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The Greatest Hits of 2017

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2017 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * The Comedian – Robert De Niro gets a chance to redeem himself after appearing in far too many bad comedies. Directed by Taylor Hackford; Danny DeVito has a supporting part. * Split – … … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2017

Kung Fu Panda 3

THE WEIGHT IS OVER. At the same time as Po is trying to handle his new role as a teacher, he also meets his real father and has to battle a spirit warrior. Another 3D adventure with the panda whose most dangerous nemesis seems to be stairs. Po’s reunited with all the lovable supporting characters … Continue reading Kung Fu Panda 3

Bernie

A STORY SO UNBELIEVABLE IT MUST BE TRUE.   In Carthage, Texas, a local mortician (Jack Black) becomes a companion to a much older, wealthy and generally disliked woman (Shirley MacLaine); when she disappears, the town’s sympathies are not necessarily with her. Richard Linklater based his black comedy on a newspaper article (written by Skip … Continue reading Bernie

The Big Year

EVERYONE IS SEARCHING FOR SOMETHING. Three birders (Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson) keep bumping into each other in remote places; initially reluctant to come clean, they are all secretly doing a Big Year. While Mark Obmascik’s book follows real-life birders who compete against each other, trying to spot as many species as possible all … Continue reading The Big Year

Dead Man Walking: Soul Food

  Actor Tim Robbins’s first film as a director was Bob Roberts (1992), a political satire that remains relevant to this day. The movie revealed a filmmaker who was passionate and outspoken about his beliefs, and when Dead Man Walking emerged as his second directorial effort there was reason to believe that he would use … Continue reading Dead Man Walking: Soul Food

The Muppets

THEY’RE CLOSER THAN YOU THINK.   On a visit to Los Angeles, two brothers who are huge fans of the Muppets realize that the old studio closed down years ago… and now the showbiz gang are in danger of losing everything, including their name. The first Muppet movie in 12 years wisely, cleverly and disarmingly … Continue reading The Muppets

Kung Fu Panda 2

PREPARE FOR THE RETURN OF AWESOMENESS.   When the evil lord of a peacock clan attempts to conquer China, Po and the Furious Five use all their powers to stop him… but the panda is also brutally reminded of his childhood. The first major animated release to be directed by a woman is a 3D … Continue reading Kung Fu Panda 2

Year One

MEET YOUR ANCESTORS. Zed and Oh (Jack Black, Michael Cera), a hunter and a gatherer, are banished from their tribe and embark on an adventure that leads them to the city of Sodom. With Judd Apatow serving as a co-producer, this ancient-times comedy naturally offers male buddies in the leads and various jokes about bodily functions. … Continue reading Year One

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

SOME SECRETS WILL HAUNT YOU FOREVER. When her friend (Brandy) wins a trip to the Bahamas, Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt) decides to tag along… but the man with the hook is not as dead as she thinks. The sequel to I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) was rushed into production and features not even one … Continue reading I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

Bob Roberts

Vote first. Ask questions later.   Pennsylvanian Bob Roberts (Tim Robbins) is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate and is quickly winning votes as a folk-singing rebel – but his agenda is radically right-wing. The same year as the American people elected Bill Clinton president, Robbins directed his first feature, a political satire that … Continue reading Bob Roberts

Kung Fu Panda

PREPARE FOR AWESOMENESS. Po, a big, lazy panda, is unexpectedly named the Dragon Warrior by a wise turtle and must be trained by a reluctant kung fu master. This DreamWorks CGI spectacle has brilliant animation, an enormous energy and a dedicated cast that help overcome the predictability. There is no doubt that Po will get his act together … Continue reading Kung Fu Panda