY WAR.” The gang’s all here, and then some. The Marvels of Marvel, Avengers, Guardians, with Wakanda to the Wescue. “Captain America” sequels directors Anthony and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Chaotic “Kings” captures lives upturned or lost in the LA Riots

The LA Riots burst around the principals of “Kings.” Franco-Turkish director Deniz Gamze Ergüven paints this signal event in modern American history in quick, impressionistic strokes. The camera jumps and jerks from vandalism and arson to an embattled LAPD, literally circling … Continue reading

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Next Screening? Halle Berry tries to raise orphans in the middle of riots in “Kings”

Think of it as the Original Black Lives Matter moment. It happened 26 years ago, for crying out loud. Rodney King gets pummeled by cops, it’s caught on videotape, officers put on trial for beating the hell out of him, … Continue reading

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Preview, “American Animals” could be the heist thriller frat bros have been waiting for

As in, it’s about them. And “it really happened.” A library, a stupidly valuable book, four young guys trying to plan to steal it the way they do in the “Oceans 11” movies. Even Peters, Barry Keoghan, Jared Abrahamson, Blake … Continue reading

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Preview, “Crazy Rich Asians” are all about the money, honey…and love

So here’s the full trailer the upcoming movie based on the Kevin Kwan novel. Sort of a “Monster in Law” about Pacific Rim money, love and an emerging class of English speaking actors from that part of the world. People … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Jim Carrey goes Grim for “Dark Crimes”

Jim Carrey as an aged Polish police detective taking one last crack at the sex club murder case no one else could solve? We are…intrigued. This indifferent, exploitive mystery, filmed in 2015, is a Kafkaesque nightmare painted in the grim … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: “Quiet Place,” back on top, “I Feel Pretty” and “Troopers 2” do well, “Traffik” crashes

A Sunday surge by “Rampage” could move Dwayne Johnson’s joke of a sci-fi thriller into second place this weekend. But here’s the way things appear to be shaking out — The tense “A Quiet Place” in first with $21 million, … Continue reading

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