Daily Archives: August 16, 2019

RIP Peter Fonda, 1940-2019 Captain America from “Easy Rider,” award winner for “Ulee’s Gold”

A great villain in “The Limey.” Henry Fonda’s son, Jane Fonda’s sister, Bridget Fonda’s dad. He made one of the great Florida movies, “Ulee’s Gold,” which was the only occasion I had the chance to interview him. He mastered beekeeping … Continue reading

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Kareem on Bruce Lee, and Quentin T.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote this “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” take for THR. https://t.co/DDMnR7wdIL https://twitter.com/kaj33/status/1162398315318636544?s=17

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Preview, “The Death of Dick Long” shows “good, clean fun” gone wrong in Red State America

A dark redneck comedy of the sort the Coen Brothers might have pulled off, in their youth.

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Preview, A documentary filmmaker and his family, refugees on the run from the Taliban, “Midnight Traveler”

This Hassan Fazili Sundance Award winner opens Sept. 18 in New York, limited release in Oct. The trailer alone is as moving as the best feature films I’ve seen this year.

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Movie Review: “Good Boys” are naughty, but are they funny enough?

Chuckleheaded vulgarian Seth Rogen produced “Good Boys,” but apparently didn’t have enough input on the script to make this “tween ‘Superbad’” all that funny. A wildly uneven one-joke farce, sometimes amusing in that “Oh no they DIDN’T,” way, dispiriting in … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Catch it while you can, “ECCO” could be the worst movie of 2019

My stars and garters, “ECCO.” Here’s a “Dog of August” that’s so bad that it’s a wonder that the month, infamous as a movie dumping ground for features not good enough to cut it any other month of the movie … Continue reading

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Box Office: A “bombs away” weekend for “Angry Birds,” “47 Meters,” “Bernadette” and “Good Boys?”

To be blunt, none of them are any good. But you have to, when you’re reviewing the Dogs of August, forget the month you’re watching the movie in. Because every now and then, a good movie that nobody could figure … Continue reading

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Hong Kong protests, “Mulan” and the Chinese filmmaking classes

  One of the odd “coincidences” I’ve noted in my years of interviewing Chinese actors and filmmakers, some from Hong Kong, many from the mainland, is how the need for “order” in China finds its way into conversations. “Harmony” is … Continue reading

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Russell Brand on “Death on the Nile?”

If you follow his various social media feeds (@rustyrockets) and ventures, Russell Brand seems a lot more interested in spiritual and post political things than in comedy of movies. But Kenneth Branagh wants him to join Gal Gadot and Armor … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “47 Meters Down: Uncaged”

    Take away the shark cage, and you can title your sequel “47 Meters Down: Uncaged.” The fact that your heroines in peril are no longer “47 meters down” isn’t a deal breaker. They’re not in the open ocean, … Continue reading

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