Monthly Archives: November 2018

Documentary Review: HBO’s “The Truth About Killer Robots”

The future we feared is already here in Maxim Pozdorovkin‘s “The Truth About Killer Robots,” an HBO documentary that could have been labeled “science fiction” just a couple of years ago. The director of “Our New President” and “Pussy Riot: … Continue reading

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Preview, Gerard Butler wrestles with a Gaelic Mystery, “The Vanishing”

Shot in Scotland, co-starring Peter Mullen, “The Vanishing” is based on “The Flannan Isle Mystery,” a real event involving lighthouse keepers who went missing at the beginning of the 20th century. This January release has a hint of “Picnic at … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Creed II,” Originality Zero?

“You can feel the excitement in this arena tonight,” the boxing broadcaster Jim Lampley lies in introducing the climactic fight finale of “Creed II.” And because that’s not enough, he launches into “It feels Shakespearean.” And while one is sure … Continue reading

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Next Screening? “Creed II”

I liked — but failed to love, adore, embrace or foolishly trumpet “Creed” as “an Oscar contender.” Might be why I’m only getting a screening of “Creed II” the night before it opens. So that put me in the minority … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Rosamund Pike’s a correspondent fighting “A Private War”

It is a crying shame that more people aren’t showing up in theaters to catch “A Private War.” This film biography of “legend in her own time” war correspondent Marie Colvin is built on an awards-worthy performance by Rosamund Pike, … Continue reading

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Next Screening? “A Private War”

I don’t think Aviron, the distributor, previewed this one in my market. If they did, my invitation was lost on the Interwebs. Ahem. You know where to find me, kids. But as I already reviewed the “homework” documentary on the … Continue reading

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Preview; “Once Upon a Deadpool?”

OK, cute commercial/promo for a return engagement/kid-friendly (ISH) re-release of “Deadpool 2.” I, for one, am NOT tired of these cute jokey Ryan Reynolds in his costume and in his smart-arsed element adverts for his movies. Not yet, anyway. Limited … Continue reading

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Preview, “#FollowMe” because every horror movie ought to be about social media peril these days

The trailer to this latest “The Internet will get you KILLED” thriller doesn’t really sell it for me. But the set-up is promising — British PYTs with a Youtuber in their ranks tour California and disappear, because #followme invited the … Continue reading

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Preview, “The Informer”

Not to be confused with the John Ford Irish “troubles” classic of the 1930s, which is about an Irishman torn by guilt, haunted and then hunted for ratting out the IRA for “Trip to America” cash. In this “Informer,” Joel … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: “Beasts/Grindelwald” underperforms, “Instant Family” rubs out “Widows”

Two things one sees in the way the weekend take of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is being spun. Warner Brothers got Deadline.com and Box Office Mojo to play up the “Huge opening, worldwide.” It opened day and date … Continue reading

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