Monthly Archives: February 2020

Movie Review: K-Stew takes a swing at “Seberg,” and misses

The resemblance borders on uncanny. With the right haircut, the proper dose of blonde, Kristen Stewart IS Jean Seberg. But the Iowa-born Seberg, made famous by “Saint Joan,” made immortal in “Breathless (“À bout de souffle”), had a spark that … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: A “Southerner” (Canadian) gets Inuit kids interested in lacrosse — “The Grizzlies”

It’s a sports dramedy in the traditional “McFarland USA” (and 1900 variations) mold. But with violence, life or death consequences and traditional native ways of life and mistrust of “Southerners.” When you live above the Arctic circle, even Canadians are … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Tracee Ellis Ross divas Dakota Johnson to death hitting “The High Note”

You think the daughter of Miss Diana Ross knows how to play the diva? Yeah. “Black-ish” is where Tracee Ellis Ross has to do the real acting. Dakota Johnson plays the long-suffering assistant to the diva. Ice Cube, Eddie Izzard, … Continue reading

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Netflixable? One 9 year-old “System Crasher” tests Germany’s social safety net

In this country, we hear about these kids from teachers. The stories of how one disturbed, disruptive child requires constant attention, eats up all the teacher’s time, are legion. Manic, impulsive, sometimes, untamable rageaholics are stressing educators and social workers … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: “Invisible Man” leads the way — $27 million, anime “My Hero Academia” $9 million Wed-Sunday

“The Invisible Man,” opening to strong reviews and a rising “Let’s not sit with crowds — ANYwhere” Corona (NOT the Beer) Virus fear, is falling right in the middle between low projections and its possible high water mark. Last week, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Working and going under in the gig economy, “Sorry We Missed You”

Ken Loach is the Scorsese of feature film realism, the Tarantino of naturalistic, lived-in dialogue, the Claire Denis of movies built on characters who show us life, as it happens. His milieu is typically Britain’s working class, which he celebrates … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “All the Bright Places” are where they store the schmaltz

Elle Fanning and Justice Smith take a walk — and a bike ride — through love and death in “All the Bright Places,” a moon-eyed teen romance that never knows when to drop the mike. It’s a movie that takes … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: A Big Thursday pushes “Invisible Man” toward $30 million+ opening

“The Invisible Man” seems destined to break the horror losing streak that 2020 began with. Universal’s Leigh Whannell vehicle for Elisabeth Moss did $1.65 million Thursday night, per Deadline.com. That suggests a boffo Friday and Sat and that early projections … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Scotland remembers “Robert The Bruce” — Do you?

Another trip back to the “Braveheart” era. Angus MacFadyen has the title role in this April 24 release.

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Movie Review: Winterbottom and Coogan serve up a modern take on “Greed”

If ever there was a time ripe for satirizing, sending up for its open corruption and crass celebrity, all consumed with unquestioning dimwittedness by a public distracted by “bread and circuses,” it is ours. Idiots idolized for their innate skill … Continue reading

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