Daily Archives: October 30, 2018

Next Screening? “Nutcracker and the Four Realms”

There’s an embargo on this film, a review that won’t see the light of day until All Hallow’s Eve. Disney landed Keira Knightley, and Keira 2.0, aka young Mackenzie Foy, along with Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman. It opens Thursday … Continue reading

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Netflixable? The Coens Go West — again — “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

  Long before the Coen Brothers saddled up with “True Grit,” they showed a penchant for florid, archaic English, the speech of the characters of Western writer Charles Portis.  Think of “Raising Arizona” — “Edwina’s insides were a rocky place … Continue reading

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Next Screening? The Coen Brothers Make a Netflix Western, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

The casual fan probably doesn’t notice that roughly the output of the Joel and Ethan Coen Filmworks ltd. is either a misfire or utterly unwatchable. Great films, Oscar winners, mixed in with “A Serious Man” and “Hudsucker Proxy” and “Burn … Continue reading

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Preview, Pooch needs to find “A Dog’s Way Home”

It’s a January release, so expectations are low. The money in this trailer seems to have gone for music clearances and a digital mountain lion. Bryce Dallas Howard voices Bella, the lost dog, with Ashley Judd, Wes Studi and Edward … Continue reading

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Preview, Nicolas Cage helps bring the wrong woman “Back” in “Between Worlds”

To Nic Cage fans — and we know who we are even if we’re proud of it — every movie is worth a “Nic Cage is BACK” headline. You know, like 50 years of Rolling Stone/Dylan covers. Like a lot … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Melissa Makes Oscar noise in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Melissa McCarthy unleashes her inner misanthrope in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and we may never look at her the same way again. Sure, the sad, lonely and foul-mouthed persona she’s cultivated in a few too many films is a … Continue reading

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