Monthly Archives: May 2022

Movie Review: Eugenio Derbez remakes a French farce…limply — “The Valet”

Mexican star Eugenio Derbez’s Hollywood films lean heavily on “sweet” and “sentimental,” which is some compensation, considering “Instructions Not Included” co-starred an adorable child, “How to be a Latin Lover” underwhelmed and “Overboard” was a dog. They’re all slow, something … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: B.J. Novak is a podcaster out to solve an ex girlfriend’s murder, maybe get some “Vengeance”

“Office” star Novak wrote, directed and stars in this dark dive into Texas conspiracyland as a big city podcaster on the trail of something stupid and dopey, or downright sinister. He’s going to have to decide. Issa Rae, Boyd Holbrook, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A Schrader-esque man of Violence waiting for Perlman — “There Are No Saints”

When film buffs think of scripts by Paul Schrader, they think of down-and-dirty-and-bloody tales of sins, sinners, atonement and maybe a glimpse of salvation through all the violence, revenge and sex. And we can see Schrader (“Taxi Driver,” “Cat People,” … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Baz Luhrmann’s EPIC length new “ELVIS” trailer

TCB, ya’ll. Mere weeks away.

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Movie Preview: Tom Cruise, “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One”

Hayley Atwell, Vanessa Kirby, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Czerny and the whole IMF, back for their finale. Well, the first half of that finale anyway. Epic stunts, big chases. Big screen. Big time. July of 2023 seems a long time to … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Turkish veterans take a troubling road trip — “Godspeed (Yoluc Acik Olsun)”

That uneasy feeling that the dark, downbeat Turkish road picture “Godspeed” might be dipping into propaganda every now and again are borne out by the film’s closing credits, referring to dead Turkish troops fighting Turkish (and Syrian and Iraqi) Kurds … Continue reading

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So, what’s going on with Peter Pan’s presence in “Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers?”

It’s been all over Twitter this weekend, trending just below the latest from the pasty-faced Apartheid perv and “DOWN go the Celtics!” Why was Peter Pan turned into the villain of “Chip’n’Dale’s Rescue Rangers?” He’s depicted as an embittered one-time … Continue reading

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Classic Film Review: “In & Out” turns 25, old enough to be a “classic”

Has it really been 25 years since “In & Out” came, uh, “out?” Kevin Kline won an Oscar for other work, but hell’s bells, he was never funnier than in this Paul Rudnick farce. Debbie Reynolds playing his Mom, Joan … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Quirky? That’s the “I built a robot” comedy “Brian and Charles”

British? Check. Welsh and overcast? Check and check again. Twee? Oh my yes. June 17 Focus Features starts to roll this one out.

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Documentary Review: A Famous Cook Responds to Natural Disasters — “We Feed People”

The closing image of “We Feed People, Ron Howard’s uplifting documentary about Chef José Andrés and the righteous work he and the non-governmental-organization charity he helped found, World Central Kitchen, is a kicker, one of documentary cinema’s great story-in-a-single-shot punchlines. … Continue reading

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