Monthly Archives: January 2020

Netflixable? A Brazilian preacher-mogul tells his side of the story in “Nothing to Lose” and “Nothing to Lose 2”

Foreign language films, or “international” films as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences now calls them, immerse you in a culture, and the good ones — no matter the subject, can tell you a lot about a place … Continue reading

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“Parasite,” Zellweger, Phoenix, Pitt and Dern win the 2020 SAG Awards

It all seems cut and dried as far as acting awards go, doesn’t it? Same winners, show after show after show. But Best Picture seems like a three picture race, thanks to that Sscreen Actors Guild (SAG) award for best … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Terry Crews carries a Big Hammer as “John Henry”

Love that Terry Crews. When it comes to big, burly character actors who can credibly play tough guys, and hilarious goofs on their tough guy image, he has just two peers — Danny Trejo and Dave Bautista. Pretty good company … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: “Bad Boys” near $60 as of Sunday, on track for $68 MLK Day, but but “Jumanji?”

“Jumanji” FINALLY finishes a weekend ahead of “Star Wars.” It took a month, but holding audience and having legs at the box office finally bore fruit fruit for”The Next Level.” It will probably play longer into this winter than “The … Continue reading

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Netflixable? The Internet sex trade comes a little too easily to this “Jezebel”

One hazard of the “speak your own truth” corner of indie film is the way the filmmaker’s story supplements or even supplants the one being told on the screen. Haitian-American writer-director Numa Perrier (“Queen Sugar”) dipped back into her own … Continue reading

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More proof “1917” is the official Oscar favorite — A Producers Guild win

Last night the Producers Guild best picture award went To “1917.” The signs, starting from the Golden Globe “upset win,” are unmistakable. Best picture favorite, quite probably best director, too. I still think “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood,” and its … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: “Once Were Brothers” remembers the The Band

There’s an implied “Gather round, children” to any appreciation these days for the music of the Woodstock Generation. When credible documentaries about the history of house music and electronica exist, when NWA earns a perfectly respectable and quite popular bio-pic, … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: A January smash — ‘Bad Boys For Life’ takes 2nd-Best MLK Opener Ever, $68 million

Yeah, people want a break from the grim news filling their TV and handheld depression enhancing device. “Bad Boys 3” is officially a blockbuster — almost doubling its projected $38 million opening weekend. By Monday PM, Americans will have bought … Continue reading

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Theater owners report 4.6% drop in attendance

Last year was top heavy with blockbusters, and a lot of money was made as ticket prices climbed well about $9 nationally. So many 3D and IMAX films, so many franchises. But theater attendance fell 4.6 percent from 2018 to … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Tyler Perry delivers “A Fall from Grace”

All these years later, and Tyler Perry is still making “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” “A Fall from Grace” is his first film made for Netflix, and it’s another female wish-fulfillment fantasy, this one with wrapped in a vengeance … Continue reading

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