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BOX OFFICE: “Mamma Mia” and “Equalizer” sequels overperform, “Unfriended 2” bombs

Pulling together lesser known ABBA songs and flinging the writer of “Love Actually” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral” at the script paid off for Universal as a somewhat played “Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again” isn’t going “Andante, Andante” … Continue reading

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Documentary Review, “King Cohen” celebrates the Master of Exploitation Cinema

He didn’t like “getting permission,” signing up for filming permits. So when writer/director/producer Larry Cohen needed a scene of comic Andy Kaufman in the company of a lot of cops, he dressed Kaufman as an NYPD uniform, shoved him into … Continue reading

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Preview, “Godzilla 2” aka “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” with Millie Bobby You-Know-Who

Much soiled underwear re-soiling at Comic Con over this nonsense. But here you go. 

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Preview, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”

Late getting to this. Am I the first to say, “Are they KIDDING?” No Noomie, no Rooney, no Stieg Larrson original novel, no reason to exist. November, this hits the fan. 

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Preview, Are we finally going to get “Assassination Nation” in a theater, for reals?

“Assassination Nation,” a little social media satire, generation gap satire, minority rule satire, what happens when the REST of the country gets guns satire. Kind of where we’re headed. don’t ya think? Sept. 21, we’ll see how politically loaded this … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Father of the Year” asks, “Is David Spade still a thing?”

Mean headline, but after “Joe Dirt,” it’s no less than aged snarkling David Spade deserves. Netflix’s ongoing “Saving Cinemas from Adam Sandler & Friends” project puts Spade in another “Joe Dirt” variation, as a bad dad in Deerfield, New Hampshire. … Continue reading

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WEEKEND MOVIES: Mixed reviews for “Mamma Mia 2,” pans for “Equalizer 2,” “Unfriended 2,” but “Mamma” will own “Ant-Man”

None of the three wide releases opening this weekend moved the Metacritic meter well into positive (over 60%) territory. “Mixed” reviews for “Equalizer 2,” “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” (“Mamma Mia 2”) and “Unfriended: The Dark Web” (“Unfriended 2”) … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Equalizer 2”

Denzel Washington may be in the Liam Neeson “man with particular skills” stage of his leading man carer, older, not so much “getting the girl” anymore as “getting his man. But charisma and old-fashioned talent, what we glibly file under … Continue reading

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Movie Review — “Unfriended: Dark Web”

A tip of the top hat to Stephen Susco, writer-director of the squirm-inducing horror sequel “Unfriended: Dark Web.”  He’s engineered a real-time Facebook-era tale of tech-savvy yet hapless young people hacked, tormented and terrorized when one of their number comes across … Continue reading

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Preview, Jenny from the Block strikes a blow for working class “street smarts” with “Second Act”

What tea leaves is Jennifer Lopez reading that parked her in a “Working Girl” style comedy about “faking it until you make it?” Answered my own question there, didn’t I? “Second Act” is about people who missed out on education … Continue reading

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