Daily Archives: October 9, 2019

Movie Preview: The horror, the horror “The Turning”

Never ever should the many ask, “How, if I may ask, did the parents die?” Any more than one asks “What happened to the LAST nanny?” January chills from scary scary kids. Mackenzie Davis is the nanny, Finn Wolfhard and … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Another holiday season taste of Netflix Oscar bait — “The Two Popes”

Anthony Hopkins as scandal-ignoring Anglicized German Pope Benedict, Jonathan Pryce as a most English take on the Argentine Pope Francis. Fernando Meirelles of “City of God” directed this two-hander, which seems to have the polish and the pedigree to be … Continue reading

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Next Screening? More finger-snapping, this time animated, from “The Addams Family”

However cartoonist Charles Addams is remembered, it’s the 1960s TV series based on his work that has real cultural currency. That show, starring Sean Astin’s dad, bug-eyed John Astin, Carolyn Jones and Jackie Coogan, inspired the hilarious 1990s Barry Sonenfeld … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Horror in Nigeria comes from “The Figurine (Araromire)”

The short answer is “No, it’s not ‘Netflixable.’” The novelty of sampling the work of “Nollywood,” Nigeria’s lively film industry, of seeing the rare film (in the West) that looks at the country from an insider’s point of view, wears … Continue reading

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A “very special” “South Park,” tonight at 10

The Colorado cut-ups wade into the whole NBA/Winnie the Pooh censorship controversy in China, and take the hit for it from the One Party “Republic.” Tonight at 10, we’ll see what frightens the Winnie the Pooh overlord so very much. … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Veronica Ngo is a “Furie” chasing the villains who kidnapped her daughter

“Furie” is a female Vietnamese “Taken” predicated on the simple premise that you “Never take on a tigress who is defending her cub.” It’s a showcase for Vietnamese actress, model and pretty-convincing martial artist Veronica Ngo (Ngo Van Tranh), who … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Camila Morone is a teen coping with meth-mouth dad James Badge Dale in “Mickey and the Bear”

When the child has to become the adult because of a parent lost in addiction, you get the painful, guilt and rage that such an unnatural reversal brings with it. This film festival favorite is headed into theatrical/VOS release. Keep … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Will Smith’s in double-trouble in “Gemini Man”

If only they hadn’t given away most of the movie in the trailers. If only Ang Lee hadn’t tried to conjure up an action film out of close-ups of indifferent actors — two of them Will Smith. If only the … Continue reading

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