Daily Archives: July 7, 2021

Netflixable? Will kiddie viewers feast on “Secret Magic Control Agency?”

“Secret Magic Control Agency” is an animated comedy that works up its own “wizarding world” for a fanciful spin on alternate lives for fairytale siblings Hansel and Gretel. The animation is polished 3D/CG, with tactile, pliable plastic-looking humans and dogs, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Lin Shaye makes “The Call”

An old woman is tormented to death and her tormenters are lured into dialing her up in her grave as punishment in “The Call,” a thriller so derivative it gives “derivative” a bad name. It’s another “face your personal nightmares” … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: A filmmaker fanboy celebrates pop pranksters and innovators — “The Sparks Brothers”

You don’t have to be into the art rock/glam rock/proto-punk synth pop pranksters Sparks to get a kick out of “The Sparks Brothers,” the definitive documentary history that fanboy Edgar Wright created in their honor. The director of “Shaun of … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: A new trailer for “The King’s Man”

A trailer plus “explainer” bits. “Origin story” explained by Gemma Arterton, Ralph Fiennes, etc. Because you know, it’s been years since we’ve seen one of these. Djimon and Colin and the rest are finally in theaters Dec. 22.

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Movie Review: Don’t wade into this shallow “River”

Here’s one of the side benefits of spending a lifetime in journalism — learning to listen, paying attention to not just what people you’re interviewing say, but how they express it. And if you don’t stop at merely taking notes, … Continue reading

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