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‘Glass’ marries Shyamalan films together

M. Night Shyamalan ("The Sixth Sense," "Signs," "The Village") has crafted an effective creep show with "Glass," a shotgun marriage of his 2000 horror hit "Unbreakable" and 2016's "Split," an even bigger horror thriller. Not unexpectedly, the film has awkward moments as it ties elements from ...

Girl power is strong in upcoming releases

Following the explosive success of "Wonder Woman," Hollywood's "suits" have gradually seized on elevating women from a damsel in distress or sidekick to featuring them in self-attained heroic roles and roles where they don't rely on a man for solving a challenge.Boy-meets-girl romantic comedies ...

A look at coming attractions in 2019

Let me partially prepare you for the season's superhero treat. Having taken in a few scenes from "Aquaman, "early word --- including mine --- categorizes the flick as a spectacular underwater action adventure fantasy on par with "clobbering time" edgy feel of a Marvel Universe entry. It's a ...

Eastwood shines in gritty ‘Mule’

There will always be stories to tell, but only Clint Eastwood can cinematically tell them in ways that intimately absorb viewers, whether blood, tears, or laughter flows.Eastwood's film career surged as an anti-hero loner --- a man with no name --- riding through a much more lawless and ...

‘Fantastic’ sequel keeps the magic going

When J.K. Rowling lifts the hidden-in-plain-sight entries into a co-existing world of magic, the Harry Potter author/creator observes old school storytelling standards - she develops a family of reoccurring strongly resonating characters to woo our emotions."Walls blend to worlds, places, and ...

Abrams-produced ‘Overlord’ thrills

A few days before D-Day American paratroopers prepare to hit a radio transmitter at a church tower. They anticipate gun fire, grenades, and shrapnel; the team discovers a German experimental secret.Producer J.J. Abrams teams with director Julius Avery for a tense action thriller accented by ...

‘Halloween’ gets a girl power makeover

Forty years ago John Carpenter unreeled a creepy film with tinkling music, a stalking camera perspective, and a frightened babysitter hiding from a homicidal heavy breathing psycho named Michael Myers. When Myers added to the mostly off camera body count, a thin line connected the teen victims ...

‘The Nun’ will scare the hell into you

Atmospheric creeps accent "The Nun," particularly the bowels of the ancient Romanian abbey. The catacombs appear like they've not been explored in hundreds of years, adding to the bumps in the dark seat jumpers.Since this follows the "Conjuring" series, director Corin Hardy's inducing frights ...

Black, Blanchett star in wickedly clever ‘Clock’

Steven Spielberg's youth accented films tend to have an outsider seeking acceptance theme humming along with action frontiers accented by a loveable alien, mischievous gremlins, or kids capturing a "monster" with a super 8 movie camera.The producer/director known for "Indiana Jones," "Men in ...

Gearing up for the Fall movie preview

Do they have a 12 step program for superhero withdraw symptoms? Never fear, with the start of the fall movie season, you can get your fix.Warner Brothers introduces DC's "Aquaman" in December. He made a cameo in "Justice League". An animated Spider-Man awaits, too. Marvel's badass "Venom" (Tom ...