Daily Archives: September 25, 2018

Preview, Danny Trejo and Lou Diamond Phillips are bit players in “Big Kill”

Great to see Danny T get  a Western. Always good to see Lou Diamond Phillips and Jason Patric on the screen. The actual “stars,” including director Scott Martin, are younger and far less known. Christoph Sanders has TV’s “Last Man … Continue reading

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Preview, “55 Steps”

“55 Steps” almost certainly started life with “Oscar bait” in its pitch. Getting a digital release ahead of theatrical kind of tosses that out the window. Helena Bonham Carter as “we’ve never seen her for,” a mental patient whose test … Continue reading

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Next Screening? “Night School”

Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish co-star in this comedy, and with the way audiences treat comics as if they have expiration dates, there’s no telling how well this will do, even if it’s great. And the trailers aren’t selling that, … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Roxanne Roxanne” wrote the book on “Love & Hip Hop”

The desperation is palpable, the pitfalls predictable and the road rough in “Roxanne Roxanne,” one rapper’s rise during the early years of New York hip hop. Michael Larnell’s flinty and uplifting film of the early days of Lolita “Roxanne Shanté” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Chasing the Blues” back to the “Crossroads”

with With all the emphasis we put on “plot” in the movies, novelty in the setting, situations and obsessions of the characters, it’s a shame when a comedy comes along that can’t make the most of a good one. Record … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: A most political artist has the last word in “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.”

Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, the Brit-Sri Lankan rapper, designer and filmmaker known M.I.A., is even more fascinating as a person than she is as an artist. Daughter of a leader of the Tamil Tigers, an ethnic Sri Lankan minority that started a civil … Continue reading

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