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I was never a big fan of Rex Harrison’s British musical version, and Eddie Murphy’s contemporary American take on “Dr. Doolittle” was funny and cute in its own way, but at least both stars maintained a certain presence on screen. more
War itself has always been brutal, but the Industrial Revolution helped create a horrifying meat grinder during this "war to end all wars." The machines created to destroy human bodies during the first World War (1914-1918) were made even more effective because medics had no way to cope with the volume much less the severity of destruction. But, still, men, and boys, marched off to fight, starched with visions of glory. more
What would you think if the Son of God reappeared in our midst? Today? In the Middle East? Would we even recognize Him, understand His message, or would we dismiss Him as just another cult leader or charlatan? more
You have to give a lot of credit to director Greta Gerwig. Not only did she helm one of the best cinema adaptations (among many) of Louisa May Alcott’s 19th century semi-autobiographical novel, she was also pregnant while shooting it and went into labor the day after she turned in her first rough cut of the movie. more
Just what is the "Star Wars" universe trying to teach us? Is it that Wookiees are incredibly loyal, fierce and loveable friends? Or, that brave freedom fighters will always give their lives for a just cause? Or, that evil will never die and that a gigantic armada of Imperial Star Destroyers can be built in secret by a cranky old relative? more
The idea behind "Jumanji" was always a brilliant conceit: A game that literally drags players into it, posing various life-threatening and crazy challenges until they are forced to hit certain goals and the final moves are achieved. more
Clearly, director Kasi Lemmons had a monumental weight thrust upon her shoulders to depict the life and times of American hero Harriet Tubman (1822-1913). In every scene, one feels the director's intense desire to "get it right" because the world would certainly judge every frame and utterance for their authenticity and faithfulness to this important, yet largely unknown, historical figure. more
This one might seem like a low budget production as it opens, but there are no credits so you don’t know who’s in it at first or even what it’s called. This is a clever way of ... more
Lightning rarely strikes twice in animated movies, and now with the “Disney Princess Movie” imprint to uphold, the motive to electrify audiences for the new “Frozen II” movie is even more imperative ... more
The new car racing film "Ford v Ferrari" by James Mangold is a well-designed bit of semi-macho fluff based upon a real life rivalry ... more
They killed a kid — not just haul him off-screen to so something unseen and unspeakable. No, they showed his terror, and the blood, and the torture. more
While we may not have been “psychedelized” as the Chambers Brothers suggested, the past can be tricky and so can the future. That’s why remembering ... more
Because part of "Zombieland: Double Tap" involves a pilgrimage to Graceland, I thought it might be fun to rattle off a bunch of Elvis-related non sequiturs ... more
Will Smith actually plays his age, 51, in director Ang Lee’s action thriller “Gemini Man,” but given the level of CGI and stunt double agility exhibited by his character, you’re probably supposed to think, “Dang, he looks pretty good for an old guy.” more
Julian Fellowes has created quite a little industry cataloguing the manners and accoutrement of British aristocracy circa 1920s via his popular television show, “Downton Abbey.” more
In the new movie directed by Gary Gray, “Ad Astra” (“to the stars” in Latin), Brad Pitt stars as Roy McBride, a straight-ahead astronaut borne of “The Right Stuff” era when test pilots were chosen for their nerves of steel ... more
It isn’t often that a modern film features a 13-year-old boy choosing refinement over the stereotypical horndog antics of ... more
Horror author Stephen King knows what scares us because he knows what hurts. It's the key to his success. He makes horror a personal experience ... more
I hate movies about dogs. Not because I think they’re intrinsically all bad. I just know dogs and for all the love and attention we give them, fate more
The filthy rich Le Domas family likes to play games. In fact their wealth is derived from the board games and other amusements in which their patriarch invested generations ago ... more
There’s a weird kind of formula producer Seth Rogan and his pals have worked out. It goes like this: Write an extremely rude, crude and raunchy comedy ... more
A big budget feature like “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” might not have played as well if it was adapted from the book series back in the 1980s when they came out ... more
Back in 2001 when the ‘Fast and Furious” franchise started, the stakes were simple ... more
The year 1969 was when the hippie-free-love-Age of Aquarius came to a horrifying end with the vicious Tate-LaBianca murders, all by a group of violent hippies known as the Charles Manson Family. It actually was the capper. more
Emmy-nominated filmmaker Nick Mollé says his latest "Nature of the Beasts" is a love song to the Rocky Mountain National Park. It is also a clever word play alluding to … more
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