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‘Logan Lucky’ Review: Channing Tatum & Game Cast Steal Lots Of Laughs In Soderbergh’s Directorial Return

Four years after announcing his “retirement” from directing feature films, Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh is back behind the camera for another big-screen movie. But this time he is in total control overseeing the marketing and distribution in addition to directing, editing (as Mary Ann Bernard) and acting as his own cinematographer (under the pseudonym Peter Andrews) of the cool Southern heist film Logan Luckywhich some already have dubbed “Ocean’s 7-Eleven.” And what… Read

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‘The Glass Castle’ Review: Woody Harrelson Delivers Career-Best Performance In Touching True Family Story

Catching up after vacation, I saw The Glass Castle at my local multiplex; it had opened over the weekend after just one advance press screening (at least that I was invited to last week when I wasn’t here). Why Lionsgate kept a movie starring recent Oscar winner Brie Larson, Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson from a bestselling memoir by Jeanette Walls (played by Larson in her later years) under such a relatively low profile is a mystery to me — as is its mid-August doldrums… Read

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‘The Only Living Boy In New York’ Review: Sexy Fun For Adults Sick Of Summer Blockbusters

This smart, sexy and sophisticated entertainment for grownups sick of typical summer Hollywood fare verges on melodrama in parts but delivers some sensational fun thanks to a uniformly superb cast. Although The Only Living Boy in New York (a title taken from the Simon and Garfunkel song) has stars including Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, Kate Beckinsale and Cynthia Nixon, among others, it is anchored by the lesser-known British actor Callum Turner (Assassin’s Creed)… Read

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‘The Defenders’ Review: Krysten Ritter & Sigourney Weaver Strong In Team-Up

Full of martial arts mysticism, mayhem, sharp one-liners, comic relief and fight scenes that deliver exactly the punch you expect, the August 18 launching of Marvel's The Defenders is a very watchable and bingeable superhero team-up from the comic giant and Netflix that will transport you to a besieged NYC for the weekend. As you surely know unless you have been living under a rock the past few months, the eight-episode limited series brings together almost the almost… Read

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‘Annabelle: Creation’ Review: They Finally Get It Right For This Living Doll

Although I didn’t love 2013’s The Conjuring, the generally well-regarded first film in this new Conjuring Universe of horror movies, I had high regard for its sequel last year. The Conjuring 2 was sophisticated for the genre and completely believable. And now, as I say in my video review (click the link above to watch), I find myself thinking the same thing about the sequel to 2014’s abysmal Annabelle called Annabelle: Creation The origin story of the demonic doll, who… Read

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‘The Dark Tower’ Review: Stephen King Fans Can Be Thankful Idris Elba Is Here To Save The World – And The Movie

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I have not read any of the eight books in Stephen King’s massive fantasy series The Dark Towerand I also have to confess I haven’t been paying a whole lot of attention to the apparent difficulties filmmakers like J.J. Abrams and Ron Howard had over the years in trying to crack the cinematic code of this story. As circumstance would have it, I also saw this film without much advance warning, so I didn’t have time to do my homework and prepare myself for the lore as… Read

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‘Comrade Detective’ & ‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’ Review: Channing Tatum’s Cold War Satire Scores, Camp Firewood Sequel Sours

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later from Netflix and Amazon's Comrade Detective certainly have a few things in common: both launch tomorrow, boast star-studded casts, and feature Ronald Reagan. However, where they differ is that the Channing Tatum- and Joseph Gordon-Levitt led Comrade Detective is a highly watchable satire and witty simulacra of what claims to be an overdubbed Romanian cop show from the early 1980s. On the other hand, the latest Wet Hot is distinctly… Read

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‘The Sinner’ Review: Not Much Virtue In Jessica Biel & Bill Pullman Series

Premiering tomorrow on USA Network and adapted from Petra Hammesfahr's 2007 novel of the same name, The Sinner unfortunately lacks a certain virtue in today's crowded television environment. It stars Jessica Biel as a young mother who suddenly stabs a man to death while at the beach with her family and Bill Pullman as the rough around the edges and no saint himself detective determined to find out why before it is too late. The eight-episode series from Derek Simonds has… Read

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‘Mr. Mercedes’ Review: Bloody Good Stephen King Series Worth The Ride

Premiering August 9 on Audience, Mr. Mercedes starts with a stomach-heaving opening of extreme and unsettling violence, but the 10-episode series based on Stephen King’s 2014 novel proves to be good ride that’s well worth taking. Part of that comes from the David E. Kelley-showrun and Jack Bender-directed show soon settling in for a slow-burn approach that puts all the pieces and players in place, as I say in my video review above. Part of the very satisfying TV also… Read

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‘Manhunt: Unabomber’ Review: Sam Worthington & Paul Bettany Are Riveting

Debuting on August 1 with a two-hour premiere, Discovery's excellent and riveting Manhunt: Unabomber probes the real story of how Ted Kaczynski's 17-year reign of terror was finally brought to an end. Having killed three people and injuring nearly two dozen in mail bomb attacks spanning 1978-1995, the child prodigy, Harvard grad and anti-tech Kaczynski was snared by the FBI in 1996. As the eight-episode first installment of Manhunt depicts, two years later the man known… Read

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‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power’ Review: Al Gore Back & More Vital Than Ever

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Climate change deniers be damned. Former Vice President Al Gore is back taking his message of the increasing dangers of global warming — and possible solutions to the problems — directly to moviegoers in a rich and human sequel to his 2006 double-Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. That movie led to a Nobel Peace Prize for his determined efforts to warn of Earth’s eventual demise if something is not done to stem the tide(s). This time around, original… Read

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‘Atomic Blonde’ Review: Charlize Theron Kicks Ass, But Spy Action Thriller Has More Fight Than Bite

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Move over Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson, there’s a new kickass woman ready to deliver a knockout punch to any man in her way. In the spirit of female action-driven movies like Lucy, Wanted, Salt and La Femme Nikita comes Atomic BlondeOf course Charlize Theron, recently in Mad Max and to a much lesser extent in The Fate Of The Furious, has displayed a no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners attitude in proving she can serve up this kind of entertainment as well as any… Read