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A “Downton Abbey” sequel?

I laid out a couple of ideas for places to take the high toned soap opera in my review of “Downton Abbey: The Movie.” Now the production team is saying they hope they get another shop at this story, these … Continue reading

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Neflixable? Zach’s “Between Two Ferns: The Movie” takes a Victory Lap

It’s always been an act of revenge, this “Between Two Ferns” mock chat show that Zach Galfianakis brought to Funny or Die.com He has his revenge on a universe of folks who can’t pronounce his damned name. He gets even … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Your chance to see Mira Sorvino in a Western — “Badlands”

Kudos to whoever is serving his or her time as Trace Adkins’ agent. He’s getting a lot of screen work, considering what he has to offer film viewers. Kevin Makely stars in this, Bruce Dern has another role where he … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Deviant Love” defies its titillating title

Here’s a thriller that begins badly, descends into dull and rallies for a third act filled with “You’re kidding, right?” In “Deviant Love,” “Walking Dead” and “Dallas” reboot Emma Bell stars as a woman haunted by her childhood, rejected by … Continue reading

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Next screening? “ABOMINABLE”

The first wide release kiddie cartoon of the fall? It’s my Saturday outing. “Abominable” opens Sept. 27.

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Documentary Review: “Always in Season” digs into what might have been a modern-day lynching

For several years, just outside of Monroe, Georgia at a bridge on Moore’s Ford Road, they’ve been reenacting a horrific moment from the area’s past. On the anniversary of a 1946 lynching, black actors playing the four victims (one a … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: “Downton Abbey” blows up, and in a good way — $33 million opening weekend

As I said Thursday, pre-sales of “Downton Abbey” opening weekend tickets suggested a much MUCH bigger opening than the West Coast experts, working off market research provided by the studio and their own hunches, were saying. Variety, Deadline and Box … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Golden Boy” harks back to a Not-Golden age in Queer Cinema

Judas Priest, what CENTURY was “Golden Boy” filmed in? I don’t have to ask when it was conceived, as that is obvious and the answer is “In Ancient Times.” This injuriously eye-rolling gay coming-of-age melodrama harks back to the early … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Thora Birch and Chris Klein are in it for “The Competition”

Thora Birch (“Ghost World”) and Chris Klein (“American Pie”) are pretty far removed from their ’90s teen cinema heyday. But “The Competition,” a rom-com that pairs them up, has a hint of that era about it, even if it is … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Blake Lively needs Jude Law to help her form “The Rhythm Section”

Whatever the title suggests, this is a classic “January thriller.” There’s revenge and conspiracy, stars but not “box office” stars. Mark Wahlberg used to own January with pictures like this, action and violence as counter programming to the “awards season” … Continue reading

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