Monthly Archives: November 2021

BOX OFFICE: “Encanto” wins Thanksgiving but underwhelms “Ghostbusters” holds its own

The latest Disney cartoon opened with a pandemic dampened way under $30 million weekend, clearing just over $40 since Thursday. Those aren’t typical Disney toon numbers, and give away what a hard sell this script by committee, Lin Manuel Miranda … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” misses by a Milla

Oh come on, not THIS crap again! You’d figure six “Resident Evil” movies would have been enough, a seriously-lowbrow but seriously successful video-game film franchise that helped Milla Jovovich put her kids through college and what not. But her character, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Trashy, dull “For the Love of Money” lets singers take a shot at acting

All that a cast filled with music personalities adds to the dull, trashy money-laundering melodrama “For the Love of Money” is the occasional pause for a song. And the last thing this movie should do is pause. It’s just as … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Te Ata” is an old fashioned story about a famous Chickasaw Storyteller

One of the blessings of Netflix is that movies that get lost in the shuffle have a second chance to find a wide audience on the streaming service, a much better chance that ad hoc sales to cable or broadcast … Continue reading

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Next Screening? Asian Horror set in America — “Repossession”

This Dec. 21 release is set in the Asian-American community of “the world’s most expensive city.” That would be San Fran. Seriously creepy looking, very “Ring” and “Parasite” in tone.

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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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