Daily Archives: November 7, 2018

Next Screening? “Widows”

I’ve been looking forward to this one for much of the year — Viola Davis in an action pic, and Ms. “Girlfight” Michelle Rodriguez, in a role worthy of her talents and not billed behind the cars. Steve McQueen’s “Widows” … Continue reading

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Preview, Travolta plays a real-life boat racer/drug runner in “Speed Kills”

Little late posting this Florida-centric trailer. John Travolta seems a little long in the tooth to be tackling the role of Ben Aronoff, offshore cigarette boat racing champ, boat builder and supplier of the craft that got the coke into … Continue reading

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Preview, “The Secret Life of Pets 2”

Illumination is doing character-specific trailers for this sequel, and the one for Max, for instance, features a trip to the vet. Coupla chuckles. Next summer, we’ll see if there are more.  

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Preview, Vanessa Hudgens takes a step backward with “The Princess Switch” for Netflix.

Look at this wish-fulfillment holiday comedy trailer and tell me this doesn’t look like something Hudgens would have made six years ago.

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Movie Review: “The New Romantic” checks in on what Gen-whatever thinks about love

Maybe every generation puts its unique stamp on “the romantic comedy,” but odds are that each new posse just figures out what Jane Austen knew 200 years ago. Thus, “The New Romantic,” a thin collegiate romance hung on the “sugar … Continue reading

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Movie Review: One more Christmas is stolen by “The Grinch”

I wish to Blitzen Universal would leave “The Grinch” alone. The 1966 TV special was compact perfection, a minor masterpiece to remember legendary animation director Chuck Jones by. You’re never going to improve on having Boris Karloff as your kindly-spooky-sweet … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Is “Suspiria” worth the bother?

The safest way to review the new “Suspiria” is to remember the old “Suspiria” (1977) and bow out with an “It’s not really my thing.” Cryptic, creepy, sexually asexual, gory and grotesque, it’s Reason One to back away — carefully, … Continue reading

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