Daily Archives: December 7, 2019

Movie Preview: Ryan Reynolds, a bystander inside the video game, just a “Free Guy”

Disney bites off a little of that @vancityReynolds snark for this one, a violent action comedy about…well, you’ll see. Yes, it’s a Fox movie. But Disney owns Fox, as the opening of this funny (ish) trailer reminds us. Next summer.

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Netflixable? Is any “Marriage Story” honestly like this?

Let’s throw all those declarations that “Marriage Story,” Noah Baumbach’s dissection of a divorce, is unbearably “real” because of its “honesty.” It’s not a docu-drama. It’s theatrical, melodramatic, over-the-top and no more representative of the end of a marriage than … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Child Actor’s lot, laid bare in “Honey Boy”

Sometimes as a journalist you catch a glimpse of something when you’re talking to a child actor. Maybe Macaulay Culkin is too interested in “performing,” distracting you as the interviewer. River Phoenix? Antic, manic, “wired” you decide later. You hear … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Tedium itself? “Playmobil: The Movie”

I am an audience of one at an afternoon matinee of “Playmobil: The Movie.” I am in one of the busiest cinemas in the gigantic Regal Cinemas chain. What does the rest of North America know, or at least suspect, … Continue reading

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Movie Preview; Life is a working waking nightmare for “THE ASSISTANT”

Julia Garner has the title role in this thriller about an overlooked, bullied and discriminated against personal assistant to Matthew McFadyen. It opens Jan. 31, early Feb in most cities. The bad news? Bleecker Street has it. The witness protection … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Frozen 2’ $40 million, ‘Playmobil” a near total write off

I was an audience of one for a matinee showing of STX’s “The Playmobil Movie” Friday. A toy-based musical fantasy with Anya Taylor whatsit and Jim Gaffigan and Daniel Radcliffe voicing characters, it cost $40 million and didn’t sell enough … Continue reading

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Millions upon millions stream “The Irishman,” very few are finishing it

Some skeptical critic friends and I were speculating about the Death March that is “The Irishman.” Netflix viewing figures, via Nielsen, show over 17 million dove into Scorsese’s last long walk on a short mob movie pier. And maybe 700,000 … Continue reading

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