Monthly Archives: November 2022

Movie Review: An Empress Turns 40, and loses it — “Corsage”

In “Corsage,” the unhappy Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary impulsively grasps at all sorts of privileged distractions in 1877 Vienna and environs, a supposedly all-powerful woman hemmed in by her circumstances and position. She horseback rides, diets and flips-out quietly over … Continue reading

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Next screening? Brendan Fraser completes his comeback with an Oscar buzzed turn in a fat suit as “The Whale”

You could poll critics and entertainment writers to confirm this, but if there’s a sweeter spirit in Hollywood, somebody that most folks in the know could agree on deserves a comeback, it’s Brendan Fraser. He’s Keanu without the cool cachet, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Anne Heche adds grace notes to her final film, “What Remains”

We’d made up our minds about Anne Heche long before her sad death in an accident last August. Controversy dogged her in life, and mental health issues — and the presence of cocaine in her system — were prominent in … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Glass Onion” finds the “Knives” still “Out,” but duller

Writer-director Rian Johnson returns to the scene of the triumph with “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” and finds the going a bit slower, the supporting cast less colorful, less venomous and less star-studded and the mystery quite a bit … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Santa Claus vs. the Kidnappers — “Violent Night”

You’d better watch out. You’d better not cry. And if you’re thinking of a holiday mass murder and kidnapping, you’d better not try. Especially if it’s Christmas Eve. Because Santa Claus is a jolly elf with — as Liam Neeson … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “The Super Mario Bros. Movie”

If you’re old enough to remember the first attempt to put “Mario” in a movie… Stick around until April 7 to see if this animated take on the timeless video game is a cast improvement.

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Documentary Review: An Artist’s Artist in the Comic Book medium — “Dave Stevens: Drawn to Perfection”

Dave Stevens is one of those names whispered in awe among comic book cognoscenti. Because the people in the know know — his peers, collectors, the most fanatical fans. He was “a once in a lifetime artist,” an exemplar who … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Bruce’s Farewell Trilogy? “Detective Knight: Redemption”

Sad state of affairs, reviewing any Bruce Willis film these days. You sit with pen poised, waiting to hear if they give him a single line of dialogue. He’s going out with a quickie “instant” trilogy, most of which won’t … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Brittany Snow and Justin Long spend “Christmas with the Campbells” in Ketchum

“Christmas with the Campbells” is a soft-and-squishy Christmas rom-com that tries ever-so-hard to be “edgy” when it oh-so-obviously isn’t. Yes, there’s amusement in seeing that effort. Some. I mean, Justin Long attempting a folksy drawl as the outdoorsy nephew to … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Julianne Moore and Finn Wolfhard star in Jesse Eisenberg’s “When You Finish Saving The World*

A24 picked up this writing and directing turn from Eisenberg after it made a splash at Sundance. A kid seeking online “validation,” a mother feeling cut off. “When You Finish Saving the World” hits theaters in late January.

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