Daily Archives: November 13, 2018

Next screening? “Instant Family”

It wouldn’t be the holidays without a mildly inappropriate Mark Wahlberg “family” comedy. And this year, there’s no Will Ferrell to cover for him. So Mark has to bring his manic A-game. “Instant Family” is about adoption, so a lot … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Up close and personal with an Israeli “Family in Transition”

Galit Tsuk prepares dinner as her youngest daughter looks on. And in the bathroom down the hall of their flat in the small Israeli coastal city of Nahariya, Amit Tsuk puts on jewelry and makeup. She brought their four children … Continue reading

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Preview, the second trailer to “Alita: Battle Angel”

It’s a fangirl/fanboy magnet based on a graphic novel/manga, just in time for Valentine’s day. So naturally the digital teen girl created for it has “big anime eyes.” Rose Salazar voice-acted (and motion captured?) the title role. With Oscar winners … Continue reading

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Preview, “Song of Back and Neck” puts Paul Lieberstein of “The Office” in back trouble and in love with Rosemarie DeWitt

“The Office” actor wasn’t a star on a series that produced several of them, but Paul Lieberstein is following in John Krasinski’s footsteps by writing, directed and starring in his own vehicle. “Song of Back and Neck” has Lieberstein playing … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Ansel Elgort is “Jonathan” in indie sci-fi tale of memory, vanity and two souls in the same skull

Ansel Elgort makes subtle work of Every Actor’s Dream, the chance to play two characters in the same movie, in “Jonathan.” It’s a downbeat and curious sci-fi drama about a young man whose identical twin wasn’t so much in the … Continue reading

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Preview, “Toy Story 4” runs into the Elephant in the Room — “Why?”

Love the music. Judy Collins singing  “Both Sides Now.” But this teaser doesn’t do anything to tease, really, the “Toy Story” movie that Disney-Pixar decided to made after the warm, dire, face-death-and-oblivion-itself send-off of “Toy Story 3.” Whatever you want … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Cuaron’s “Old (1970s) Mexico” comes back to life in “Roma”

The great Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón has made a long, sprawling and semi-autobiographical movie memoir for Netflix, filmed in black and white and titled “Roma” in homage to Federico Fellini, the Italian master of the personal, the wry and the … Continue reading

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