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Movie Preview: The horrors facing and caused by “The Righteous”

June 10, making religion, and black and white cinema, scary again.

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Movie Review: Nothing much happens when you’re trapped in a “Spin State”

“Spin State” is a paranoid British thriller about a disturbed private eye who finds himself investigation a scientist who might have some clues about the source of his disturbance. But as we follow Kline (Jamie Robson) as he tails and … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: “Dr. Strange” prescribed another $61, “Firestarter” flames out at $3.8

A steep falloff didn’t mean the utter collapse of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” A $61 million weekend shows just how much you can get with a whopping 67% falloff, if the opening weekend is big enough. “Firestarter” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Doesn’t take much cash to film a “Ninja Badass”

“Ninja Badass” is a no-budget novelty, a midnight movie splatter comedy that kind of picks up where “The Foot Fist Way” left off. Writer-director and star Ryan Harrison mashes up kung fu sorcery — no character in it can keep … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Life After College is a test that you can “Cha Cha Real Smooth” — apparently.

A “party starter” played by a chap named Cooper Raiff finds love…Dakota Johnson? There’s a moony swooning period piece quality to it. Leslie Mann plays the too-understanding mom waiting for sonny boy to grow up and get a real job. … Continue reading

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Documentary Review — “Echoes of the Empire: Beyond Genghis Khan” looks at historic and modern Mongolia

The filmmakers who gave us the Southeast Asia/Then and Now documentaries “They Call It Myanmar” and “Angkor Awakens” move north for their latest film. “Echoes of the Empire: Beyond Genghis Khan” gives us a summary of Mongolian history and samples … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Rebel Wilson has her “Senior Year” moment

Sure, she’s a bit rusty. But even in her post “Cats” despair, Rebel Wilson should’ve known that 113 minutes of her going back to high school was never going to fly. Here’s the test that will tell you whether or … Continue reading

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Classic Film Review: Aerial Combat the Analog Way — “The Blue Max” (1966)

In a couple of days, I finally have a preview screening of “Top Gun: Maverick” that I can get to. And even though I expect to be dazzled by the aerial epic built around Tom Cruise, known for wanting to … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: A Classic from a more Graceful Era in Tennis returns — “The French” (1982)

In the years since William Klein’s intimate “all access” tennis documentary “The French” came out, it’s been somewhat displaced as the definitive statement on that glorious era in tennis — the late’70s through the mid-’80s. “John McEnroe: In the Realm … Continue reading

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Movie Review: An Offer you MUST refuse — “The Godfather Buck”

If I hadn’t looked the director’s filmography, with titles like “Amityville Uprising” and the biker-chick thriller “Nation’s Fire,” I’d have leapt to some pretty seriously misguided conclusions about “The Godfather Buck,” a rich brothers hunting and bonding and sharing drama … Continue reading

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