Daily Archives: July 28, 2019

Mark Hamill, Harry Ford, screen test

Mark Hamill shared this “Star Wars” screen test on the love-in we call his Twitter feed. It is…adorbs. See for yourself. “My screen-test for @starwars w/ Harrison on the 1st day I ever met him. Neither 1 of us had … Continue reading

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Movie Review: French get their “15 Minutes of War” in 1970s East Africa

A tricky thing, making a colonial-era rescue mission thriller in our post-colonial age. Do you pay heed to political correctness, or do you just let the visceral action, suspense and “us vs. them” violence work on that more primitive part … Continue reading

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Next screening? On the horn of Africa, a forgotten incident leads to “15 Minutes of War”

This looks like a solid kidnapping/attempted rescue-assassinate the kidnappers thriller. Somalia, Sudan, countries we NEVER see in the news today, the setting for this Franco-African incident.

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“Art of Self Defense,” more proof that Bleecker Street is the “Witness Protection Program” of film distribution

Another movie incompetently marketed into Oblivion by Bleecker St. No, Jesse Eisenberg isn’t box office. He makes indie films, mostly. And the subject matter and rest of the cast was no automatic draw. But people should have found it. That’s … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Once Upon a Time” hits $40, “Lion King” adds $75

The best opening for a Tarantino movie ever. One of the steeper fall offs for a Disney blockbuster remake. That’s the take away, here. “Once” opened wider than Tarantino’s other pictures under Weinstein distribution. It was on track to clear … Continue reading

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The Hollywood Reporter digs into “Tarantino’s Violence Against Women Problem”

There are a lot of points to chew on in “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” — issues from the pedestrian (maddeningly indulgent pacing, rewriting history) to political (labeling the Manson cult “hippies” is more reactionary than point blank accurate) to … Continue reading

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