Daily Archives: April 27, 2020

Movie Review: Put on your headphones, hear conversations from the past via “Soundwave”

All you need to make science fiction cinema is some conventional gadget, dressed up and re-purposed as your “device,” a good gimmick for what that device delivers and some villains who crave that device for nefarious purposes. No. You don’t … Continue reading

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Judd Apatow’s “King of Staten Island” goes direct to streaming

No big screens to release to — not even a drive in? Oh. Right. This is the Pete Davidson autobiography. Nobody was going to see it in cinemas anyway. Amazon Prime, like Pete’s other movie, was its probable fate. “The … Continue reading

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Netflixable? The things these Spanish ladies do to bring “Thi Mai” home to Pamplona

“Thi Mai (Rumbo a Vietnam)” is another bubble-gum colored Spanish travelogue comedy, this one set mostly in Vietnam. It sets us up for “heartwarming,” for culture clash/language barrier gags, for madcap misadventures and a little romance — some straight, some … Continue reading

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“The Goonies” Cast Reuniting with Host Josh Gad

Never got the fanaticism surrounding this title. But I wasn’t nine when it came out. Can’t knock that cast, though. Perhaps only Superfan Josh Gad could get Sean, Martha, Corey, Josh et al together again. That, and the enforced inactivity … Continue reading

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Classic Film Review: The eye candy that was “Popeye”

A bomb when it opened, reviewed as if Robert Altman was trying to sabotage his then-lauded reputation and end his major studio pictures career, a misfire that halted Robin Williams’ ascent, “Popeye” (1980) lives on as a monument to ’70s … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Bull,” the first great movie of 2020

The teenage girl wants the rodeo clown to give away his secrets, how he does his job distracting the bull when the bullrider’s been thrown or in trouble. “How do you know when the rider’s about to fall off?” “When … Continue reading

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