Category Archives: Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news

Movie Preview: Disney animates a “Strange World”

Jake Gyllenhaal, Gabriel Union, Dennis Quaid, Lucy Liu — few big voice names, a Thanksgiving release. Looks ok, derivative but OK.

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BOX OFFICE: “Darling” doesn’t make Styles a screen star, “Woman King” holds, “Avatar” returns big

“Don’t Worry Darling” did preview numbers that matched those of “The Woman King” a week ago –about $3.1 million. But Olivia Wilde’s critically-panned, bad-buzzed sci fi “Stepford” thing had IMAX previews earlier in the week, and opened earlier on Thursday … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A Farrelly Brother and Zac Efron set out on “The Greatest Beer Run Ever”

Peter Farrelly’s luck had to run out. The director who made his name with farces, who got Oscar glory for turning sentimental, serious and only occasionally silly with “Green Book,” gives us his take on Vietnam with another dramedy inspired … Continue reading

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The Oddest Tune in “The Greatest Beer Run Ever?”

It’s a Vietnam War movie, so of course there’s a soundtrack packed with 1960s pop and rock — “Cherish” (badly used) to “Let It All Hang Out,” it’s not “Good Morning, Vietnam,” but “The Greatest Beer Run Ever” does blow … Continue reading

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James Earl Jones retires, signs over rights to that sonorous voice to LucasFilm Ltd

There’s a sweet twist to this sad news, that James Earl Jones has retired. Vanity Fair makes it official, the great man with the singular voice is hanging it up at 91. But Lucasfilm is passing a last big check … Continue reading

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Today’s DVD donation? “Moon, 66 Questions” comes to the New Smyrna Beach Library

I remember reviewing this one, but I had to look it up before passing it on to a public library that I either pass, visit or stop to do some writing in. came out early last summer. And while I … Continue reading

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Next screening? “The Railway Children Return”

The beloved children’s film earns a reboot, with original star Jenny Agutter back some half a century later. Let’s hope this sentimental WWII era drama still plays.

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Classic Film Review: Dunaway, Palance and George C. Scott tangle over “Oklahoma Crude” (1973)

A couple of things stick in the memory about “Oklahoma Crude,” a downbeat Western “action comedy” (lots of shooting and blowing stuff up) from the cinema’s filmmaker of conscience, director and producer Stanley Kramer. The “boomer” theme music by Henry … Continue reading

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Movie Review: How the Other Half Parties leads to “Pretty Problems”

“Mumblecore” as a movie genre is pretty much gone, but it survives in spirit in a daft little laugher titled “Pretty Problems,” a comedy scripted by its cast and that taps into that relative deprivation thing that the social media … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Some titles just sell themselves, “Kids vs. Aliens”

This is the Fantastic Fest teaser for this RLJE/Shudder release, date TBD.

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