Daily Archives: June 15, 2019

Netflixable? Aniston, Sandler reteam to solve a “Murder Mystery”

“Murder Mystery” is a comedy as inventive as its name, as witty as Adam Sandler‘s mustache and a darned good use of Netflix’s billions. Send the Sandman and Jennifer Aniston to Monaco and Italy for a wacky riff on Agatha … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: The rewards of being “The Quiet One” in The Rolling Stones

It was a radio interview in the mid-1960s, and The Rolling Stones, in the blur of their first rush of fame were asked, “What was it like the first time you were ‘mobbed?’” We hear voices murmuring, and Mick Jagger … Continue reading

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Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

Franco Zeffirelli did the 1968 “hippy opera” “Romeo & Juliet,” shot in his native Italy, one of the more lavish Shakespeare adaptations to hit the screen. He was a lovely stylist who directed operas and lush operatic movies, the best … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: Disaster! “Men in Black” are in the red — permanently — “Shaft” gets the you-know-what

It’s been labeled “Sequelitis,” but the rot extends far beyond a glib description of what part of America’s most lucrative export has become — mass production mediocrity, lacking innovation, consumed with recycling what’s worked before. “Men in Black” was played … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Late Night” has a hint of “30 Rock Lite” about it

Mindy Kaling‘s “Late Night” is more woke than funny, but still an interesting not-quite-deep dive into the nuts and bolts of late night TV. It’s proof that if the Great Emma Thompson could not save “Men in Black: International,” she … Continue reading

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