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Home Video Review: Vince Vaughn Is a Frightening Revelation in the Compelling but Ultra-Violent 'Brawl in Cell Block 99'

Home Video Review: Vince Vaughn Is a Frightening Revelation in the Compelling but Ultra-Violent 'Brawl in Cell Block 99'

Monday, October 23, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

If you saw Bone Tomahawk a couple of years ago, you saw the directorial debut of S. Craig Zahler (who also wrote the script), a guy who knows how to tell bleak, brutal stories. I thought Tomahawk was nasty, but it’s a tea party with bunny rabbits compared to Zahler’s second feature, Brawl in Cell Block 9...

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Murder on Repeat: 'Groundhog Day' Knock-Off 'Happy Death Day' Succeeds Thanks to the Fantastic Work of Jessica Rothe

Murder on Repeat: 'Groundhog Day' Knock-Off 'Happy Death Day' Succeeds Thanks to the Fantastic Work of Jessica Rothe

Thursday, October 19, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

A college girl learns a few lessons about life—and about not being a total ass—by re-living the day she is murdered over and over again in Happy Death Day , a so-so movie that gets by completely on the power of its relative unknown lead actress, Jessica Rothe.

Rothe plays Tree Gelbman, who wakes up in ...

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True TV: 'Great News' Improves; 'Superstition' Debuts; 'At Home With Amy Sedaris' Skews

True TV: 'Great News' Improves; 'Superstition' Debuts; 'At Home With Amy Sedaris' Skews

Wednesday, October 18, 2017  |  Bill Frost

Way back in April, I dismissed the debut of Great News (Thursdays, NBC) as an inferior Tina Fey production that lacked the snap of 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt , and I saw no point in the casting of Nicole Richie. But by the time the newsroom comedy wrapped its initial 10 episodes, Great News had f...

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Home Video Review: Adam Sandler Delivers Oscar-Worthy Work in Netflix's 'The Meyerowitz Stories'—Seriously!

Home Video Review: Adam Sandler Delivers Oscar-Worthy Work in Netflix's 'The Meyerowitz Stories'—Seriously!

Monday, October 16, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Writer-director Noah Baumbach delivers his best movie yet with The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), his latest story of family dysfunction—which serves as yet another reminder that Adam Sandler can be a knockout actor when he puts his mind to it.

Sandler plays Danny, older brother to Matthew (Ben...

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A Masterful Follow-Up: 'Blade Runner 2049' More Than Does Its Predecessor Justice

A Masterful Follow-Up: 'Blade Runner 2049' More Than Does Its Predecessor Justice

Thursday, October 12, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner came out in 1982—35 years ago. Scott has tooled around with the movie numerous times, resulting in a final cut that was released about 10 years ago.

While there was a lot of monkeying around (in a good way) with the original, it didn’t seem there was much ...

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Not Quite Legendary: The Infamous King-Riggs Match Gets a Merely So-So Treatment With 'Battle of the Sexes'

Not Quite Legendary: The Infamous King-Riggs Match Gets a Merely So-So Treatment With 'Battle of the Sexes'

Thursday, October 12, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Usually reliable directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Farris ( Little Miss Sunshine , Ruby Sparks ) somehow manage to make the story of Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs’ infamous early 1970s tennis match quite boring.

In Battle of the Sexes , King is played by Emma Stone, who brings a nice warmth to the r...

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