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BOX OFFICE: “Gentlemen” clear $11, $23 million behind “Bad Boys”

So it was “Bad Boys for Life” winning this third weekend in January at the box office, managing a robust $34 million, per Box Office Pro. “1917” cleared the $15.8 million mark. “Dolittle” earned $12.5 million. “THE GENTLEMEN” came on … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Incitement” condemns those who inspire an assassin

The intense but clean-cut young man slows his Beetle down at an Israeli Army checkpoint on a rainy night. He’s going to “the funeral” he says. When the soldier takes a breath to ask more questions, perhaps search the car, … Continue reading

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Do Oscar voters even watch the nominated movies?

In an interview with Variety, Carey Mulligan suggests Oscar Voters Need to Prove They’ve Seen the Movies. She has a point. I think most of the winners reflect a movie the Academy by and large has seen. It’s the films … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Campy Colombians discover “Loving is Losing (El que se Enamora Pierde)”

In one scene in the Colombian farce “Loving is Losing (El que se Enamora Pierde)” a misbehavior-prone masseuse (Carolina Sarmiento), prone to drugging her clients so she can goof off instead of actually giving massages, is seen watching a telenovela– … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Irresistible,” a film by Jon Stewart

Yes, THAT Jon Stewart. Rose Byrne and Steve Carell star in this May 29 political farce.

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Movie Review: Pappas meets Kroll in Korea — “Olympic Dreams”

While there’s a lot to be said for “sexual heat” in a screen romance, there’s nothing all that romantic about the slam-against-the-wall, bruising hurry that too many screenwriters (male, mostly) figure is “love language” in the movies. The ache of … Continue reading

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Next screening? Nick Kroll and Alexi Pappas have “Olympic Dreams”

Not every Valentine’s Day release is, well, romantic. There’s room for “bromance,” and dentist-patient bonding, too. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Athlete/non-athletic guy twice her age? We’ll see.

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BOX OFFICE: “Bad Boys” and “1917” roll, “Turning” turns over in its grave

The second weekend of a blockbuster is almost as telling as the first, in terms of its “legs” — its ability to sell tickets for a month or more. A good “hold” — the lower the percentage of ticket sales … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Turn of the Screw” becomes “The Turning”

It may be set in the post-Kurt Cobain suicide 1990s, but you don’t have to be an American Literature major to spy “The Turn of the Screw,” the novel by Henry James, in the Gothic horror film “The Turning.” The … Continue reading

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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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