Monthly Archives: September 2019

Movie Preview: Will “The King’s Man” be better than “Kingsman:Golden Circle?”

Hard to tell, based on this latest trailer. A February sleeper?

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Netflixable? Mackenzie Davis has the title role, and journey, in “Izzy Gets the F— Across Town”

The Canadian actress Mackenzie Davis was “This year’s tall, willowy and funny blonde” oh, about five years ago — in the midst of a run that included TV’s “Halt and Catch Fire” and movies that peaked with “The Martian” and … Continue reading

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Book Review — “Funny Man: Mel Brooks” gets at the wit and the warts of the legendary comic, playwright and filmmaker

It’s no secret that many of the great comics are and were never the most pleasant people to deal with. I remember a confab of critics I was part of in a hotel bar in LA one time when we … Continue reading

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Weekend Box Office: “Judy” overperforms, “Abominable” hits its mark

DreamWorks’ underwhelming “Abominable,” which stands to make most of its money in China, managed nearly $21 million on its opening weekend in the US, the weakest Dreamworks opening in decades. “Downton Abbey” plucked another $14.5 from the swells buying tickets … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Dakota Johnson and Armie Hammer discover the horrors of “Wounds”

This Annapurna picture is warning a Hulu release. It looks creepy enough to merit theatrical, but Oct. 18 Hulu lets us decide if smaller screen is enough.

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Movie Review: Depressed Frenchmen synchronize their lives “Sink or Swim”

Did you see the British comedy “Swimming With Men?” It was a twee but melancholy Rob Brydon/Jim Carter vehicle, a “Full Monty” set against a synchronized swimming story. “Sink or Swim” is the same movie, more or less, set in … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: “QT8: The First Eight Films of Quentin Tarantino”

  Here’s a career retrospective documentary that began life as “21 Years: Quentin Tarantino,” and was finished a few years ago (2017) — brushed up, repurposed, re-titled and released on the heels of a very successful run of “Once Upon … Continue reading

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Documentary Review — “Memory: The Origins of ‘Alien'” gives us deep background on the making of a masterpiece

It was, and remains, the most frightening science fiction film ever made. “Alien” was a  watershed picture when it hit theaters in 1979, like an anti-“Star Wars” “Close Encounters of the Terminal Kind.” It had an unstoppable, insectoid monster attacking … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: “Abominable” on track for $20, “Downton” teens, “Hustlers” outhustles “Ad Astra” and “Rambo”

Last year at this time, “Smallfoot” managed an $833,000 opening Thursday night on its way to a meek (for an animated musical) opening of $23 million or so, Thursday night, “Abominable,” another “yeti” comedy but this time from Dreamworks, not … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: A hero is born and a classic of stage and screen comes to life in “Cyrano, My Love”

The poet swordsman with big nose had to get his start somewhere. This French backstage comedy tells that story.

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