Day: January 31, 2015

Film Review: ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’

January 31, 2015

As far as nautical nonsense goes, it’s hard to top the climax of 2004’s “The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie,” in which the fate of our heroes hinged on the density of David Hasselhoff’s leg hair. This year’s follow-up, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” may not quite equal those heights, but by doubling down on […]

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Tig’

January 31, 2015

On Aug. 3, 2012, standup comedian Tig Notaro scrapped the set she was planning to deliver at Los Angeles’ Largo theater and instead tried something more personal. “Hello, I have cancer,” she told the audience, launching into what has become a legendary performance. Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York’s warm, cable-ready “Tig” picks up where that […]

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Cop Car’

January 31, 2015

Maybe it wasn’t such a great idea for Kevin Bacon’s corrupt small-town sheriff to leave the keys inside his unlocked patrol car. And maybe he should have thought twice before tossing his gunbelt in the backseat and stuffing a beaten-and-bound criminal in the trunk. But all those bad decisions make for B-movie gold in Jon […]

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Film Review: ‘Above and Beyond’

January 31, 2015

A gung-ho celebration of the overnight creation of the Israeli Air Force by a handful of American G.I.’s, “Above and Beyond” boasts a helluva story, a cast of still-feisty nonagenarian flyboys, and state-of-the-art combat “reconstructions” by Industrial Light and Magic (working gratis). Director Roberta Grossman and producer Nancy Spielberg’s documentary soars when buoyed by the subjective […]

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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Hallow’

January 31, 2015

It takes time for “The Hallow” to get rolling, but once it reaches a bang-up final act, genre fans could walk out clamoring for a sequel. The directorial debut of visual artist Corin Hardy is never less than arresting to the eye, but thin characters and a familiar story hold this Irish chiller back from entering […]

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Listen to Me Marlon’

January 31, 2015

Often called the greatest actor of his generation, if not all 20th-century cinema, Marlon Brando was also one of the most enigmatic, unpredictable, even damaged of movie stars offscreen. That complexity is limned as well as a documentary possibly could manage in “Listen to Me Marlon,” which draws on an extraordinary estate archive of personal […]

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Lila and Eve’

January 31, 2015

When the cops don’t show enough interest in a drive-by shooting, a pair of grieving mothers take matters into their own hands in “Lila and Eve,” a vigilante thriller with a twist: Featuring an awards-caliber performance from Viola Davis and flavorful support from Jennifer Lopez (“Guess I’ll get my Tina on!” she barks, imagining her […]

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