Monthly Archives: October 2019

Netflixable? “The Laundromat” takes the cute approach in explaining The Panama Papers scandal

It helps if you’ve seen Alex Winter’s eye-opening/crime-explaining documentary, ” The Panama Papers.”  And even that isn’t enough, by itself, to dive into the horrors of this scandal. The corruption runs so deep, the conspiracy is so widespread, that settling … Continue reading

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Movie Review — A fine rescue edit, “The Current War: Director’s Cut”

“The Current War” is a flawed period piece that was caught up in the meltdown of The Weinstein Co. and the grotesqueries of its founder, Harvey Weinstein, who often did to movies what he allegedly did to many women within … Continue reading

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Next Screening? “The Current War: Director’s Cut”

So The Weinstein Co. rounded up an all-star cast for “The Current War,” a piece of history about the DC vs. AC battles of Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and the Tesla-Westinghouse (Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon) of the late 19th century. Bragging … Continue reading

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: “Maleficent” underperforms, “Zombieland” overperforms,”Hustlers” crosses $100 million

Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” genocidal war movie masquerading as a kids’ fairytale had been predicted to clear $42 million on its opening weekend. That ain’t happening. A $35.5 million first weekend will be enough for it to claim a … Continue reading

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China is not happy with Tarantino’s version of Bruce Lee

That’s being given as the reason why the summer blockbuster was pulled from China’s release slate for next weekend. Can’t understand why the Maoist Kingdom would be bothered by depicting an early Hollywood Chinese hero as a poseur of the … Continue reading

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Movie Preview; Rookie cop gets a lesson in life and work inside the PD’s “Crown Vic”

Interesting time to be taking “A Few Good Men” tack on the big screen about police work, that it’s a rough, dirty job “but somebody’s gotta do it.” You know, with the rash of “I shot because I was scared” … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Brother opposites struggle for the soul of a sibling in the French thriller “Street Flow (Banlieusards)”

Everything about “Street Flow,” a coming-of-age parable about two brothers wrestling over the future of a third sibling, is familiar. It’s in the “projects,” called “suburbs” here. The young men are black. One brother is a gangster, the other in … Continue reading

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“Bowling for Columbine” showing Sat. Night on MSNBC

Michael Moore (@MMFlint) Tweeted: Here’s a clip from the opening scene of my film, “Bowling for Columbine”, which will have a special nationwide screening tomorrow night (Saturday) at 9pm ET on MSNBC… “You Open a Bank Account, You Get a … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: “Maleficent” to dethrone “Joker?” “Zombieland 2” to clear $20, “Downton” sets a record

Apparently, PBS fans just can’t quit “Downton Abbey.” The pre-Depression soap opera, a costume-and-wealth-bedecked period piece that opened over a month ago, just became the biggest hit in the history of Focus Features. It passed the cowboy romance “Brokeback Mountain” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Pattinson and Dafoe star in “The Lighthouse”

Who would have guessed that Robert Pattinson would turn out to be the daring one, the “Twilight” star who filled his post glitter-makeup career with the most fascinating projects? “Good Time,” High Life,” “Damsel,” “The Lost City of Z,” “The … Continue reading

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