Monthly Archives: September 2019

Movie Review: There can be only one “Judy”

The offstage moments are the glories of “Judy,” the places where Renée Zellweger truly inhabits the child star turned showbiz legend, a shell of her former self in the last year of her life. It’s all the stuff ON-stage that … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Norton, Baldwin and Willis — “Motherless Brooklyn”

Just caught this trailer in a theater and boy, does it have my interest. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Leslie Mann and Cherry Jones also star in this Nov. 1. noir about a detective with Tourettes, based on a Jonathan Lethem novel.  

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Movie Preview: Are we sold on “Spies in Disguise’ yet?

Third trailer, a spy becomes a bird comedy. Buying in?

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BOX OFFICE: “Abominable” set up for a weak win, “Judy” not on many screens

Take your kids to “Abominable” and tell me I’m wrong. It plays like an animated dramedy made for the Chinese market. It’s laugh-starved and China-flattering in the extreme. The villains are a Brit (Eddie Izzard) and his North American hireling … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Sordid sins of the rural South cause “The Death of Dick Long”

We can safely assume, from the way Dick Long’s two cover-bandmates dump him in the emergency room parking lot, that the night got plumb out of hand. We saw the “Pink Freud” band rehearsal earlier, the booze and weed and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Mister America” allows Tim Heidecker cultists to imagine their hero running for office

  “Mister America” is a sequel to “On Cinema at the Cinema,” an intentionally bad, vigorously half-assed movie review show that went from podcast to web series, eventually part of the Adult Swim Cartoon Network brand. It’s pretty much the … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Dead Teenager” horror movies always require a “Head Count”

First of all, great title. If you’re going to round up a bunch of young people — college coeds, stoners and frat bros — for a “dead teenager movie,” you’re going to need to do a “Head Count.” The rules … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “The Irishman” — Scorsese, DeNiro, Pacino, Pesci, Keitel and…Ray Romano?

Scorsese’s mobsters and Jimmy Hoffa picture shows up Nov. 27. On Netflix.

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Documentary Review: “Wrinkles the Clown” exposes viral phobias, manufactured fear and really bad parenting

The scariest clown movie of 2019 is a documentary. Nothing’s hiding in the sewers, nobody is bullied and beaten until he becomes Batman’s nemesis. “Wrinkles the Clown” is about an aged “retired” party clown who offers “behavioral services” to parents. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Day Shall Come”

Some of us put a lot of stock in a script that tickles the ears with its witty banter, putdowns, twisted jargon and the like. By that measure, “The Day Shall Come” is the funniest film in months and months. … Continue reading

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