Daily Archives: October 4, 2018

Documentary Review: A driver’s Indy Car season lets us see he is a “Born Racer”

It’s the teamwork that steps to the fore in “Born Racer,” an Indy Car racing documentary built around the 2017 season of New Zealander Scott Dixon. Dixon has had an international racing license since he was 13, and home movies … Continue reading

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Netflixable? A ghost story, Indonesian style — “The 3rd Eye” (“Mata Batin”)

The Indonesian thriller “The 3rd Eye” (“Mata Batin“) is a ghost story built on the premise that once you can see them, they see you. And come after you. It’s a culture-clash viewing experience, from the language (some English, mostly … Continue reading

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Weekend Movies: “Venom” sucks, and why so much love for “A Star Is Born?”

I’ve been puzzled about all this buzz and gushing over “A Star is Born.” I had high, not unreasonably so, hopes for it. And I went with it for a bit. But the abrupt, unmotivated actions of the principals, jerky … Continue reading

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Preview, Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in “Vice?” Uncanny!

The director of “The Big Short” rounded up Sam Rockwell to play “W.,” Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld and Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney (Allison Pill is Mary Cheney) for this Dec. 21 dramedy about the “Real” president during the … Continue reading

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Preview “The Intouchables” becomes a Kevin Hart/Bryan Cranston comedy, “The Upside”

Did you see the French film “Les Intouchables /The Intouchables” a few years back? No? No worries. Netflix will almost certainly reload it for streaming before this STX remake comes out. Kevin Hart is a long-unemployed punk (probably not, but … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Tom Hardy can’t suck out the poison of “Venom”

So I guess we know now why Sony keeps rebooting and remaking “Spider-Man” movies. They hadn’t a clue how to film “Venom,” the alien antithesis of “your friendly neighborhood” web slinger. I mean, we all love Tom Hardy, but he … Continue reading

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