Monthly Archives: July 2018

Preview, Kiwi laughs come fast and furious in “The Breaker Upperers”

It’s such an obvious concept that you feel you’ve seen an “SNL” sketch or two on the subject. Maybe a Matthew McConaughey/Kate Hudson comedy about it. Professionals who consult with you about a relationship you want to end, and then … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “44 Pages” plays like a mission statement for “Highlights” magazine

Soft as a plush toy and as edgy as the advertorial for “Highlights for Children” magazine it for all intents and purposes is, “44 Pages” captures the venerable children’s magazine as it prepares to put out its 70th anniversary issue … Continue reading

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“Papillon” then, “Papillon” now

Watching the old “Papillon” as a way of prepping for the new “Papillon” — Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman in a Franklin “Patton” Schaffner film then, an epic that has improved with age. Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malik in a … Continue reading

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Preview, “How to Talk to Girls” tells teens how to pretend #MeToo Never Happened

Yay, another teen comedy about nerdy boys who try to find an angle to “get girls” in high school. Because the Weinstein/Trump/Moonves/Franco model, get rich or be born rich and make yourself famous so that you have “power” over them … Continue reading

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Preview, “Bad Reputation” celebrates the struggle, the hair, the legend that is Joan Jett

Yeah, she’s like the fifth most famous cover artist in the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame. But she formed The Runaways, and when the Cherry Bomb went off and the smoke cleared, built a solid solo career on…covers. Yeah, Joe … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “BLACKkKLANSMAN” is vintage Spike Lee — a stinging sermon with a touch of hilarious

“BlackKklansman” is the funniest Spike Lee movie in decades, a film of such wit, tension, passion and relevance that it is his most important work since “Malcolm X.” This mostly-true story of a grim but ironic undercover sting of the … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” sets franchise record, “Mamma” edges “Equalizer” this time, “Titans” tank

A big Thursday and huge Friday have set “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” on a path to clear $60 million on its opening weekend, perhaps going as high as $63 million. Deadline.com is reporting that the $6 million Thursday night opening … Continue reading

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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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