Daily Archives: September 19, 2018

Preview, Coogan & Reilly, “Stan & Ollie”

Good casting. Not perfect, but good. A David Hyde Pierce/Oliver Platt (or John Goodman) pairing 20 years ago might have been more on the nose. Does the world remember Laurel and Hardy? Aside from film buffs?’ Because this one looks … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Stephanie” can’t keep her secret

    “Stephanie” begins as a supernatural mystery, flirts with “Quiet Ones” thrills and fizzles into the sentimental, enervated horror that is exactly what we expected — only more boring — in those opening scenes. The fact that it barely … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Not even a life without pain is “Painless”

“Painless” is a thoughtful, lightly-affecting drama about a lonely man’s search for feeling in a life without pain. It has an affecting gimmick, but lives on its engaging performances, good actors playing lived-in, flawed and realistic characters. It’s a breakthrough … Continue reading

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Preview, space mining gets Old West ornery in “Prospect”

Space is lived-in, worn, not polished and pristine in “Prospect” — more “Outland” and “Alien” and “The Martian” than the Apple Store design showpieces in shades of white that are Hollywood’s preferred way of transporting humans through the void. And … Continue reading

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Preview, “The Super” takes over a haunted apartment building from Val Kilmer

I just reviewed this movie on Netflix, right? “Nightworld” it was called — ex cop takes job as night watchman in a haunted apartment building. Oh, right. In “The Super” the guy (Patrick John Flueger) is…a SUPER. The frights appear … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Where Hands Touch”

Yes, there were black people in Nazi Germany. So “Where Hands Touch” is a World War II drama on solid ground, historically. And the film does not trivialize or otherwise dilute The Holocaust in remembering that along with six million … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Roth never figures out “The House with a Clock in Its Walls”

Some myths die harder than others. But the self-sustaining hype of horror mogul Eli Roth was never much more than smoke and torture porn mirrors. Removed from that hype and outside of his narrow genre, as “Death Wish” made clear and … Continue reading

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