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Movie Review: Richard Dreyfuss wants to be an “Astronaut,” at HIS age?

It seems winded, right from the start. An air of wistful melancholia hangs over “Astronaut,” and even when the scenes with potential silliness show up, you can’t help but feel the filmmakers left laughs on the table. But, as they … Continue reading

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Preview, “Jojo Rabbit” is Wes Anderson-level weird — and quirky

Taika Waititi’s satire is like a Holocaust/Hitler Youth tale as envisioned by Wes Anderson? That’s my “hot take.” Mr. “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” puts the fun back in the Hun. Hitler. No, seriously. “Anti-hate” satire, Taika says. Oct. 18.  

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Netflixable? Sexual assault survivor clings to the idea that “All is Well (“Alles ist Gut”)

Janne is reserved, even on a good day. She goes along to get along, and only seems OK with the idea of moving from the big city (Munich) to an old farmhouse in Bavaria. Selling their flat, making arrangements with … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “See You Soon” is strictly “See You Later”

The soccer isn’t bad in “See You Soon.” But then, it’s not really about soccer. The Saint Petersburg locations are striking in all the most travelogue ways. But the romance at the heart of this Russo-American “Affair to Remember” is … Continue reading

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Preview, “HARRIET” may not be on the $20 bill, but she’s in theaters this November

Focus Features has this Cynthia Erivo/ Janelle Monae star vehicle/biography. Not a dazzling cast, at least in terms of name recognition, and the production values scream “Period piece for a low, low price. ” But it shows promise and is … Continue reading

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Oh yeah, some of us remember that “The Lion King” was plagiarized

Was wondering if anybody would bring this up. Again. From The Hollywood Reporter… “Disney still has some explaining to do in regards to that #TheLionKing vs. ‘Kimba the White Lion’ controversy” https://t.co/EtS38QjjRh https://twitter.com/THR/status/1153549327773683714?s=17

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Ridley Scott wraps up his career the way he started it, with a “Duel”

The venerable British action directing institution has cast Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as Medieval knights fighting “The Last Duel.” Who remembers Ridley’s debut feature? Sounds like a coda to me. https://t.co/C9O6Kbz5EE https://twitter.com/EW/status/1153463602541735936?s=17

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Netflixable? “Staged Killer”

“Staged Killer” — stupid title, for starters. It’s a thriller about stalking, murderous obsession and yes TV RATINGS in the live streaming era. But don’t go looking for a dark, daft reboot of “To Die For,” the movie that made … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Smart People” like Quaid, Sarah Jessica, Ellen Page and Thomas Haden Church should be able to find love, right?

  Smart people have the answers. Smart people are quick on their feet. They always have the right word on the tips of their tongues. But smart people can also be insufferably rude, intolerant, uncompromising, stand-offish. They can be pompous … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Jay Maisel’s eye for images is captured in “Jay Myself”

The Grand Old Man of Photography pushes his glasses back up on his nose, gestures with a non-existent cigar (for once) and speaks. “My entire philosophy can be summed up in two words. ‘Hey look!’” “Jay Myself” paints an affectionate, … Continue reading

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