Monthly Archives: January 2021

Movie Preview: “Crisis” — An opioid conspiracy thriller with Michelle Rodriguez, Lily-Rose Depp, Luke Evans, Gary Oldman and…Armie Hammer?

This one has the male stars given second tier status in the ads — which is A) only fair and B) because SOMEbody has been in the news for his alleged cannibalistic tastes of late. And we’re not talking about … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Craig Ferguson directs Charlotte Church — “I’ll Be There”

Of all the self-inflicted indignities Scottish comic, actor and TV host Craig Ferguson has subjected himself to through his decades in the public eye, none can compare to co-writing, directing and starring in a movie where supporting player Joss Ackland, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Another tale of “Payback,” lamer than all the rest

The story is as old as the movies — or at least as as old as the John Boorman/Lee Marvin vengeance thriller “Point Blank (1967).” Mob-connected guy is set up and either shot and left for dead, made the fall … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Sailing solo into a refugee crisis — “Styx”

The global refugee crisis becomes personal for a solo sailor off the coast of West Africa in “Styx,” a detailed, perfectly realistic minimalist parable from Germany. German character actress Suzanne Wolff (“Three Musketeers,” “Return to Montauk”) makes the most of … Continue reading

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Cicely Tyson, Emmy, Tony-winning actress known for ‘Sounder,’ dies at 96

Another great one is gone. Good in “Sounder,” legendary in “The Pride of Miss Jane Pittman,” colorful in every character role she ever took. I’m remembering her in “Because of Winn Dixie” right now. Cicely Tyson just released a memoir. … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Benedict Cumberbatch is “the last man” you’d send to rout the Russians — “The Courier”

This Cuban Missile Crisis tale looks tense, tight and period perfect. Cumberbatch, Benedict Cumberbatch, plays a “salesman” recruited to snoop around Moscow in the early 60s. I am so there for this one.

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Movie Review: Kiwi Bikers rumble and ride to prove how “Savage” they are

“Savage” sums up a gang member’s life in three key episodes, pivotal moments where young Liam might have had a choice in the way his life turned out. The catch to that is, he had a lot fewer choices than … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: A First full trailer for Kristen Wiig’s “Barb & Star Go to Vista del Mar”

Wiig and Annie Mumulo from “Bridesmaids” and “This is 40” and “Bad Moms” are in Florida, going “Floridian.” If you’ve ever lived here, you know what I mean. And if you haven’t, you probably still get it. Florida, amIright? Lots … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Haymaker” TKOs itself

“Haymaker” is an intriguing movie mashup, if nothing else. It’s “The Bodyguard” with a transgender twist, served on a beefcake MMA (Muay Thai) boxing platter. The picture isn’t quite this or even remotely that, but it still might have come … Continue reading

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Classic Film Review: David Niven, Peter Ustinov, Trevor Howard and Stanley Holloway in Carol Reed’s “The Way Ahead”

“The Third Man” is widely acknowledged as British director Carol Reed’s breakthrough film, even if his breakout title — the one that ensured his employability as a filmmaker –came much earlier. But film scholars and cinema buffs, poking around his … Continue reading

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