Monthly Archives: March 2019

Preview, Gad Elmaleh has to explain to Seinfeld how he’s “Huge in France”

Netflix has this French comic comes to America comedy series, a couple of laughs in the trailer. Not sure how many episodes it merits (seems 80 minute feature length comedy material), but “Huge in France” streams April 12.  

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Preview, Lithgow and Danner look at “the wrong side of 60” in “The Tomorrow Man”

Between this and “Pet Sematary,” we’re getting a mini-John Lithgow Renaissance. Blythe Danner always works. A semi-crank survivalist, no doubt stocked up with Glenn Beck bullion, meets a woman broken by the past — grief. Looks lovely. But as “The … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A Dancer finds an Ashram the perfect place to hear “His Father’s Voice”

Come for the introduction to Bollywood, stay for the dancing. That’s the selling point of “His Father’s Voice,” a Westernized “Bollywood Lite” treatment of a middling musical melodrama in that distinct Indian style. “Voice” has the basic Bollywood elements — … Continue reading

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Dear IMDb, You need to do better than “IMDb FreeDive”

The idea is a clever one, and IMDb and Amazon.com aren’t the first to think of it. Put vintage titles that are no longer Netflix draws — films, TV shows etc. — and not exactly “classics” — available on a … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: “Dumbo” lifts off — barely, “Us” plunges, “Unplanned” opens at $6 million

Let’s open with this caveat. Deadline.com always always ALWAYS underestimates the performance of kids’ movies, based on their Thursday night-Friday box office take. Saturday is the make or break day for any cartoon or live action “family” flick, and Deadline … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A garbage man “on the spectrum” goes to “A Dark Place” hunting a murderer

It’s a summer AM in the middle of Pennsylvania Trump country, but Donnie is wearing his fur cap. “It’s my work hat,” he explains, shrugging off the odd attire question. His colleague in the garbage truck, Donna, is just grinding … Continue reading

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WEEKEND MOVIES: Will “Dumbo” fly or flop?

The tracking on Tim Burton’s live action remake of “Dumbo” has been all over the place. I have read numbers as low as the mid-20s and and high as $58 million for the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/Alice in Wonderland” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Convicts learn empathy from horses in “The Mustang”

Sometimes it takes a fresh set of eyes to see the harsh beauty in something that’s become commonplace, or at least over-familiar. Documentaries such as “The Wild Inside” and “The Wild Horse Redemption,” and endless TV news magazine feature stories … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Patel is Licensed to Kidnap as “The Wedding Guest”

Michael Winterbottom maintains his rep as Britain’s most peripatetic filmmaker with “The Wedding Guest,” a somewhat conventional kidnapping thriller that leans on some fairly predictable twists to take it from Point A to Point K. It’s another “road” picture, but … Continue reading

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Next Screening? Matthias Schoenaerts is the convict who learns empathy caring for “The Mustang”

It’s already opened in a few markets, but as we’re getting it in Orlando, Focus Features has set up a screening of it. “The Mustang” looks lovely, if pretty conventional.

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