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‘Shape’ joins others as major Oscar contender

February thrusts the continuation of Christian Grey and Ana Steele's openly S&M romance ("Fifty Shades Freed") and comic's first African American superhero, Black Panther, receives the big screen Marvel/Disney treatment. Panther introduced on screen in "Captain America: Civil War" has ...

‘Last Jedi’ and looking ahead to awards

By Tony RutherfordMixing iconic past moments, continuing adventures with old favorites (Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, R2D2, Chewbacca, C3P0) and further exploration of personalities introduced in "The Force Awakens" (Rey, Finn, and Poe), writer/director Rian Johnson ("Looper," "Brick," ...

Rounding out the box office: Good, bad and mediocre

When the curtain falls on 2017, two observations appear certain:First, six out of the top 10 popular films will be superhero related (submission deadline was late November, so expert projections are included from Box Office Mojo and Boxoffice Magazine). And second, it's been a Rotten Tomatoes ...

What is human? A Blade Runner analysis

Has everyone now seen "Blade Runner 2049"? Since the studio enforced moratorium on specific characters and plot details has now passed, let's get analytical.For newbies, "Blade Runner" 35 years ago had Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, an enforcer retiring (by a bullet through the head not 401k) ...

Reviews: Creepy clowning and futuristic sci-fi

ITLucifer's green goo has fallen to number two. A serial killer clown claimed the #1 position as top earning U.S. horror motion picture. Stephen King's "It," first a TV mini series, surpassed "The Exorcist," which when released stirred lots of wrenching buzz about a possessed young woman ...

Horror movie season in full swing in Sept.

As football season replaces special effect/CGI bursting "tentpole" season, Hollywood turns to its aisle packing, auditorium screaming horror/thriller genre to woo viewers until superheroes (and friends) return for Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays.Author Stephen King is sure to reel in a crowd on ...

Fall movie preview and reviews

Fall offerings have a juggling mixture of animation, horror, science-fiction, and crime thrillers. Many have prior roots.Comedy appears lacking. The genre, especially the romantic types, raunchy ventures, and dysfunctional buddies, have not been wooing viewers, except the New Orleans ...

‘Rough Night’ tries to bridge gender gap

When four women reunite after 10 years, a popping champagne bottle at an airport signifies hints of uncouth, bawdy, high times forthcoming.The gal pals arrive facing a variety of life stages, from just taking off to "perfection".Jess (Scarlett Johansson as a state senate candidate), to a dapper ...

Spurlock tackles C8 health crisis

New York, NY - Two forces in the documentary film world Oscar nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me") and award-winning director Stephanie Soechtig ("Fed Up") have teamed up on an eye-opening new film that tells the story of an unprecedented chemical contamination that started ...

Summer cinema has a little bit of everything

The Cinematic Summer of 2017 has started. Studios have long ago added the first week of May as the kick-off. Ironically, August now is considered a slack month where studios shift films that they do not believe can compete with the tentpoles. And, admittedly, a portion comes from ...