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The Greatest Hits of 2018

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2018 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * Insidious: The Last Key – The fourth movie in this franchise once again stars Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson. Low expectations though; the third chapter was a disappointment. * The … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2018

Murder on the Orient Express

EVERYONE IS A SUSPECT.  In 1934, famous detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) finds himself on the Orient Express where a notorious businessman (Johnny Depp) is murdered. Another star-studded version of Agatha Christie’s most famous mystery is similar to the slightly superior 1974 movie and has no new twists to offer. Which is probably a good … Continue reading Murder on the Orient Express

Tom Petty and the Movies

The clip above shows Tom Petty’s very last performance of “Free Fallin’”, at Hollywood Bowl on September 25th. On October 2nd, he died at the age of 66 after a massive heart attack. Bizarrely enough, it was first reported that he had died, then that the initial reports were wrong, that he was still fighting … Continue reading Tom Petty and the Movies

Mortdecai

SOPHISTICATION HAS A NAME. Lord Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp), an art dealer and swindler who owes the U.K. government a lot of money, reluctantly agrees to help inspector Alistair Martland (Ewan McGregor) find a stolen Goya painting. This adaptation of a novel that’s part of a popular series of comic thrillers was maligned by critics … Continue reading Mortdecai

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), who’s being chased by an undead pirate hunter (Javier Bardem), joins forces with the son (Brenton Thwaites) of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) in the search for the Trident of Poseidon. The fifth entry in the series, this one also in 3D, has a busy plot but still drags for long stretches… … Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

FROM J.K. ROWLING’S WIZARDING WORLD.  In 1920s New York City, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives from Britain carrying a peculiar suitcase that turns out to be bursting with magical creatures… In her screenwriting debut, J.K. Rowling returned to the world of Harry Potter, which had been explored in eight previous movies; this is a separate … Continue reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Donnie Brasco: A Made(Up) Man

IN 1978, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WAGED A WAR AGAINST ORGANIZED CRIME. ONE MAN WAS LEFT BEHIND THE LINES.  I was just listening to a political debate about Islamic terrorism. One of the participants talked about how intelligence agencies need to do more than just tap phones; they need to put ”boots on the ground” by … Continue reading Donnie Brasco: A Made(Up) Man

Black Mass

KEEP YOUR ENEMIES CLOSE. In the late 1970s, the FBI makes a deal with up-and-coming Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp); in exchange for information on his rivals, the authorities turn a blind eye to Bulger’s activities. One of the most outrageous cases of corruption, where law enforcement ended up protecting the most dangerous … Continue reading Black Mass

Into the Woods

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.    Chicago and Nine director Rob Marshall is the right person to bring this complex Broadway musical to the big screen. Assembling a variety of famous characters from Grimm Brothers fairy tales, the story sends them into the forbidding woods and explores what drives their actions. A few changes … Continue reading Into the Woods

The Lone Ranger

NEVER TAKE OFF THE MASK. Lawyer John Reid (Armie Hammer) arrives in Texas in 1869 and is immediately drawn into a hunt for an outlaw (William Fichtner) that ends in tragedy – and a new career for John. The Pirates of the Caribbean crew and star lie behind this blockbuster adaptation of the classic matinée … Continue reading The Lone Ranger

A Nightmare on Elm Street

IF NANCY DOESN’T WAKE UP SCREAMING, SHE DOESN’T WAKE UP AT ALL… The quality of slasher pics improved with this story about Freddy Krueger, a scarred murderer with knives attached to his fingers who has the ability to kill teens in their sleep. The character made Robert Englund famous, his appearance now instantly recognizable, much … Continue reading A Nightmare on Elm Street