Monthly Archives: August 2018

Netflixable? Teen pregnancy in Argentina makes a girl “Invisible”

It’s a bit maddening, but I guess that’s how a movie about abortion should be — shout at the screen infuriating. “Invisible” is a patient, quiet drama about a pregnant teenager in a country where abortion is illegal, but the … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Desolation” gets lost in the woods, with a stalker

Just a little walk in the woods — Mother, son, Mom’s best friend. Summer, a like, a little peace and quiet. What could go wrong? You don’t know much about “Desolation” in the movies, do you? A grieving wife (Jaime … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Bruce and Grillo mull over a “Reprisal”

Cary Grant spent the last years of his box office stardom acting in ensemble pictures, top billed, but playing second banana to the likes of Tony Curtis, Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn. When it was time to take a backseat … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: “Crazy Rich” Gets Richer — $25 million second weekend, “Happytime” “A.X.L.” bomb

Last year this weekend, the last full weekend in August, represented an historic box office low with the top dozen titles drawing filmgoers at a rate not seen in decades. It’s always one of the weakest moviegoing weekends of the … Continue reading

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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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