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Box Office: “Christmas Party” opens healthy, “Miss Sloane” bombs — “Moana” rules

An interesting in-between weekend at the box office, as the animated juggernaut “Moana” wins another week, besting the raunchy R-rated comedy “Office Christmas Party.” But it was close, with “Moana” clearing $18 million ($145 million overall, not a world beater, … Continue reading

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Kirk Douglas turns 100 — worth a flashback

Today, as Kirk Douglas celebrates his 100th birthday, I thought I’d track back and re-post an interview/profile I did eight years ago, on the occasion of his “last” book, Let’s Face It. Here it is. Screen legend Kirk Douglas is 92 … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Could Portman steal Amy Adams’ Oscar with”Jackie”?

Maybe this is what we need, at the tail end of America’s “annus horribilis” — a really good cry. But “Jackie,” the new bio-pic built around Jacqueline Kennedy’s days of grief, shock and utter horror following the murder of her … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Man Down”

Say what you will about the not-late/far-from-great filmmaker Uwe Boll, but he never for one second in all his awful movies thought he was Martin Effing Scorsese. Dito Montiel can’t say the same. A delusional hack who must have the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Office Christmas Party”

Not to be a prude or anything, but what the hell has Hollywood done to Christmas comedies? Sure, “Bad Santa” was jarring and against the grain — a little dash of sweet, a whole bottle of dirty dysfunction. “The Night … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Abattoir”doesn’t live down to its title

When you title your horror movie “Abattoir” you’re building in certain…expectations. Lots of blood, for starters. And while there’s plenty of it in this adaptation of a comic book, there isn’t exactly a slaughterhouse full of it. Director Darren Lynn … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Incarnate” –an Exorcist, by any other name

His chewy supporting role as a has-been fight trainer in “Bleed for This” had us hoping that we’d seen the last of Aaron Eckhart slumming in horror’s “Poverty Row” productions. But no. “I Frankenstein” was but one paycheck picture. “Incarnate” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “A Kind of Murder” kind of bores

The late mystery novelist Patricia Highsmith has long been a Hollywood favorite. Her novels became such cinema classics as “Strangers on a Train,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (and French film “Purple Noon”), “The Two Faces of January” and “Carol.” She … Continue reading

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Documentary Review — “The Bug: Life and Times of the People’s Car”

There’s probably not a whole lot the car crowd will learn from a documentary about the history and allure of the VW Beetle. But there are fresh facts and dollops of charm in Damon Ristou’s “The Bug: Life and Times … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Moana” skates ahead of “Frozen,” “Incarnate” bombs, Beatty’s a bust

Disney’s “Moana” only has Disney’s “Frozen” for ready comparison, as far as holiday animated blockbusters go, and it’s besting that Pixar-busting smash by 22% thus far in its run, according to Deadline.com.  The Polynesian “Moana” is over $122 million after … Continue reading

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