Monthly Archives: November 2019

Netflixable? Agoraphobia hits Indian man hard in rom-com “House Arrest”

“House Arrest” is a 22 minute sitcom pilot stuffed inside a 104 minute romantic comedy. It’s got a cute couple with chemistry, a couple of wacky supporting characters, a daft dilemma and a couple of funny pratfalls. That’s not even … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “En Brazos de un asesino” (In the Arms of an Assassin)

    Here’s a straight-up mob moll hides out with a hitman thriller, with a few Latin American twists. “En Brazos de un Asesino” (In the Arms of an Assassin) is a Dominican production, set in Mexico, about a young … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Blaxploitation is back, and beautiful, with “Queen & Slim”

It’s messy, random, funny and poignant, violent and surreal, politically-charged and romantic. “Queen & Slim” is an African American art film channeling a 1970s blaxploitation, on-the-lam-from-the-law road picture vibe. As its riveting, rambling, geographically-inept two hours roll by, lurid visions … Continue reading

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Box Office: Can ‘Frozen II’ skate to $120 million? Mister Rogers to make a BO splash

Disney has an animated juggernaut on its hands, even if “Frozen 2” (They cannot be bothered to decide if it’s “2” or “II” in the title) isn’t remotely as tuneful or coherent as the original. Box Office Mojo and others … Continue reading

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Spirit Awards Nominations 2020: “Lighthouse,” “Judy,” “The Mustang” “Luce” and “Uncut Gems” compete

It would be odder than odd to see Adam Sandler walk away with Indie Spirit honors, but that’s what “Uncut Gems” could do for the critically derided comic’s career. An A24 film parked in awards season, and we have to … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Bikram: Yogi, Guru Predator” reminds us of a sexual predator who escaped justice

It isn’t just the title that gives away the “reveal” in the documentary “Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator.” We don’t have to remember the news coverage of this “hot yoga” popularizer, the franchised kingpin of yoga in America who made a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A missing friend, a mournful Holocaust tune — “The Song of Names”

The sheer number of Holocaust dramas in the film canon means that the bar for the genre has been raised, perhaps unfairly high. If the movie isn’t great, considering the epic horror of the subject, it can and should be … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Kiersey Clemons, Janelle Monae and Jena Malone go “Antebellum”

A thriller from some of the folks behind “Us” and “Get Out.”

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Movie preview: Harrison Ford heard “The Call of the Wild”

Jack London’s classic earns another adaptation.

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Movie Review: “21 Bridges” is a bridge or two or three or four too far

Sometimes, you can pinpoint with smart-bomb accuracy the moment a movie goes wrong. In the manhunt thriller “21 Bridges,” it concerns a mass murderer/”double tap” cop killer, an underworld “banker” he’s just held a gun on, and an Alcoholics Anonymous … Continue reading

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