Monthly Archives: February 2019

Preview: Harrison Ford brings grumpiness to “Secret Life of Pets 2”

OK, Harry Ford lands a laugh. Whatever else “Secret Life of Pets 2” (June 7) has going for it, it’s got gruff and grumpy Harrison Ford as the top of the barnyard dog.

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Movie Review: “Greta” seems ever so sweet, ever so French and scary?

Silly Chloe Grace Moretz. Did you never see the French drama, “The Piano Teacher?” Scared of movies with subtitles? If you had, you’d have dashed for the door the MOMENT Isabelle Huppert sat at the keyboard and launched into Liszt’s … Continue reading

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Next Screening? Let’s go see if “Greta” gets it done, shall we?

A thriller about a college-age kid (Chloe Grace Moretz) who falls under the gaze of a French lady stalker (Isabelle Huppert). Maika Monroe plays the best friend, and we ALL know what happens to best friends in thrillers — they … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Marines in action, unfiltered in “Combat Obscura”

It always looks so neat, clean — pristine even — in combat movies or in TV news coverage. The grainy video shows the guided bomb or missile hurtling straight into its target — a direct hit. The commandos charge into … Continue reading

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Movie Review — “How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World”

The production design is impressive and the animation manages to put clearly visible peach fuzz on the hero’s CGI face. And director and screenwriter De DeBlois aims for the heartstrings with a finale that ties up the whole “How to … Continue reading

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Next Screening? “How to Train Your Dragon 3”

Are you pumped? I know I am.

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Dear George Clooney — “Catch-22” is funny, or is supposed to be

Joseph Heller’s cynical/comical anti-war war novel was one of my favorite books as a teen. Another was “Papillon,” just so’s you know where I’m going with this. This trailer to the Hulu mini-series by George Clooney gets the darkness right, … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: The gloves are golden in the “Cradle of Champions”

Showtime slick and boxing picture predictable, “Cradle of Champions” is about the New York epicenter of Golden Gloves boxing. Journalist/director Bartle Bull picked three veterans of the annual Daily News charity event and followed them on their march towards amateur … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Alabama teens “Wrestle” their way to adulthood in this winning documentary

    There’s a rigid formula for coming-of-age documentaries. Pick a group of disadvantaged schoolkids — dancers or mathematicians, athletes or children just desperate to be selected for the top magnet school in the region, ensuring that college is in … Continue reading

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Next Screening: Marines as we’ve never seen them, “raw,” in “Combat Obscura”

An official Marine Corps videographer shot “Combat Obscura,” a documentary of training, combat and down time footage so raw it’s “The Movie The Marine Corps doesn’t want you to see.” It’s due out in March from the reliably edgy Oscilloscope … Continue reading

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