Daily Archives: May 7, 2019

Next screening? “Tolkien” before he became “J.R.R.”

The Brits beat up on this picture when it opened in Jolly Olde. But I’m still fascinated by “origin stories” from the real world of arts, letters and film. Maybe the Limey tossers got it wrong. We’ll see.

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Will we ever see another “Avatar?”

Disney buys Fox, projects get dropped and “Avatar 2” gets pushed back. Again. Is the Mouse having serious misgivings, or is James Cameron just losing interest and hoping they’ll forget it?;Little of both? Maybe Disney is waiting for comic book … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Zhang Yimou returns to China’s bloody, mythic past with “Shadow”

Only Zhang Yimou would have the guts to bring an umbrella to a sword fight. One of the great stylists of Chinese cinema returns to the past and returns to something like his form with “Shadow,” a by turns austere, … Continue reading

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Preview: A family travels back to China with a dying grandmother for “The Farewell”

Here’s a sentimental family dramedy about a dying woman and the family that lies to her about it and takes her back to China to visit relatives one last time, hopefully without her figuring out the purpose of the trip. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Future is bleak, the end is nigh in Swedish sci-fi “Aniara”

Cerebral science fiction is almost by definition pessimistic. For all that we can speculate and imagine and conceive as within the realm of the possible, that nagging knowledge of human nature, almost unshakeable if not immutable, casts a shadow over … Continue reading

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Next Screening? Swedish sci-fi in disaster movie form, “Aniara”

This is how the future looks — ScanDesigned, Strindberg-dark and bleak. Oh yeah. “Aniara” opens next week.

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Movie Review: Can Ryan Reynolds make “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” worth watching?

The key to Pokémon, we’re told in “Pokémon Detective Pikachu?” “You have to be open to the experience.” So say this about the live-action-plus-the-voice-of-Ryan Reynolds take on the game, the characters, the “universe.” This “Pokémon” does a better job of … Continue reading

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