Daily Archives: September 26, 2018

Netflixable? Manga teaches us to Root for the Reaper in “Bleach”

Think of “Bleach” as the Harry Potter of manga, the epic Japanese illustrated books (comics) that inspire many an anime outing. It’s a fantastical struggle between good and many faces of evil waged by teenagers who could hold second jobs … Continue reading

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Want to see “First Man” early? Here’s how!

  October 1, Universal is putting Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy’s Oscar hopes in front of the fans, as they host nationwide “preview” screenings of “First Man,” the Neil Armstrong/Apollo picture. Here’s where it is happening. No, I didn’t alphabetize … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Another emotionally crippled standup steps into the spotlight in “All About Nina”

Mary Elizabeth Winstead made a magnificent drunk in “Smashed,” so it should be no surprise that she kills as a stand-up comic in “All About Nina.”  Drunken/druggy, needy and emotionally-crippled comics are a cultural cliche, like critics “in it for … Continue reading

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Preview, will any of us survive “Anna and the Apocalypse?”

A zombie end-times musical? Already fanboy endorsed at South by Southwest and Fantastic Fest. But they’re soulless zombies themselves, on occasion. Lemmings, actually, and they do love them some hot starlets singing about zombies. So we’ll see about that. It … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Kevin Hart gets held back in “Night School”

Kevin Hart giveth and Kevin Hart taketh away in “Night School.” He never seems more generous than when he’s stepping back, taking on the Ice Cube role in “Ride Along,” reacting and playing the straight man for Tiffany Haddish and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Lizzie” Borden took an ax, and carried a torch in this new take on her life and crimes

Two striking things stand out about the meticulously realized 19th century in Craig William Macneill’s film, “Lizzie,” about the infamous Lizzie Borden ax murders in Fall River, Massachusetts. One is the surreal quiet that a world before telephones, electronic gadgets … Continue reading

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