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Alien Idiocy: 'The Predator' Is a Badly Edited, Poorly Written Disappointment

Alien Idiocy: 'The Predator' Is a Badly Edited, Poorly Written Disappointment

Sep 20, 2018 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

Well, that does it: After decades of trying, it’s become evident that nobody knows how to make a decent Predator sequel.

It’s not like the first film was a masterpiece. It was a goofy adventure pic fea...

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Home Video Review: Nicolas Cage Turns in His Best Performance in Years in Horror-Throwback Film 'Mandy'

Home Video Review: Nicolas Cage Turns in His Best Performance in Years in Horror-Throwback Film 'Mandy'

Sep 17, 2018 13:30  |  Bob Grimm

It’s been a good year for gonzo Nicolas Cage. He got to go all psycho in Mom and Dad , and now, courtesy of director Panos Cosmatos, he gets his best role in a half-decade in psychedelic ’80s horror-thr...

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Performances With Power: Amazing Acting Makes 'The Wife' a Fine Film—but It Would Have Been Better on a Stage

Performances With Power: Amazing Acting Makes 'The Wife' a Fine Film—but It Would Have Been Better on a Stage

Sep 13, 2018 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

The Wife is one of those movies that strikes me as something that would’ve worked better as a play.

I enjoyed it on some levels, and some of the performances are quite good, especially Glenn Close as th...

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Home Video Review: This Documentary on Mister Rogers Honors the Man's Character and His Groundbreaking Accomplishments

Home Video Review: This Documentary on Mister Rogers Honors the Man's Character and His Groundbreaking Accomplishments

Sep 10, 2018 15:20  |  Bob Grimm

I know Mister Rogers was a beloved children’s TV figure and a good man … but his show gave my young self the willies.

I was always offset by his sanguine tones, and those puppets freaked me out. The La...

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Tech Thriller: 'Searching' Takes a Surprisingly Good Premise and Ruins It With a Ridiculous Detour

Tech Thriller: 'Searching' Takes a Surprisingly Good Premise and Ruins It With a Ridiculous Detour

Sep 06, 2018 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

Regular readers know that I can’t stand most found-footage films. I also bitch a lot about movies where the whole damn thing happens on a computer screen, with the director finding cute ways to never ...

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Holocaust Hunt: 'Operation Finale' Depicts the Search for an Infamous Nazi in a Bland, Misguided Way

Holocaust Hunt: 'Operation Finale' Depicts the Search for an Infamous Nazi in a Bland, Misguided Way

Sep 06, 2018 08:15  |  Bob Grimm

The hunt for Holocaust architect Adolph Eichmann is chronicled rather blandly in Operation Finale , director Chris Weitz’s lost movie starring Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley and Mélanie Laurent.

When Eichmann...

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Home Video Review: The Second Season of Netflix's 'Ozark' Starts Off With a Resounding Thud

Home Video Review: The Second Season of Netflix's 'Ozark' Starts Off With a Resounding Thud

Sep 04, 2018 15:30  |  Bob Grimm

Over Labor Day weekend, I binge-watched Ozark , a show about a Chicago family whose financial-expert patriarch, Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), made the unfortunate decision to launder money for a Mexican ...

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Depressing 'Happytime': Great Talent Is Wasted, and a Premise With Potential Is Ruined, by a Listless, Unfunny Script

Depressing 'Happytime': Great Talent Is Wasted, and a Premise With Potential Is Ruined, by a Listless, Unfunny Script

Aug 30, 2018 09:30  |  Bob Grimm

It’s tough being a puppet these days. After what seemed like a return to puppet glory with The Muppets in 2011, the cinematic Muppet momentum ended three years later with Muppets Most Wanted —and then the...

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