Daily Archives: November 26, 2021

Netflixable? Durable Western “The Ballad of Lefty Brown” gives Fonda a curtain call, Bill Pullman a star vehicle

Here’s one of those “upend your expectations, pardner” Westerns of the modern mold, a movie about a “sidekick” forced to take over the story when the hero gets bushwhacked. “The Ballad of Lefty Brown” isn’t about a famous gunslinger, lawman, … Continue reading

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THANKSGIVING BOX OFFICE: “Encanto” edges “Afterlife,” “Gucci” sells, “Resident Evil” is evicted

Here’s yesterday’s tally, which will probably be reflected by the entire holiday weekend, in terms of “standings.” Figures via Exhibitor Relations 1. ENCANTO ($5.8M) 2. GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE ($5.3M) 3. HOUSE OF GUCCI ($3.4M) 4. ETERNALS ($1.6M) 5. RESIDENT EVIL ($1M)

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Movie Preview: “Matrix 4” further “Resurrections?”

That one adds a little bit to what we already know is coming Christmas Day. Below is still the song that sells this movie, IMHO. “White Rabbit” resurrected FTW.

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Netflixable? French comedy “Spoiled Brats (Pourris gâtés)” doesn’t “Teach them a lesson”

An exasperated Monaco developer wants to teach his lazy, insufferable “Spoiled Brats” a lesson by pretending they’ve lost it all in what turns out to be a tepid remake of the Mexican comedy “We Are the Nobles.” It’s a plot … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Remembering the Athlete as Icon and Activist — “Citizen Ashe”

Generations before Colin Kaepernick took a knee, not all that long after Jackie Robinson retired, and shortly after Althea Gibson broke the color barrier in tennis, Arthur Ashe took to the world’s most famous tennis tourneys, brought his game to … Continue reading

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Peckinpah Alert! His Series “The Westerner” is now on Roku

It’s more familiar to film buffs than it is to the generation that still watches old TV Westerns on assorted cable, streaming and Grit TV channels. And to us, it’s attained cult status, a “Prisoner” or “Black Adder” but beloved … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Latvia’s Oscar submission, “The Pit (Bedre)” — Portrait of the Artist as a Disturbed Child

The “inciting incident” in the Latvian drama “The Pit (Bedre)” is so chilling that we judge the kid committing it instantly and in the harshest terms. There’s a younger child, a little girl, literally in a pit, and he’s doing … Continue reading

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