Writer and actor Marlon Wayans, one of a sprawling family of Californians related somehow to “entertainment,” seems to have been the power behind the making of “50 Shades of Black.” So one attends this new movie with certain expectations. It will .
Sometimes the Disney operation may seem like a very friendly uncle who controls your inheritance. He’s hale, hearty, well-intended, and devoted to familiar formulas—clean living, family life, and interest in nature. It isn’t that you don’t .
There’s a new Western showing at the local movie theater. There are all sorts of interesting features of the new feature film “Jane Got a Gun,” including its contemporary but confusing meandering from one time frame, one region, and .
The day before the dark and stormy weather begins, a young American woman is driven to a large, remote Victorian house by a black cab. Inside the house she discovers lots of oak paneling and wood carving as she looks .
There’s a scene about a third of the way into Dan Mazer’s new comedy “Dirty Grandpa” that demonstrates almost everything there is to know about the run-up-to-the-wedding movie. Zach Ephron is playing Jason Kelly, the groom-to-be. He has .
The 2014 film “Ride Along” made my list of the worst movies of that year. It was an attempt to make a buddy comedy out of “Training Day,” with Ice Cube playing a less-corrupt version of Denzel Washington’s character and .
The “7 o’clock” Friday night showing of Michael Bay’s new movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” drew a large crowd. As it ran, most of them seemed to be immersed in the film’s effective and sometimes bloody .
Movie-goers can admire director Adam McKay (who usually does Will Farrell movies) for having taken the trouble to prove that film is a lousy medium for describing abstract concepts. Or they can damn him for having made the drowsy, ultimately .
Fifteen years ago we were given a terrific new horror film called “The Others,” staring Nichole Kidman as a woman living on one of Britain’s Channel Islands. Her children were essentially allergic to sunlight. I thought that movie was .
Disney’s first feature-length contribution to the roller coaster that is the “Star Wars” franchise hit theaters before Christmas 2015. The question of how a Star Wars severed from the creative input of the franchise’s creator, George Lucas, would stand .
Bob Howard, long-time manager of the movie theaters in Manhattan and Junction City, retired at the end of 2015. I remember a lot of incidents that occurred during his time on the job, including a break-in at Seth Childs Cinema, dollar .
Every year at about this time I write about the worst general release movies I saw in the previous year. The 2015 duds, I was surprised to realize, all tend to have one of a couple of major story-telling weaknesses. Either .
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