Daily Archives: August 24, 2018

Preview, “Mission: Impossible” villain Sean Harris dabbles in horror and plays “Possum”

He’s got a face made for horror films, the voice, too. This Brit thriller (They ‘ave no possums in Jolly Olde, guvnah!) looks perverse. “Possum” opens in the UK in time for Halloween. Alun Armstrong also stars.

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Next screening, Bruce Willis and Frank Grillo make it personal in “Reprisal”

The toughest action pic ever filmed in Cincinnati? VOD and limited theatrical next weekend.

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Preview, “Ben is Back” could be Oscar bait for Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges

Peter Hedges is that rare screenwriter and director whose movies are about character and emotion and family, old grievances and new hope, a sense of place. He scripted “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” based on his novel, and wrote and directed … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Inept crooks watch a heist go wrong in “Blue Iguana”

  Perhaps one has been too hasty when one has declared “Is there anything worse than Imitation Tarantino, than Guy Ritchie Lite?” Because when wild card and now Oscar-winner Sam Rockwell’s involved, and Simon Callow and a bevy of screwy … Continue reading

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Movie Review: It’s “High Noon” in Hungary in “1945”

  Two strangers dressed in black arrive by train at a small Hungarian town. It’s August, 1945, and this little corner of Hungary seems all but untouched by the World War that is just now winding up in the Pacific. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Here’s how they Screwed Up “Papillon”

  How do you film a movie about the infamous jungle prison colony of French Guiana in Serbia and Malta, which have no jungle? Badly and cheaply, it turns out. “Papillon” was a best selling if largely discredited autobiography of … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Faith-Based “Beautifully Broken” gets lost when it’s “Out of Africa”

Two men try to keep themselves and their families alive during the Rwandan Genocide and a rich Nashville businessman reaches out to his rape-victim daughter in “Beautifully Broken,” a not-inspirational-enough real-life drama directed by music video veteran Eric Welch.’ You … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “A.X.L.” bites

If you or your child ever shed a tear when yet another Roomba bit the dust, then “A.X.L.” may be the movie for you. A misguided kiddie action pic that combines motocross and a fetching, tail-wagging, howling robotic military dog … Continue reading

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