Monthly Archives: July 2019

Preview, “Queen & Slim” shows a date that turns into a police stop — then a manhunt (and woman) hunt

This has the feel of a “Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry” on-the-lam hunted by cops tale with a powerful racial profiling component. “The Hate U Give” as a road picture, “Thelma & Louise” with an African American couple. And yes, it … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: “Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy of a Terrorist” on HBO

We met him on the evening news, or if we were particularly unlucky, on the Internet. A hooded terrorist with a dispassionate London accent, and a very long knife — introducing hostages to the world, getting out his ISIS message. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Perception”

“Perception” is a supernatural mystery/thriller that plays it too safe for its own good. Mild-mannered, slow of foot and a picture that keeps the stakes low even as its trying to raise them, it all but invites brainstormed suggestions of … Continue reading

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“It” has been recut and is coming back to theaters

There is no “final draft” of films any more. Let’s back engineer it to make it go with the sequel we’re releasing. Chapter One will now slot into and set up Chapter Two. https://t.co/f7mA7GXhbW https://twitter.com/EW/status/1156606163095629825?s=17

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Movie Review: Not as fast, just as furious — and funny — “Hobbs & Shaw”

“Hobbs & Shaw” is an action comedy that pulls out ALL the stops. And then some. It flollops along, cheerfully riding on the sparkling chemistry between its leads, a well-cast villain who is the epitome of “heavy,” impressive fight choreography … Continue reading

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Preview, Scorsese, Pacino, DeNiro and Pesci –“The Irishman”

Co-stars in this film about a hitman who might have been involved in taking out Jimmy Hoffa include Anna Paquin, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano? “The Irishman” feels a little “old men playing young toughs,” but maybe the … Continue reading

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Ten Things I Hate About “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”

Let’s start with a couple of givens. Any time I channel surf by “Jackie Brown” I stop. It is Tarantino’s best film. I enjoyed the suspenseful interrogations of “Basterds,” and little else, the minimalism and edge of Reservoir Dogs.” Hated … Continue reading

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Preview, Who dies and who will survive “The Hunt”

Emma Roberts, Amy Madigan, Betty Gilpin and nine others wake up in the woods, ready to be hunted. Or not ready. A taste of “The Most Dangerous Game?” Sept.27, we will find out.

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Netflixable? “Deadly Scholars” (“Squad Goals”) bring homicide to high school

I can’t help but notice that a lot of movies that either make no noise in theaters or don’t even warrant a theatrical release find fresh “new” titles when they make their way to Netflix. Thus, “#SquadGoals” evolves into “Deadly … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: “Cold Case Hammarskjold” seeks answers of a famous UN chief’s death

“Cold Case Hammarskjöld” is a documentary that invites the viewer down another rabbit hole with the quixotic Danish filmmaker Mads Brügger. His “Red Chapel” was a playful plunge behind the bamboo curtain in North Korea, with Brügger and an accomplice … Continue reading

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