Monthly Archives: October 2019

Netflixable? Vampires reveal their Malaysian name in “Revenge of the Pontianak”

North American audiences an be forgiven for scanning past this title on Netflix, “Revenge of the Pontianak,” and wondering if the first half of is missing. Shouldn’t it be “Aztek II: Revenge of the Pontiac?” No, nothing to do with … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Motherless Brooklyn”

You can see why Edward Norton held onto the rights to make “Motherless Brooklyn” for years and years before he finally got his chance to film it. It’s his shot at making a “Chinatown,” a film noir about the brute … Continue reading

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Next screening? “Motherless Brooklyn”

It’s a Warner Brothers release, a studio that probably isn’t sweating the mixed early reviews or modest prospects of Edward Norton’s adaptation of a novel that harks back to film noir. “Joker” cured all WB ills from now until Christmas, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Eminence Hill” has to be the worst Western of the Year

The really bad ones you stare at, slack-jacked, like a grisly road accident that so distracts you it’s a wonder you don’t wind up in the ditch yourself. “Eminence Hill” is like that, a Western so ugly, inept and endless … Continue reading

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RIP John Witherspoon, a funny man who found laughs high and low

I interviewed him when one of his “Friday” comedies came out, a grand old man of comedy, even then. John Witherspoon was a comic of the chitlin’ circuit era who found off color laughs in the stoner comedies of the … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: One woman’s AIDS activism rattles the People’s Republic in “Ximei”

If the Chinese government isn’t careful, the world will give Liu Ximei the Nobel Peace Prize. And if there’s one thing the Hollywood and NBA-coddling one-party dictatorship hates, it’s having another version of its greed, incompetence, repression and aggression exposed … Continue reading

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Movie Review — Enough already, “Terminator: Dark Fate”

Totally down with putting the fate of mankind in the hands of womankind in the “Terminator” franchise. Giving your movie some immigration debate relevance, a little election debate currency in a workplace where machines are taking away jobs? Savvy. It’s … Continue reading

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Next screening? “Terminator: Dark Fate”

Dying to see Linda Hamilton go Old School on the New Terminator.

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The scariest movie fragment for Halloween? The banned trailer for “The Exorcist”

This abortive effort to sell the 1970s horror classic to movie fans never made it into theaters. It’s arty and horrific, images popping on the screen that play like Friedkin’s thriller’s greatest scariest hits.

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Movie Preview: Does “Waves” have Oscar buzz?

The guard is changing for filmmakers we have treated as “brand names” for years. Which is why the director of the indie horror pic, “It Comes at Night,” sort of “The Quiet Place” only Australian and somewhat less creepy, is … Continue reading

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