Daily Archives: October 14, 2018

Movie Review — Brace yourselves for half the laughs and half the frights in “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween”

  Silly me. From the advertising, I’d assumed Jack Black was AWOL from the “Goosebumps” sequel, and missing his ironic turn as kid’s horror novelist R.L. Stine meant that Columbia wasn’t putting a lot of effort into this sequel to the delightful … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Clunky “Kinky” lost its sexual nerve before the cameras rolled

  Bad acting by pretty people, chilly sex scenes acted out in mail order S&M wear, laughable dialogue and money money everywhere. What is this, “Fifty Shades of Ebony?” That’s exactly what “Kinky” is. Flip the gender of the “I … Continue reading

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Movie Review: On the lam, hitting roadside attractions along the way in “Better Start Running”

In the movies, the path to “slow” is a precarious one. Such roles can be awards bait, but in these more enlightened times, playing a character described as such is walking a minefield between cute and insensitive, patronizing and simply … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: “Venom” sucks up $35, “Goosebumps 2” may edge “First Man” — “El Royale” bombs

The earliest looks at this weekend’s box office race had “Venom” falling off 65% or more from its breathless $80 million+ opening, and hitting the $30 million mark on its second weekend. Lady Gaga fans had a shot at unseating … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: HBO film dissects “The Price of Everything” as pertains to art collecting

The tulip mania of the modern art market gets a pretty thorough going over in “The Price of Everything.” Nathaniel Kahn’s collected interviews with artists, hype-driven dealers, well-heeled collectors and art historians and visits to Sotheby’s and the Frieze Art … Continue reading

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