Daily Archives: June 19, 2018

Documentary Review: “The King” saves Elvis from Himself, if Only for 100 minutes or So

Eugene Jarecki’s “The King” is a moving masterpiece of music, pop culture montage and Big American Metaphor. Yeah, it’s about Elvis and race and rock’n roll and America at the Trump Moment. And it’s packed with interviews, from Elvis friends … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Can this couple recapture the magic of “When We First Met?”

  Netflix has decided that what the romantic comedy genre needs is another “THIS time I get it RIGHT” fantasy farce, this one starring Adam Devine. “When We First Met” is built around a guy’s grief  over losing Ms. Right, … Continue reading

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How to fix “Star Wars?” More Jake Johnson, less Oscar Isaac

  As I was sitting down to check out a Netflix comedy (“Win it All”), largely on the strength of the fact that Jake Johnson was in it, I had an epiphany. Jake is, to me, hilarious, even in bad … Continue reading

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Preview, Kristen Bell bonds with daddy Kelsey Grammer…and Seth Rogen in “Like Father”

It’s a sentimental father-daughter comedy about being left at the altar and on a drunken whim, taking Dad on the honeymoon cruise you were going on and meeting Seth Rogen on board. Yeah, it’s a nightmare. Kelsey Grammer tries to … Continue reading

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Preview, “Daddy Issues,” a gay romantic drama — first look

This trailer is a reminder that you’re not under any obligation to give away ANY of the plot to your movie in the trailer for it. “Daddy Issues,” which premieres at LA’s OutFest, serves up impressionistic sketches of a love … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Even in Iceland, Police and Prosecutors Can Conjure up a Conviction “Out of Thin Air”

  “True crime” documentaries usually stick to a formula — depict the crime, then show the investigation and if there was a solution, how the investigation came out. But what if you’re not absolutely certain there was a crime? There … Continue reading

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