Daily Archives: July 27, 2018

A theme song that gets better with age? The action jazz of Lalo Schifrin, “Mission: Impossible”

Every time we hear it, it sets the pulse-pounding. A Latin beat, timpanis and tambalas, brass and sax, pinning us in our seats and pulling us in. Directors and villains may change, Tom Cruise may age, but Lalo Schifrin’s propelling score … Continue reading

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WEEKEND Movies: Raves for “Mission: Impossible,” but what’s behind all this love for “Teen Titans Go!,” eh?

One of the best “Mission: Impossible” movies opened Thursday night, one more shot at killing Tom Cruise — 57, and still doing many of his own stunts? DAMN! — and big things are expected by Paramount’s accountants. It earned $6 … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Extinction” asks the sci-fi question, “Apocalypse Again?”

  Peter is having nightmares — unexplained air attacks on his corner of futurecity, bloody beatings delivered to some unseen threat. His children are worried. His wife? “Please see someone!” His boss, David? “There’s this clinic…” But these dreams, maybe … Continue reading

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Preview, “I Am Paul Walker” documentary tells the tale of the James Dean of the “Fast/Furious” Generation

Here’s what we know about Paul Walker — he liked to call people “Bro.” A handsome blue eyed blond, he starred in several films of note before the “franchise” that would make him, than found himself eclipsed in that franchise … Continue reading

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Preview: “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”

Disney ridiculing Disney is both product placement for Disney princesses, and a Dreamworks-level burn delivered from in house. Looks OK, but can “Wreck-it Ralph 2” match the dizzy fun of the original?  

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Netflixable? Jena Malone vanishes and leaves her beau plumbing the “Bottom of the World”

You name your daughter Scarlet, you’re just asking for drama. You take a road trip with a woman named Scarlet, through the desert Southwest to LA, colorful off-the-interstate hotels and empty roadhouses, you’re asking for weirdness. Like her getting sick, getting rattled … Continue reading

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Preview, Rupert Everett makes the film he was born to make, playing the role he was born to play — Oscar Wilde, “The Happy Prince”

Great to see Oscar winner Colin Firth show up and make Everett’s Oscar Wilde bio-pic something people would finance. Everett doesn’t get the dazzling parts anymore, he’s aged out of being the boyishly handsome delight he was back in the … Continue reading

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