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Preview, It’s back to The Overlook Hotel for “Doctor Sleep” — shades of “The Shining”

This couldn’t be “The Shining” sequel nobody really asked for, or could it? Horror editor turned director Mike Flanagan adapted Stephen King’s “Shining” and Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, the old Overlook — haunted as hell, still — and a November … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Recycled, anti-climactic “Toy Story 4” still tugs at the (heart) strings

The major thematic thread that ties all the “Toy Story” movies together is “a toy’s noblest purpose,” to entertain, teach and belong to a child. That fits neatly in the Disney and Disney/Pixar cartoon continuum, that an animated children’s film’s … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Tomorrow Man” meets “The Yesterday Woman”

He likes the way she shops. Something about the items the stranger picks up at the supermarket, the care she seems to take, the fact that she pays with cash convinces Ed to compliment Ronnie. “Strategic,” he says of her … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Shaft” goes retro in ways both funny and tin-eared

Back in the heyday of “blaxploitation” cinema, the men were men — laws unto themselves, righting social, racial and criminal wrongs with their fists and guns. Women were, well, objects of desire — conquests, helpless in the smouldering gaze of … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Scorsese, “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story”

By turns glorious and thrilling, revealing and well — mythic and fictional — Martin Scorsese’s “Rolling Thunder Revue” joins the ranks of epic concert tour documentaries, capturing a moment in American roots music and the icon who conjured it. Put … Continue reading

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Who will rule the Box Office this summer? Time to place your bets

Yeah, I know “summer” has moved up and up the calendar, thanks to climate change and Hollywood’s eagerness to jump start the blockbuster season. But we can’t count April, or shouldn’t. So leave those “Avengers” at home. And nothing that’s … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Men in Black: International” And Women…in Black

His code-name is “T,” in the “Men in Black” fashion. But in the London office, everybody calls him (Liam Neeson) “High T.” Get it? Good. That’s a rare thing, a joke that lands, even softly. And in his sage advice … Continue reading

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Netflixable? In music, film and politics, you don’t make a move without “The Black Godfather”

You might have heard the name, if you subscribe to Billboard. Maybe you caught him on “Soul Train,” just once. The last name he shared with Obama’s pick to be U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas, his daughter. He got a … Continue reading

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Next screening? “Men in Black: International”

Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson take over the franchise. New blood new life? We’ll see. The review embargo is 9am Wed. Which has now passed. HERE is my review.

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Documentary Review: DiCaprio and “Ice on Fire” sound the environmental alarm

It begins by decrying “the largest science experiment in history,” our 250 years of burning coal and oil in such quantities that we’ve warmed the atmosphere and the oceans, altering the climate of our fragile planet — perhaps, fatally. But … Continue reading

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