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Box Office: ‘Jumanji 2’ $60, ‘Richard Jewell’ bombs, ‘Black Xmas’ in the red

Three movies not worth your time opened wide this weekend. Only one paid off. “Jumanji: The Next Level” outperformed expectations with a whopping $60 million take. “Frozen 2,” finally dethroned, came in a distant second in the mid-teens. Clint Eastwood’s … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “THE WAVE” continues the great Justin Long comeback

A thriller with good buzz, and an annoying voice over narration? Corporate attorney ingests the wrong drug, and his paranoid world flips upside down.

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Movie Preview: Daniel Radfliffe is “the white Mandela” ready to “ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA”

This Spring release (in the UK) stars Radcliffe as Tim Jenkin, and Ian Hart ad is the true (ish) story of white South Africans working with the African National Congress during Apartheid, and imprisoned for it “Escape from Pretoria” is … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Alfre Woodard’s turn in “Clemency” is Oscar-worthy

In her forty years on the screen, nobody has been better at “making it real” than Alfre Woodard.  So don’t drop in on “Clemency” expecting histrionics. She plays a prison warden at a penitentiary with a crowded Death Row, and … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Jumanji’ explodes, but “Richard Jewell” is the bomb

Estimates on the opening weekend take of a middling “Jumanji” sequel were in the $40-$44 million range, and appear to be on the low side. If Saturday is anything like Thursday night and Friday, it could hit $50 million. The … Continue reading

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Next screening? “Spies in Disguise”

Saturday mornings are the most popular time to preview upcoming kid films. Studios like to pack a theater with kids, their parents and film reviewers so that those of us writing about movie get a taste of how it plays … Continue reading

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The other “Real” hero in the “Richard Jewell” story

The newspaper treated as the villain in Clint Eastwood and screenwriter Billy Ray’s warped, wingnut friendly movie, was no such thing. They were the first to report the fact that he could not have done it. Go to the link … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “6 Underground,” let’em stay there

Quick show of hands, who among you got through “6 Underground,” I mean ALL the way through it? Because I was ready to give up, ten minutes in. I may be a big Ryan Reynolds fan, but even I have … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “A Hidden Life” ponders how one confronts evil in Hitler’s Reich

Breathtakingly beautiful, poetic, soulful and chillingly topical, Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Place” searches for righteousness in a time when cruelty and evil are the popular will. This dream fugue of a movie is three hour meditation on the bravery of … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Let’s keep “Black Christmas” in the dark

Love just LOVE that Imogen Poots. Even if there is no way that line will ever NOT be funny. An actress who has made interesting choices ever since “V for Vendetta,” “Me and Orson Welles” and “28 Weeks Later” put … Continue reading

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