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Bill Paxton: 1955-2017

It’s a real shock to learn of Bill Paxton’s untimely death — he was just 61 — due to a post-heart-surgery stroke.  The Fort Worth native got his start, alongside his lifelong pal, James Cameron, in the low-budget world of … Continue reading

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“Moonlight” gets its just desserts — Indie Spirit wins

“Moonlight” was the big winner at last night’s Independent Spirit Awards. And for my money, that’s where this splendid film belonged in the accolades arena all along. Indie in origin, indie in casting (save for Naomie Harris), indie in feel. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Ham and horsepower help “Collide”

  It’s a stupid, ill-plotted heist picture, but “Collide” does have its moments. Start with the car chases. Sure, some of the sprints through the narrow streets of rural Germany look as if they were staged at half-speed and sped-up … Continue reading

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Today’s screening: “Groundhog Day” goes grim and teen-friendly in “Before I Fall”

Those immortals among us, teens, get a taste of mortality and what to do with the one life you get in “Before I Fall.” Zoey Deutch stars in this repeat-your-last-day over and over drama, which opens March 3. Which means … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Get Out” replaces “LEGO,” “Rock Dog” bombs

The smartest horror movie in ages — one with a satiric edge and political bite one with a satiric edge and political bite — owns the box office this weekend. “Get Out” rolled up almost $2 million Thursday night, blew … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Toni Erdmann

There’s a reason one hears little about the screen comedy of Germany, and it becomes obvious in the last two hours and forty minutes of “Toni Erdmann,” Germany’s contender for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: China throws a lot of money at “Rock Dog,” lands not a single laugh

A sheep dog abandons the family business — protecting the flocks of his Tibetan village — to seek fame and power chords in the Big City in “Rock Dog,” a Chinese cartoon based on a Chinese comic book. How do … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Arthur Miller’s masterpiece hits close to home for Tehran couple in “The Salesman”

“Culture clash” is an over-familiar trope of the movies, having fun with the differences between peoples. Culture connection is a rarer bird, showing how the timeless dramas and comedies of literature speak universal truths. “The Salesman,” Iran’s Best Foreign Language … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Get Out” is horror with serious satiric bite

The warning is a just a joke between brothers. But since the “brothers”  aren’t actually siblings, it’s loaded with racial bite and edge. “Don’t GO to a white girl’s parents’ house!” Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is successful NYC photographer, and Rod … Continue reading

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Terrence Malick teases us again with “Song to Song”

I think of American auteur Terrence Malick as Lucy, holding that football in front of Charlie Brown (us). Over and over again. Since the onanistic and over-rated “Tree of Life,” I’ve given up on him. Even “Thin Red Line,” which … Continue reading

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