Monthly Archives: July 2018

Preview, Felicity Jones becomes the Notorious “RBG” in “On the Basis of Sex”

A Christmas present for fans of Ms. Jones and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a bio-drama about what made her reputation long before she became the most beloved Supreme Court Justice by the left. Oscar bait? One can only hope.   Advertisements

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Netflixable? “Deidra & Laney Rob a Train”

Desperation, as a general rule, makes for good comedy. For a “caper comedy,” it’s an absolute pre-requisite. “Deidra & Laney Rob a Train” is fraught with desperation, real and comic. Deidra (Ashleigh Murray of TV’s “Riverdale”) has it. She’s pretty … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Gay bachelorette comedy “The Feels” ought to be funnier

It’s the first or second thing they teach you in all the better “How to Script a Romantic Comedy in Nine Lessons” online courses. Find an excuse to throw a bunch of sexually active folks together, find a cool location, … Continue reading

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Preview, Elle Fanning is menaced by Ben Foster in “Galveston”

Melanie Laurent’s new film opens in France before the U.S (Oct 10), but with this cast, we’ll see “Galveston,” based on a Nic Pizzolatto novel, in limited release shortly. Brush up on your French with this English language with French … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Kelly Macdonald is charmed by Irrfan Khan in “Puzzle”

“Puzzle” is a lightly charming New York variation on “The Lunchbox,” another aching tale of romantic longing and disappointment about a lonely married woman who tumbles for the soulful charms of Irrfan Khan. This time, Kelly Macdonald is the housewife trapped … Continue reading

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Preview, “Lord, what fools these Hollywood folk be,” a new indie “Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Rachel Leigh Cook, {Paz de la Huerta, Hamish Linklater and Finn Wittrock are the big names  — OK, not quite big — attached to this latest cinema stab at Shakespeare. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” isn’t my favorite of the plays, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Gemma discovers housewife ennui is still a thing in “The Escape”

Even filmgoers too young to remember the ’70s are likely to find “The Escape” dated — almost quaint. A well-acted, intimate drama about a housewife’s depression over the limited life she’s leading, it harks back to the Decade When Hollywood … Continue reading

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Preview, Emma Roberts and Hayden Christensen replay “Romeo and Juliet” in “Little Italy”

Emma Roberts has had an interesting time of it, trading on her aunt and uncle’s name, crashing and burning at the end of her youth role years (she was going to take time off for college, but hated the hard … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: Vampire cartoon sucks and soars, “Skyscraper” crashes, “Ant-Man” shrinks

Rock “The Dwayne” Johnson’s run of box office blockbusters comes to an end this weekend. And you can thank “Rampage” for that. Surely some of the residual “We shelled out $16 a ticket for THIS?” hangover from that mad monkey … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Penalty Kick” a soccer comedy from Mexico that

Mariano lives and breathes futbol, especially as it pertains to the Mexican national team/ He nervously drinks shots with friends and relatives, bickers over whether they are “traitors” for not rooting hard enough and trash talks one and all when … Continue reading

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