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Movie Review: It doesn’t cost much to make movie “Mayhem”

You never want to grade a movie on the curve, but where B, C or D movies are concerned, exceptions are made. “Mayhem” has two not-quite-names in the cast — star Steven Yeun, of “The Walking Dead,” and character actor … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Nuns suffer for their vocation in “Novitiate”

  The portrait that movies give us of nuns has long been out of date, disconnected from modern reality. Even the depictions of harsh Catholic school disciplinarians and secretive baby traders (“Philomena”) belong to an earlier era of starched habits … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Black Panther” trailer 2

More tech, more Africa, more costume. More sizzle? Not really. But one can sense the pent-up demand for this one swelling with each passing month. Not my genre, but I’m curious.

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Movie Review: A funny old broad reminds us to “Wait for Your Laugh”

 Rose Marie was a crucial comic cog in the well-oiled comedy machine that was “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and taught the dancing/singing/pratfalling Van Dyke comic timing. “Wait for your laugh!” She was the first woman to host a TV … Continue reading

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Movie Nation: Daniel Radcliffe braves rapids, rain and snakes in “Jungle”

  “Jungle” hurls characters into the wilds of Bolivia’s then-uncharted Tuichi River region for a harrowing and hallucinatory trek from the middle of nowhere to the suburbs of nowhere. It’s based on a true story, stars Daniel Radcliffe, and features … Continue reading

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Hollywood’s sexual harassment scandal just keeps growing

It started, just after Labor Day, with eruptions about has-been internet movie reviewing pioneer Harry Knowles and undenied allegations from the professionally (Hah!) unpleasant reviewer/programmer Devin Faraci. But that was followed by the A-bomb that the Harvey Weinstein story has … Continue reading

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Box Office: Blumhouse Breaks the House with “Happy Death Day,” “Foreigner” loses Green Card

A big Thursday night and a huge Friday have pushed box office predictions for the “Groundhog Day With a Slasher” Blumhouse offering, “Happy Death Day.” No name stars, a borrowed plot (“Before I Fall,” anyone?), not quite funny, not terribly … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Birthdays are all deja vu in “Happy Death Day”

  So “Happy Death Day” is a “Groundhog Day” knockoff with a dead teenager horror twist. Somebody gets to live and relive a day over and over again until he or she “gets it right.” And yeah, so what if … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Meyorwitz Stories” is a cut above the usual Adam Sandler Netflix movie

“The Meyorwitz Stories (New and Selected)” gives us an Adam Sandler removed from his natural habitat — lowbrow comedy — and divorced from the vast dead weight that is his onscreen entourage. There’s no David Spade, no Colin Quinn, no … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The “wingman” gets most of the skirt-chasing laughs in “Crash Pad”

The Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson may be in every other movie in theaters these days — “American Made” for example. And “Mother!” And “Goodbye, Christopher Robin.” But you’ve never seen him in anything remotely like “Crash Pad,” as a hapless … Continue reading

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