Daily Archives: February 5, 2020

Movie Review: Elijah Wood heeds the horrific call, “Come to Daddy”

  Elijah Wood plays a DJ, music producer and pop impresario WAY out of his depth in “Come to Daddy,” a gonzo, gory and goofball B-movie about fathers, sons and killing or being killed. It doesn’t stand up to much … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Young Gru needs some underlings, and some music by The Stones in “Minions: The Rise of Gru”

Big slam-bang action beats dominate the first half of this trailer. Then the Minions take over, and things get cute. “The Rise of Gru” is a summer release. As of now, they haven’t announced the other villain voices, so we … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Faith-based dance romance “Faith, Hope & Love” misses a step or three

A common gripe about faith-based movies is how they’re so far sanitized that they’re removed from reality — real people in real situations having real conversations. A romantic comedy about two people thrown together for a dance competition isn’t going … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Chris Rock and Samuel L., caught in “Spiral”

SOMEbody is targeting cops. SOMEbody (Chris Rock) is a veteran detective, rolling up on crime scenes in a vintage Camaro. SOMEbody is his new partner (Max Minghella). And somebody is a little foul-mouthed and a little murderous. A little “Saw?” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The lost boys are “Beasts of the Southern Wild” who embrace “Wendy”

In “Wendy,” the writer-director of the Oscar-nominated “Beasts of the Southern Wild”  transports the Peter Pan story from London and “Never Never Land” to the Louisiana bayou and the Caribbean island of Monserrat. And he tinkers with the fantasy about … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A new underclass becomes France’s “Les Miserables” in this Oscar-nominated thriller

Victor Hugo wrote the original “Training Day.” Or so it would seem, in the Oscar-nominated French thriller that takes the title of Hugo’s most famous novel, “Les Miserables.” The title comes from the film’s Montfermeil (suburban Paris) setting. It is … Continue reading

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Next screening? “Birds of Prey”

Warners has been showing this one for a week or two, but reviews are embargoed until noon today I think My market isn’t seeing it until tonight. As Margot/Harley Q was the only viable element of “Suicide Squad,” we have … Continue reading

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