Monthly Archives: August 2018

Next Screening, the last movie of the summer, “The Little Strangers”

An ever-so-English ghost story starring the omnipresent Domnhall Gleeson and the always scary Ruth Wilson, opening Friday, only previewing last night in some cities and this AM in mine. Horror films that hit tend to not be period pieces, brand … Continue reading

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Movie Pitch: Chinese Money, Sino-American story? “Flying Tigers”

If there’s one thing August of 2018 has underscored, it’s the growing position of Chinese money and in film production and the impact the Chinese market international and Asian-American audience at home. Everything from “The Meg” to “Crazy Rich Asians,” … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Take the 10,” wait for the laughs

“Stoner comedies” is one of those genre niches Netflix has been throwing money and titles at ever since the streaming service — which has price-hiked its way out of the skyrocketing subscriber growth that finances such whims — began making … Continue reading

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Documentary Review — “Susanne Bartsch: On Top”

It’s entirely possible to have lived a life outside of New York, removed from the world of avant garde fashion, drag queen Vogue-ing and “club life” and to have never heard of Susanne Bartsch. But “Susanne Bartsch: On Top” posits … Continue reading

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Preview, “Tea with the Dames” lets the Grandes Dames of British Film Cut Up

This trailer had me at that moment when Dame Judi Dench, asked about “getting old,” tells the director, who also did “Notting Hill,” “Oh f— off, Roger.” Then there’s Dame Maggie smith, who hasn’t come off as “the youngest” in … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Wander a warehouse, find a secret weapon, protect your “Kin” with it

“Kin” is the sort of colossal miscalculation that makes you wonder who got fired for making it. Not the Baker Brothers, Jonathan and Josh, whose short film “Bag Man” SOMEbody at Summit/Lionsgate decided would make a swell feature. It’s that … Continue reading

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Next screening? “Kin,” the next to last movie of August

So here it is, the Labor Day Weekend end of one the weakest movie-releasing/movie-going month of the year. And for the same reason one buys  lottery tickets, we cling to hope for “Kin,” Lionsgate’s young boy with an alien gun … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Silencer” hunts guys who don’t know when to shut up

  As “Silencer,” a new sniper/contract killer thriller starring Johnny Messner, is the worst movie we’ve seen the always-busy big screen bad guy Danny Trejo (“Machete”) take on in ages, lets see if we can parse why he decided to … Continue reading

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Preview, “Love, Gilda” is coming, and sooner than you think

I meant to post this a few weeks ago but one thing after another interrupted my carefully laid plans. She was one of the most dazzling performers ever to hit “Saturday Night Live,” as versatile as Kate McKinnon, as malleable … Continue reading

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Preview, It’s Korean-America’s turn at cineplex comedy in “White Rabbit”

Vivian Bang is the star of this Sundance darling about performance artists, and performers, just trying to get by in the “task rabbit” gig economy as the country spirals down the toilet. No release date yet, but Gravitas has it … Continue reading

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