Day: August 7, 2015

Locarno Film Review: ‘The People vs. Fritz Bauer’

August 7, 2015

Photo courtesy of Locarno Film Festival Nazi war criminals being brought to justice has made for great cinema in everything from 1961’s “Judgment at Nuremberg” to last year’s “Labyrinth of Lies.” But those trials are just the tip of the iceberg in “The People vs. Fritz Bauer,” a stiff historical thriller that dramatizes the obstacles that […]

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Dwayne Johnson is a 16-year-old ‘man child’ in this #TBT

August 7, 2015

#ThrowBackThursday should cease existing after this particular Thursday, because The Rock killed it. Once, Dwayne Johnson was a teenager. But he prefers the term “man child.” He lucked out growing into his body early, but he surely had growing pains, an awkward stretch (probably), and a delinquent streak, which he alludes to below:   #TBT By the time […]

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Freddy’s back: New Line prepping a new Nightmare on Elm Street

August 7, 2015

Freddy Krueger might be starring in your movie nightmares once more. EW has confirmed that New Line is in the early stages of development of a new Nightmare on Elm Street film, hiring David Leslie Johnson (Orphan) to pen an update on the landmark horror franchise. The story was first reported by The Wrap. The […]

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Film Review: ‘Harbinger Down’

August 7, 2015

Courtesy of Vertical Entertainment Made by and for aficionados of ’80s-era sci-fi/horror thrillers, “Harbinger Down” ranks somewhere between self-consciously cheesy SyFy Channel fare and better-than-average direct-to-video product in terms of production values, performance levels and overall ability to sustain interest while generating suspense. Theatrical exposure will be fleeting, but this small-budget, high-concept trifle could attract […]

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Locarno Film Review: ‘Summertime’

August 7, 2015

Photo courtesy of Locarno Film Festival Perhaps the world is finally ready for a lesbian romance as direct and unapologetic as “Summertime,” though this beautifully realized tear-jerker works as well as it does in part because the characters themselves don’t seem quite ready to follow through on the love they’re feeling. Turning back the clock […]

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Film Review: ‘To the Fore’

August 7, 2015

More propulsive than many a car chase and as bone-crunching as any chopsocky fistfight, the pro-cycling races that drive Dante Lam’s “To the Fore” rep a feat of action choreography and virtuoso lensing seldom seen in a Hong Kong sports movie. Shot in locations all over Taiwan and Asia, the film merges diverse cycling styles […]

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Box office preview: Fantastic Four leads crowded weekend race

August 7, 2015

August may be one of the slower months at the movies, but with four new releases opening wide this weekend, it should be a crowded weekend at the box office. The reboot of Fox’s Fantastic Four, only 10 years after the original, is practically guaranteed the top spot with a predicted debut of about $45 […]

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LGBT activists call for boycott of Stonewall over ‘whitewashing’

August 7, 2015

Roland Emmerich’s upcoming historical drama Stonewall, which depicts the 1969 Stonewall Riots that kicked off New York’s gay rights movement, won’t hit theaters until September, but is already stirring up controversy. After the first trailer was released online Tuesday, LGBT activist groups have denounced the film, the action of which revolves around a white, cisgender […]

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Ricki and the Flash—The AllMovie Review

August 7, 2015

★ ★ ½ By day, Ricki Rendazzo (Meryl Streep) works as a cashier at an upscale natural-foods market, ringing up exorbitant grocery hauls for well-heeled liberals; but by night, she’s the leader of Ricki and the Flash, the house band at a dive bar in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles, where the slovenly regulars […]

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