Monthly Archives: February 2020

Movie Preview: Jordan Peele’s take on “Candyman” — The first trailer

Spreading himself pretty thin, but his track record speaks for itself…

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Documentary Review: Rare titles are the Holy Grail to “The Booksellers”

  We carry around a picture of an antiquarian book dealer or obsessive book collector in our heads. White. Male. Tweed. And there isn’t a lot in D.W. Young’s New York-centric “The Booksellers” that tampers with that. There’s tweed, here … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: Could “Invisible Man” make Moss “Bankable?”

The trailers for this Universal horror tale have been paranoid, overwrought and money in the bank. And the movie Leigh Whannell delivered is earning terrific reviews. That should translate for a boffo weekend at the box office, as Variety likes … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Teresa Palmer goes lightweight with “Ride Like a Girl”

“Ride Like a Girl” is a feel-good tale of pluck, family and breaking gender barriers in the family business. The “family business” here is jockeying, something every one of Paddy Payne’s ten offspring took up, under daddy’s supervision. A competitive … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The things a director has to go through to get the “Greenlight”

Movies about making movies are a favorite subject of first-time filmmakers. Yeah, it’s narcissistic. But if the rule of thumb is “write/direct what you know,” that’s the thing most obsessives who want to be in the film business know best. … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Bardem contemplates “The Roads Not Taken”

He’s the writer. Laura Linney’s who he ended up with. Elle Fanning is the result. And Salma Hayek is, in some form, one of “The Roads Not Taken.” Sally Potter directed this March 13 release.

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Movie Preview: Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville — long-married and celebrating “Ordinary Love”

This looks lovely and reaches an audience the major studios neglect.

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Movie Review: Moss is haunted, tested by “The Invisible Man”

Elisabeth Moss has the best “resting tormented face” in the business. So she’s perfectly cast as a abused, haunted wife certain her dead control-freak husband is manipulating her life and attacking her and those close to her in “The Invisible … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Assistant” sees it all

She is not stylish. Quiet, demure, “mousie” we used to say, she is anonymous, invisible — barely noticed and when she is, it’s to slough off some unpleasant bit of personal or busy work. She’s just been on the job … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Addicted to You,” worth quitting cold turkey

The jokes and impersonations tip the hand of “Addicted to Love.” Cracks about “a modern day John Cusack” and Kate Hudson, “Never Been Kissed” and hearing “Helen Hunt’s voice in your head” (“What Women Want.” A stoned Matthew McConaughy impersonation. … Continue reading

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