Monthly Archives: June 2018

Movie Review: Jackie Chan is getting older, and “Bleeding Steel”

In the glorious early days of Jackie Chan’s career, the only films you saw him in were Hong Kong imports, not really intended for the Western marketplace. But the cognoscenti got their Chan on in these dubbed B-movies, memorable only … Continue reading

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Preview, Garner, Katie Holmes and Janney star in “A Happening of Monumental Proportions”

Super cool character actress Judy Greer (“The Descendants”) steps behind the camera for this school murder mystery comedy starring Jennifer Garner, Common, Keanu Reeves, John Cho and newly minted Oscar winner Allison Janney, Katie Holmes and Rob riggle among others. … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Margot Robbie, Ruth Wilson and Matthias Schoenaerts in “Suite Francaise”

It’s a common failing of films adapted from beloved books. The fervent desire to be “faithful” to the work leads to fear that you’ll leave something important out. The resulting film feels truncated, abridged. Time simply runs out. That’s the … Continue reading

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Preview, Steve Carell tries to “rescue” his son (Timothee Chalamet), his “Beautiful Boy”

Sometimes, even your most attentive parenting isn’t enough. “Beautiful Boy” is based on David Sheff’s memoir about “losing” his son to addiction, and trying to find him and get him back. As the memoir was co-written by that son, the … Continue reading

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Netflixable? MacLaine, Lange and Connolly sew a few “Wild Oats”

“Wild Oats” begins with a funeral. “So brave…”He’s in a better place.” “This is the nicest pot-luck wake I’ve ever been to.” “I’m sorry for your loss. And I just LOVE your house.” Eva (Shirley MacLaine) is burying her husband, … Continue reading

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Preview, Regina Hall tries to keep order in a (not) Hooters/Twisted Kilt in “Support the Girls”

She manages one of those “sports” bars whose real selling point is what the too-willing-to-be-objectified waitresses wear. And being a woman of optimism, faith and a sense of sisterhood, that’s not easy. Regina Hall stars in “Support the Girls,” a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Uncle Drew” can’t quite carry this crew

Cute and cuddly as a Shaq Bear, and about as competitive as the past couple of NBA seasons have been, “Uncle Drew” is a kid-friendly b-ball fantasy, “Space Jam” without the space or the Looney Tunes. It’s a feature-length comedy … Continue reading

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Next Screening: “Uncle Drew”

Here’s a little homework, all the Pepsi commercials that feature a certain age-disguised NBA star owning lesser mortals on the playground b-ball courts of America. Let’s keep expectations for this low, and hope for the best. When the most experienced … Continue reading

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Movie Review: So is “Gotti” as Bad as Everybody Says?

John Travolta began his latest “comeback” with TV’s “American Crime Story,” playing the canny, dapper, eventually out-of-the-loop defense attorney Robert Shapiro in the O.J. Simpson trial. He was too tall for the part, but he brought pride, vanity and vulnerability … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Gay or straight, or both,”To Each, Her Own”

“To Each, Her Own” is a French romantic comedy about a long-together look-alike lesbian couple, one of whom still hasn’t come out to her observant Jewish family. Simone (Sarah Stern) may celebrate her anniversary with Claire (Julia Piaton) at a lively, … Continue reading

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