Monthly Archives: December 2018

Preview, “Downton Abbey” is a big ol’tease

The House. The Abbey. Promises of all your favorite characters making the journey from Brit TV/PBS small screens to the big one. “Next year.” Really, if you’re not doing a prequel, then you simply MUST get this posh soap opera … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: “Spiderverse” to top $35, “Mule” might hit $18, “Mortal Engines” sputter and die

Took the girlfriend to a nearly sold-out small town Florida showing of “The Mule” Friday night. Warner Brothers didn’t put a lot of promotional money behind Clint Eastwood’s 40th film as a director. It wasn’t previewed in most of America. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Eastwood Dawdles, jokes and amuses as “The Mule”

Clint Eastwood pulls one last bait and switch with his latest — perhaps last — picture, “The Mule.”  From the tenor of the trailers and TV commercials, we gather that he’s directed and stars in a drug trade thriller — … Continue reading

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Preview, A convict seeks redemption from “The Mustang”

Mathias Schoenaerts stars, Connie Britton’s his shrink and Bruce Dern is the grizzled old horse handler with loads of folksy horse sense in this drama, produced by Robert Redford, about inmates looking to patch the holes in their souls by … Continue reading

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WEEKEND MOVIES: A not-necessarily-for-kids cartoon, “Into the Spiderverse,” is set to dominate, will “The Mule” pull its weight?

Good reviews or bad, “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse” was sure to own this weekend, as the comic book fanbase is seriously hyped up for this alternate version of the web slinger — which features any number of Spider Women, Spider … Continue reading

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Preview, Jamie Lee Curtis is a Threat to Tika Sumpter in “An Acceptable Loss”

A thriller with hints of an administration with a freewheeling view of American nuclear power, a fearmongering politician (Jamie Lee Curtis) who wants to use The Bomb and Tika Sumpter as the aide who helps her sell the threat they’re … Continue reading

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Preview, “Captive State”

A bit of science fiction satire aimed at the “state” of things as they are today — privacy, control, “monitoring,” etc. Vera Farmiga and John Goodman are the big names in the cast of “Captive State” — which is about … Continue reading

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The Screen Actors Guild Nominations are out

I’m going to limit this to SAG’s motion picture nominations. The TV stuff is so far removed from the Emmys (as are the Golden Globes’ TV nominations) as to not impact the “real” awards that come from this time of … Continue reading

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Movie Review: It’s Emily Blunt to the Rescue in “Mary Poppins Returns”

MPAA Rating:  PG for some mild thematic elements and brief action Cast: Emily Blunt, Lin Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury and Meryl Streep Credits: Directed by Rob Marshall, screenplay by David … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sally Field takes a look at her life “In Pieces”

Film fans long ago made up their minds about Sally Field. The woman spent the better part of 20 years living down her “You like me…right now you like me” Academy Award acceptance speech, a meme before we were using … Continue reading

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