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Movie Review: “The Birth of a Nation”

If there’s a single good thing that has come out of the real-life rape controversy that has come to hang over Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation,” it is that is forces one and all to dispense with the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Queen of Katwe” has all the right (chess) moves

That grande dame of international cinema Mira Nair gives a gritty Third World texture to “Queen of Katwe,” a faith-based Disney drama about a poor, illiterate Ugandan who masters the lethal intricacies of chess. It’s a conventionally inspiring feel-good dramedy … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Nobody is on the fence about “Bad Santa 2”

The first film had its fans (Me) and detractors. Growing up in the South, I recognize in Billy Bob Thornton the true exemplar of cotton picking cussing, with every politically incorrect profane tirade delivered in a Drawl for the Ages. … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “20th Century Women” makes Jimmy Carter a prophet and Annette Bening a true believer

The latest from the director of “Beginners,” Mike Mills, puts Annette Bening and Billy Crudup and Greta Gerwig in the late 1970s, right in the middle of our “national malaise.” And finds heartfelt fun and wisdom in it. An odd … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Late Bloomer”

Stand-up comic, impressionist and actor Kevin Pollack steps behind the camera for “The Late Bloomer,” a sweet-spirited if slightly rude rom com masquerading as a sex comedy. It’s a little flat-footed, with the script-by-committee lacking the nimbleness you want in … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: It’s Franco vs. Slater in the gay porn murder tale “King Cobra”

“King Cobra” is “based on a true story” about a rivalry between two online porn video producers — played by Christian Slater and James Franco — feuding over a hot new “discovery” one of them controls. With those leads, and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Deepwater Horizon”

We’re entitled to a little skepticism when a movie titled “Deepwater Horizon” pitches itself as about “the heroes” of the worst oil spill disaster in U.S. history. Somebody, a lot of somebodies, screwed up. The consequences were dire for the … Continue reading

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“Trolls” — the early buzz turns uglier as the JT sountrack takes a beating

On the surface, it looks like the most cynical kids’ cartoon since those godawful “Barbie” straight to videos your little girls adored.. Still, “The Lego Movie” — they’d had years of practice making spoof videos — came off, so maybe … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Mag Seven” ride off with $37, “Storks” deliver $22+

Denzel Washington still packs an action picture punch, and Chris Pratt has another hit under his belt as “The Magnificent Seven” gallops off to a $37 million opening weekend, right in line with projections of what this remake built around … Continue reading

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Books the the Big Screen — So, what’s next?

  Killing time before a recent screening, I ducked into a Big Box Book Store and found myself stopping short at the vast collection of fiction and graphic novels bundled near the entrance. With every given week carrying news of … Continue reading

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