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Movie Review: “Mortal Engines” go into cardiac arrest

Well, it’s something to see. Producer (and co-screenwriter) Peter Jackson always makes sure of that. The surprising thing about the film of Phillip Reeve’s “Mortal Engines,” essentially a movie about roving, bulldozing cities that devour small towns, is how long this … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Once Upon a Deadpool”

  You had to go and do it, didn’t ya? Burn through ol’Deadpool’s pool of goodwill with a joke taken too far, a shameless money-grab for the holidays. The trailers were the highlight of “Once Upon a Deadpool,” a “Princess Bride” … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: “Islam and the Future of Tolerance”

It’s a conundrum faced on many a political talking heads show. How do you fight Islamic extremism without violence? How do you have a debate about a faith whose adherents have historically used it for violence (not that they were … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Elle goes trashy and on the road to “Galveston”

We hold these critical truths to be self-evident, and we hold them close to the heart. That every Ben Foster performance has value, and by extension, every film he makes is worth chewing over. That Elle Fanning has few peers … Continue reading

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Preview, Toronto sleeper “The Standoff at Sparrow Creek” comes our way Jan 19

A militia nut movie with an edge. James Badge Dale, Brian Geraghty, Patrick Fischler, Chris Mulkey, Happy Anderson and Robert Aramayo star in “The Standoff at Sparrow Creek,” which is getting VOD release Jan. 19.

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Next screening? “Once Upon a Deadpool” — UNLESS there’s Nickelback involved.

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Preview, Netflix spends heist picture bucks on Affleck, Isaac, Pascal, Hunnam and Hedlund — “Triple Frontier”

Pretty promising genre picture,  from J.C. Chandor and screenwriter (“Zero Dark Thirty”) Mark Boal. They filmed “Triple Frontier” in Colombia, and spared no expense in who they hired for the job. This is a fictional variation on that long-planned Mark … Continue reading

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Preview, Elizabeth Banks raises a monster in “Brightburn”

“He’s not like us.” You don’t say. The frights from the scary kid this rural couple “found” come our way Memorial Day, when “Brightburn” reaches theaters.   

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Movie Review: Dafoe’s Van Gogh suffers, exults “At Eternity’s Gate”

Rarely has an actor’s “baggage” served him better in a role than Willem Dafoe’s has in bringing Vincent Van Gogh to the screen in “At Eternity’s Gate.” Soulful and wounded, testy and potentially dangerous — those are the hallmarks of … Continue reading

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Movie Review — Into the blurred murk of “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse”

  Yes, that’s how it’s supposed to look. And no, Sony Animation should not have let “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse” out its doors and onto big screens in this blurred, jerky, pixelated condition. No kidding, six minutes into it, I … Continue reading

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