Daily Archives: September 14, 2018

Preview, An Autistic Chinese girl, a clown fish and the “Big Blue Sea”

This is intriguing — a little adventure, a bit of danger, some special gifts and a hint of, as the trailer puts it, “whimsy.” “Big Blue Sea” opens in Hong Kong in January. Maybe it’ll get US distribution, maybe Netflix … Continue reading

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Preview, “Maria by Callas” gets documentary close to the Diva’s Diva

Took opera world by storm, loved Onassis before he married Jackie, embraced in a heartbeat by the early adapters (check out who swoons over her in ticket lines), interviewed for TV for decades, this Tom Volf film, opening in November, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Horror arrives in an RV in “The ToyBox”

    It lacks the familiar logo — the giant stylized “W” on its distinctly-angled slab sides. But there’s no mistaking the metal box on wheels that flashes its lights at a passing kid, then flings open a door to … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “The Land of Steady Habits”

Praise the Lord, Netflix has gotten into the Nicole Holofcener business! One of the cinema’s most independent, distinctly quirky, distinctly feminine voices should be right at home on the streaming network, where fans will have time to find her work … Continue reading

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Weekend Movies: Will bad reviews and bad press keep “Predator” from $30 million?

You’ve heard what Olivia Munn did — call out Shane Black, who thought he’d help out a convicted sex felon pal by sneaking him into a bit part in his smart-mouthed reboot of “The Predator” franchise. The perv’s scene was … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Original “One Percenters” hit the highway on their hogs in “American Dresser”

The Old Guys Ride genre of “road picture” isn’t a new thing. And “American Dresser” adds nothing new to the font of knowledge that, say, “Wild Hogs” fertilized. A soapy, tame and dramatically-thin cross country odyssey, it’s “Last Flag Flying” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: An English judge second guesses her power in “The Children Act”

It’s become old hat to refer to any Emma Thompson performance these days as a crowning achievement in her screen career. But if Helen Mirren was born to play “The Queen,” she simply had to age into the part, the … Continue reading

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