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Movie Review: “The Only Living Boy in New York”

A woman bedding both a father and a son has long been a staple of romantic melodramas, and even romantic comedies. So is there any edge left to it, anything new Hollywood can bring to the table on this subject? … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The future will be analog and typewritten according to “California Typewriter”

Smith-Coronas had this delicate touch. Rush your words and the keys would clump like gravy going wrong in the pan. Underwoods, Royals? You could pound those behemoths with passion, forcing out angry words that threatened to punch through the page. … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Peter Dinklage goes gumshoe in “Rememory”

Here’s what I remember, sitting poolside at the Hotel Intercontinental in Toronto, trying to get through an interview with the breakout “new” star of the movie “The Station Agent” during the Toronto Film Festival some years back. And we kept … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Brigsby Bear”

Kudos to Kyle Mooney, who used his “Saturday Night Live” fame to make a movie that’s nothing like your typical “Saturday Night Live” movie. “Brigsby Bear” may be slight and gimmicky, but it’s nothing like the goofball character contraptions that … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Reynolds, Jackson yuk it up between bloodbaths in “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is a buddy action comedy that passes chemistry, masters physics — the chases and fights are epic — and then stumbles into all these off-the-curriculum potholes. It’s morally indefensible — glibly dispatching hundreds of killers, cops and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Is “The Trip to Spain” a Trip too many?

I love Spain and love these guys — Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon and director Michael Winterbottom. If anyone’s going to get a kick out of two master mimics and comic improvisers eating, driving, bickering and trying out their Roger Moore … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Childhood seems magical in a non-Disney way in”The Florida Project”

Sean Baker did the hilarious, street-wise and super cheap (shot on cell phones) “Tangerine,” and now that he’s got fame and enough money to shoot a “proper” film — with a real movie star in his cast (as if anybody … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Korean-American brothers ride out racism and the 1992 LA riots in “Gook”

Whatever America wants to think of itself, pushing that “melting pot” myth for generations, damned if most of us don’t go straight for the race card when we can’t think of a legitimate reason to dislike somebody. That was never … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Soderbergh’s comeback craps out in “Logan Lucky”

So Steven Soderbergh makes his big screen “comeback” a caper comedy that characters within it dismiss as “Oceans 7-11.” He’s got his “Magic Mike” in the lead, with 2015’s hot ticket Adam Driver, an Elvis grand-daughter, a country singer, a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Korean history turns on the efforts of “A Taxi Driver”

“A Taxi Driver” is a Korean epic, a tipping point in the history of South Korea. A little old-fashioned and a touch melodramatic, it’s still a compelling Korean “Year of Living Dangerously.” South Korean cinemas’ Everyman, Kang-ho Song  (“The Host,” “Thirst,” … Continue reading

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