Daily Archives: October 2, 2019

Next Screening? “Joker”

For a movie that won big at the Venice Film Festival, and allegedly has Oscar buzz, a film expected to snatch the October movie opening record at the box office, “Joker” has awfully mixed early reviews. It looks bleak as … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Don’t fall into the “Timetrap”

A good time travel movie doesn’t have to cost a lot. The Spanish “Time Crimes” the American indie jewel “Primer” prove that. All it needs in order to succeed are engaging characters, a ticking-clock plot and a thought exercise that … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Ventriloquist dummies run amok in “Devil’s Junction: Handy Dandy’s Revenge”

Sometime between “Leprechaun” and “Leprechaun 2” it became fashionable, or a smart career move, even, to concoct a horror film that people would label “so bad it’s good.” It never made much sense, and there’s always been junk cinema that … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Guy Ritchie gets back to gangster movies with McConaughey, Dockery and an all star cast — “The Gentlemen”

A January release from newish distributor STX, a film that takes Ritchie back to what he does best. “Rocknrolla,” “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” “Snatch.” The horrors of “Aladdin” are forgiven? Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Grant, Colin Farell, … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Under the Eiffel Tower,” a good place to bury this one

I had hoped that the cringe-worthy comedy that took its place as a TV genre would confine itself to the short doses-long format of the sitcom. But no. There’s a bit of cringing involved in most every film that alumni … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Birds of Prey” makes lemonade out of the lemon that was “Suicide Squad”

“The Joker and I? Broke up.” And so Warners launches the breakout character from “Suicide Squad,” the one bit of casting that paid off, into a spinoff Margot Robbie star vehicle. “Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One … Continue reading

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