Daily Archives: December 3, 2020

Netflixable? Angela before the “Ashes” — “Angela’s Christmas”

Let’s share a little of the older generation’s infatuation with the sentimental memoir about the hard life an Irish mother, “Angela’s Ashes,” by showing the wee ones “Angela’s Christmas,” a witty and warm bit of Frank McCourt in holiday animated … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Angela’s Christmas Wish” lacks the warm narration, and the warmth of “Angela’s Christmas”

The McCourt family’s “Angela’s Ashes” brand finally produces one offshoot too many with the animated sequel, “Angela’s Christmas Wish.” It’s an inferior and longer follow-up to “Angela’s Christmas” of a few years back, with a little sentiment but barely enough … Continue reading

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A Death Knell for Cinemas? “Matrix 4,’ ‘Dune,’ 2021 WB Slate Debuting on HBO Max

Warners is moving its entire 2021 film lineup, big titles all, to a theatrical and HBO Max simultaneous release schedule. Pandemic or not, will anybody go out to a theater if they can watch new releases at home? Not likely. … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Filipino drama “Finding Agnes” is mopey and soapy

Having trouble sleeping? Here’s a maudlin Filipino melodrama set mostly in Morocco that has scenery and very little else going for it save for the promise of a nap it prompts. Flat performances, feeble attempts at humor, heartless grabs at … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: The definitive biography of Lady Day? “Billie”

“Billie” is the far and away the most definitive Billie Holiday biography ever put on screen, a film that celebrates her magic and examines the demons that haunted her, chemical and human. It’s a film built out of two tragedies, … Continue reading

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