Daily Archives: August 7, 2019

Documentary Review: “Friedkin Uncut”

For truth in advertising, it’s hard to beat the title “Friedkin Uncut.” This documentary about the great, not-forgotten but certainly under-heralded director of “The Exorcist,” “The French Connection,” “The Boys in the Band,” “Sorcerer,” “Bug” and “Killer Joe” is formless … Continue reading

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Movie Review: McCarthy, Haddish and Moss star in undercooked crime thriller “The Kitchen”

The brisk, violent opening act of “The Kitchen” sets us up for a two-hour wallow in the grit, grime and crime of 1970s New York. The novelty alone, the building of a crime empire run by three women “married to … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Jacob’s Ladder” earns a remake starring Michael Ealy

It helps to remember that Bruce Joel Rubin, the screenwriter who conjured up the original “Jacob’s Ladder” back in 1990, also wrote the blockbuster “Ghost.” And Mr. Rubin, as he told me way back then, wrote these afterlife thrillers during … Continue reading

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Next screening? “Blinded by the Light”

As I twiddle my thumbs, waiting for the embargo to clear for “The Kitchen,” allow me to share the fond hope that this, the latest 70s-80s music film to demand our attention, will be worth the wait. A Pakistani Briton … Continue reading

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Hulu is taking its shot at “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”

It started life as a BBC sci-fi radio comedy, became a series of novels, was adapted for British TV and eventually, finally and AFTER the death of its creator, Douglas Adams, became a sort of half-hearted movie. Now Hulu has … Continue reading

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Disney cashes in on Fox archives, “Home Alone” and “Night at the Museum” rebooted

You can’t help but notice Disney’s mission creep as it dives deeper into the Marvel business, the gold mine that has made the studio forgo pretty much everything else — save for remaking their animated classics as “live action” (not … Continue reading

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Is America over Netflix?

For the first time in eight years, Netflix lost subscribers last quarter. Over 130,000 dropped them as the service lost popular series like “The Office” and “Friends.” As others say, “That’s just the beginning.” As in, expect the streaming service … Continue reading

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