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Movie Review: M. Night Can’t quite put the pieces back together for “Glass”

It’s unclear how much forethought M. Night Shyamalan gave to tying his “Unbreakable” anti-heroes to the multi-personality psychopath of “Split.” And asking him is pointless, because filmmakers lie. But the upshot of “Glass” is that parking James McAvoy‘s “Horde” of … Continue reading

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Preview –“Spider-Man: Far from Home”

This is the international trailer to Tom Holland’s latest turn as “Your friendly neighbhood Spider-Man.” A villain returns, Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrives, with Zendaya, Marisa, Samuel L. Cobie and Favreau reprising their roles within “The Universe.” Director Jon Watts returns … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Jamie Lee Curtis and Tika Sumpter weigh what “An Acceptable Loss” might be

“An Acceptable Risk” is “Scandal” with less sex and fewer fireworks. Almost no fireworks, to be honest. It’s a somber, chatty political thriller about a guilt-ridden ex-National Security Advisor, her stalker and the government security apparatus she left behind, which … Continue reading

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Next Screening? M. Night’s “Glass”

The earliest reviews have not been kind. This tying together of “Unbreakable” and “Split” into a trilogy, with McAvoy, Willis and the Laurence Olivier of his Age, Samuel L. (As in, “Anything for a buck, at this stage.”) here to … Continue reading

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Critics Choice Awards — Do we now have our official “Oscar favorites” in every category?

The answer to that headline? “Maybe.” Alfonso Cuaron (above) is the best director favorite. And as “Best directors direct best pictures,” that makes “Roma” the best picture favorite. But the Critics Choice Awards, handed out by the Broadcast Film Critics … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Chuck Wepner, “The Brawler,” was the boxer who inspired “Rocky”

It’s not a backhanded compliment to say Zach McGowan of “Black Sails,” “The Walking Dead” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is entirely too good-looking to play the boxer Chuck Wepner. He doesn’t look like a mug, no hint of the beaten … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “I Hate Kids”

The high-higher-highest hopes engendered by titling your comedy “I Hate Kids” are pretty much dashed by this sentimental romp that never romps. Joke by groaning joke, scene by clunky, unfunny scene, it’s a DOA farce that wastes another vampy turn … Continue reading

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Movie Review: In Troubled Times, “The Kid Who Would be King” pulls the Sword from the Stone

The tweenage characters in “The Kid Who Would be King” freely acknowledge that they’re living through an endless story, “The Hero With a Thousand Faces,” they’d say — if they were reading Joseph Campbell at 12.” “We’re Han and Chewy, … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: “Upside” hits $19.6, “Dog’s Way” wags to $11, “Replicas” repli-can’t

A decent Thursday and big Friday were enough to give STX its first-ever weekend win at the box office. The studio best known for the “Bad Moms” movies, and “Second Act” and “Molly’s Game” (their lone “upmarket” title, before this) … Continue reading

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Preview, a terrorist attack is remembered at the “Hotel Mumbai”

Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Jason Issacs, Nazanin Boniadi, Anupam Kher and Natasha Liu Bordizzo star in this Mar.22 release, a nail-biting thriller built around the terrorist takeover of the Taj Mahal Hotel in November of 2008, part of a series of Pakistani backed assaults on Mumbai. Of course, it’s a … Continue reading

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