Daily Archives: June 5, 2019

Movie Review: Baldwin finally plays somebody other than Trump in “Framing John DeLorean”

The life of John DeLorean would make a helluva movie. That’s a thesis that opens and closes “Framing John DeLorean,” a new genre-bending docu-drama about the creator of the car immortalized in “Back to the Future.” There were screenplays floating … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Cultures clash in the mild mannered way in “Papi Chulo”

  “Papi Chulo” doesn’t start with much promise. The idea of a wealthy gay Angelino bonding with a Latino laborer he hires to do some painting for him feels cloying, and the situations that spin out of that are generally … Continue reading

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Preview, Brad Pitt goes interstellar in “Ad Astra”

Sci fi from the director of “The Lost City of Z,” due out Sept. 20. It’s a pre Disney purchase Fox film, so the there’s that working against it. The Mouse makes dogs, too. Not like Fox has. We are … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” kid-friendlier than ever

“The Secret Life of Pets 2” offers up more giddy giggles for the little kiddies, a dog-wise/cat-savvy comedy that aims squarely at the youngest common denominator — and scores. Parents? Maybe you’ll laugh at the grumpy, seen-it-all shepherd voiced by … Continue reading

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The funniest mistake in “Dark Phoenix” is musical

Jean Grey is in the car with her parents. It’s 1975, a screen title tells us. She’s telepathically bickering over what plays on the car radio. Glen Campbell, or this other song. Because Jean, even at that tender age, can … Continue reading

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Preview, Scorsese’s “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story” coming to Netflix

Scorsese is Bob Dylan’s definitive screen biographer. Remember his 2005 “No Direction Home” PBS “American Masters” on the man/the legend? The only epic tours worth remembering were “disasters,” ruinously expensive, epic in intent, unforgettable to those who saw them. Prince’s … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Dark Phoenix” gives the X Men (and women) a curtain call

So much offscreen baggage hangs over “Dark Phoenix” that it’s hard to address the movie on its own what’s-on-the-screen terms. It’s a winding up of the “X Men: First Class” saga, the prequels that brought James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Alexandra … Continue reading

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