Monthly Archives: November 2019

Netflixable? “Brother (Mon frere)” tells a tale of juvenile justice in France

The French drama “Mon frère” (“Brother”) is a “boys in juvie” drama, a genre pic about what happens in juvenile detention, or “Youth Custody Center” as the French call it. It’s a sympathetic portrait about a system built to intervene … Continue reading

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Next screening? “DARK WATERS

A little righteous legal crusade for your holiday awards season enjoyment. Sell out lawyer finds his soul in fighting a company that kills people. Good to see Mark Ruffalo joint Scarjo and Chris Evans in finding worth while films outside … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The epic awfulness of “The Madness Within”

It’s not the constant snorting, sniffing and nose-rubbing after the snorting and sniffing. It’s not drinking, the endless, pointless sexcapades and grasping for ‘decadence.’ It’s not the vomiting after indulging, either. Vomiting and vomiting and sniff sniff sniff more vomiting. … Continue reading

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‘Frozen 2’ Box Office: Disney Sequel Opens with $127 Million, “Neighborhood” $13.5

Disney’s faith that a “Frozen” sequel would blow up at the box office proved well founded as the second icy animated musical pulled in a healthy $127 million on its opening weekend, over 30% better than the original, which opened … Continue reading

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Avenue 5 (2019): Official Teaser | HBO

Yeah. “In the Loop” and “Veep” creator Armando Ianucci gives Hugh Laurie a sci Fi comedy star vehicle.

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Netflixable? Vanessa Hudgens hearts “The Knight Before Christmas”

Netflix, it would seem, has decided to take on The Hallmark Channel when it comes to seeing who can produce the most cheesy, inconsequential Christmas movies. But really, dumping them all on us just in time for Halloween isn’t fair. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Garden Left Behind”

“The Garden Left Behind” is a queer cinema throwback, a simple slice-of-life/what-we-deal-with portrait reminiscent of the early “Here’s who we are” melodramas of the “Lianna” (1983) to “Go Fish” (1994) era. It’s introductory by nature, polished yet primitive, just like … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Frozen 2’ heading over $130, ‘Ford v Ferrari’ $16, ‘Neighborhood’ $14

There is no franchise fatigue when it comes to cartoons for kids. The “Frozen” sequel is far outperforming the opening of the original film — which earned $93 million over a long holiday weekend not that many Thanksgivings ago. Deadline … Continue reading

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

“House Arrest” is a 22 minute sitcom pilot lost 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: 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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