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Netflixable? The role-playing video game “NiNoKuni” becomes an anime film

The role-playing action/fantasy video game “NiNoKuni” earns an amusingly nonsensical screen “origin story,” thanks to Netflix. It’s faithful enough to the game — one supposes — to merit the interest of fans, and as it was directed by a “Spirited … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Goldie” has modeling/dancing dreams that crash into reality

A gritty, needy fever dream of New York “fame” comes our way Feb. 21.

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Netflixable? “Airplane Mode” riffs on Brazil’s fashionistas, influencers and cell phone addicts

“Airplane Mode” is a shiny little rom-com bauble from Brazil that strains and strains to find a laugh. It’s about cell phone addicts, “influencers,” fashion, family and finding love where the pace of life is a lot slower than in … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: “Gentlemen” have little chance against “Bad Boys,” will anybody turn out for “The Turning?”

Reviews for Guy Ritchie’s “The Gentlemen” have been on a par with “Bad Boys for Life.” It stars Oscar winner Matthew McConoughey, Hugh Grant, Michelle Dockery, Henry Golding, Colin Farrell and Charlie Hunnam — none of whom have the box … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A “priest” made in prison, “Corpus Christi”

The Best International Feature Film Oscar, formerly titled “Best Foreign Language Film,” is going to Korea’s “Parasite” this year. Bong Joon Ho’s social satire is the closest this thing year’s Academy Awards have to a sure thing. But Poland’s entry … Continue reading

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Movie preview: “Vitalina Varela”

Lisbon’s slums are the backdrop for a Pedro Costa’s acclaimed story of a woman from the Cape Verde Islands searching for traces of her late husband in this Feb. 20 release.

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Movie Review: Guy Ritchie loses a step with “The Gentlemen”

“The Gentlemen” is vintage Guy Ritchie, an old-fashioned/new-fangled mob tale of the “Snatch,” “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” Cockney comedy with lots of killing thrown in. None of this “Aladdin” nonsense. It’s “RocknRolla” — the entertaining but weak third … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Lovecraft meets Cage in a Richard Stanley film — “Color Out of Space”

Oh, how we’ve missed that Nic Cage. You know the one — bug-eyed and manic, screaming and profane, scary, unstable and violent. The B-movie king is in rare form in “Color Out of Space,” a sci-fi thriller that might have … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Zombi Child” takes the Living/Walking Dead back to their voodoo roots

I can’t be the only one who is over zombies. Totally. Over-exposed, slow-walking or sprinting, George A. Romero “Living Dead” or TV “Walking Dead,” just enough already. But if you see one zombie movie this year, here’s the one to … Continue reading

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No more Sir Bedivere, Rest in Peace, Terry Jones

Britain’s funniest comedy troupe just lost one of its most reliable laughs. Comic, director, mustache-wearer, cross-dresser, Medievalist, history buff and wicked wit Terry Jones has died. Time to rewatch “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” which he decreed and directed … Continue reading

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