Monthly Archives: August 2018

Preview, “Hal” tells the story of the filmmaker who gave us “Being There,” “Shampoo” and the cult classic “Harold and Maude”

“The Last Detail,” “Shampoo,” “Coming Home,” “Bound for Glory,” “Harold and Maude” and being there — Hal Ashby was every bit as important to film in the ’70s as Scorsese and Allen, Altman and Coppola. He was, as those testifying … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Hidden Light”

A novel milieu and an understated turn by Jack Jovcic, playing a mobster turned priest, give the otherwise dour Australian drama “Hidden Light” a fighting chance. Writer-director Aaron Kamp set his story in the Serbian Orthodox community of Perth, Australia, … Continue reading

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Preview, “Cruise” parks Emily Ratajkowski with a Bad Boy car thief in a bad decade for cars — the ’80s — “Cruise”

So we’ve got this faux ’50s Italian-American greaser (Spencer Boldman) who swipes cars and car radios on 1980s Long Island, and this Jewish Girl Who Wants to be Bad (Emily Ratajkowski) who takes a tumble with him over the course … Continue reading

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Preview, Aubrey Plaza, Jemaine Clement and Craig Robinson go screwball in “An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn”

A Sundance farce that looks madcap, slapstick, surreal and Jemaine all at once. A guy known for screwball horror (“The Greasy Strangler”) is behind it, Emile Hirsch is also in it. Plaza’s reliably hilarious and should do nothing but make … Continue reading

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Weekend Movies: “Crazy Rich Asians” won’t get crazy rich, “Mile 22” may mark Wahlberg, “Alpha” won’t be top dog

The Wednesday opening of “Crazy Rich Asians” came in at $5 million, not the $6 million originally projected (Deadline.com has walked its numbers back).  Thursday night’s “Mile 22” money wasn’t all that. And “Alpha” was always going to be a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Thriller gets lost long before “Mile 22”

Forget “Alpha,” here’s the REAL “dog of August” at the movies — “Mile 22” — an antic, nonsensical and bloody B-movie amped up by Mark Wahlberg’s motor-mouthed character and the savage, sadistic martial arts stylings of  Iko Uwais. Wahlberg’s go-to director, … Continue reading

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Preview, Michael Caine remembers his career and “My Generation” in this new doc

It’s now on VOD and is almost certainly worth tracking down. A bit of Michael Caine autobiography (he narrates), a lot of Swinging London. I have a call in to Gravitas to see if I can get my hands on … Continue reading

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Preview, Danny McBride has a psychotic reaction to the bursting of the housing bubble in “Arizona”

Danny McBride does “out there” better than most anybody. Rosemarie DeWitt, David Allen Grier, Luke Wilson, and a murderous wack-job who isn’t that keen on the promises of realtors and the future that didn’t happen for him. Comedies don’t get … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: “Quiet Heroes” celebrates healthcare givers who battled AIDs in the middle of Mormon Country

As AIDS swept across America in the 1980s, the country and its many distinct subcultures were sorely tested in figuring out how to confront it. Confusion and misinformation, prejudice and superstition, genuine fear and revolting callousness all bubbled up during … Continue reading

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Next screening? “Mile 22”

A little mid-August action for your cinema going pleasure. Alas, STX chose not to screen “Mile 22,” a Mark Wahlberg/Peter Berg picture, for critics. Reviews are popping up today, and I’m catching it the first showing in the small town … Continue reading

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