Monthly Archives: August 2019

Movie Review: Butler again to the rescue, needing rescue himself in “Angel has Fallen”

“On the nose” casting can be playful, or it can be a curse — a lazy form of screen shorthand that strips the mystery away from your thriller before the opening credits are finished. So glancing at the names listed … Continue reading

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West Wing Story | THE SIMPSONS

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Preview, “Bombshell” exposes the Fox News “war on women” this December

Lionsgate has a holiday movie that features Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie Think anybody will show up for this? Should’ve gotten Russell Crowe to play sexual harasser news chief Roger Ailes. He’s good at it.

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Movie Review: Williams and Moore show us that “After the Wedding” is when the fireworks start

There are several common problems that come with the territory when a challenging film from abroad is remade and given “a Hollywood ending.” The remake is inevitably neat and pat, some nuance is lost as the remaking filmmaker seems in … Continue reading

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Preview, Pitt–sci Fi, “Ad Astra” has a third trailer now

This look more conventional than the film the first trailer promised. We are a month from finding out the truth.

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Movie Review: The director of “Gook,” goes back to Koreatown for “Ms. Purple”

“Ms. Purple” isn’t a movie you review. It’s a character study you put on the psychoanalyst’s couch. Justin Chon’s tender, intimate followup to his bracing, gritty and sometimes funny “Gook” shows us the shattered remains of a Koreatown family and … Continue reading

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Disney finally gets too greedy — It wants all the Marvel marbles

They bought Fox so they could retire the X-Men and revive them under their own banner. They own the box office like no studio that has come before. And they are plainly irked at goosing Sony’s Spider-Man in Avengers movies … Continue reading

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Next screening? Gerard Butler is back. Again. One more time. “Angel Has Fallen”

He keeps putting in the effort, giving us fair value in his action franchse long past the point when he or any of us should care anymore. These Secret Service super agent code name movies — “Olympus has Fallen,” “London … Continue reading

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Bond, James Bond has ‘No Time to Die’

That’s the title of the last Daniel Craig Bond outing. Let’s hope he doesn’t get hurt…again…filming it. Everybody who played lays Bond gets hurt. He just has to read about it on the Interwebs. Coming not soon enough to a … Continue reading

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Preview, Demi, Jessica Williams, Karan Soni and Ed Helms are “Corporate Animals”

I wonder if Ed Helms has invested his “Hangover” checks wisely? Or his “Office” residuals? Because the stuff I see him in (check out what happens to his character in this Sept. 20 release, “Corporate Animals”) makes me wonder. Isiah … Continue reading

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