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Blu-Ray Review: 'Elvis and Nixon' Is a Quirky Film Elevated by Stars Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey

Blu-Ray Review: 'Elvis and Nixon' Is a Quirky Film Elevated by Stars Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey

Monday, July 25, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

There’s a truly weird story behind the real picture of Elvis Presley shaking Richard Nixon’s hand in the Oval Office—and director Liza Johnson does a funny job of telling it.

One morning in December 1970, Elvis (Michael Shannon) showed up, uninvited, on the White House lawn seeking a meeting with the...

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Don't Bother Calling: The New 'Ghostbusters' Is Yet Another Summer-Movie Disappointment

Don't Bother Calling: The New 'Ghostbusters' Is Yet Another Summer-Movie Disappointment

Thursday, July 21, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

The first Ghostbusters was a magnificent movie miracle.

Some of the greatest comedy actors of the time (Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis and Dan Aykroyd) joined forces under the guidance of a hot director (Ivan Reitman, coming off Stripes and Meatballs ) to merge horror, science fiction, comedy and ...

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True TV: 'BoJack Horseman' Returns, Tragicomic as Ever; 'Looking; Says Buh-Bye

True TV: 'BoJack Horseman' Returns, Tragicomic as Ever; 'Looking; Says Buh-Bye

Wednesday, July 20, 2016  |  Bill Frost

BoJack Horseman (Friday, July 22, Netflix): Prior to the premiere of Season 3, Netflix released promo art that placed cartoon character BoJack Horseman (voiced by Will Arnett) in the same league as troubled dramatic TV anti-heroes Tony Soprano, Don Draper and Frank Underwood. It’s no joke: They all s...

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Blu-Ray Review: 'Sing Street' Is a Sweet '80s Period Piece About Romance and the Formation of a High School Band

Blu-Ray Review: 'Sing Street' Is a Sweet '80s Period Piece About Romance and the Formation of a High School Band

Monday, July 18, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Writer-director John Carney, who made Once and Begin Again , has turned in another fine movie about music and relationships with Sing Street , an ’80s period piece featuring high school students forming a band.

The movie is set in Dublin, where Cosmo (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) has just transferred schools and is...

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So-So Summer Fare: 'The Secret Life of Pets' Offers Up Some Laughs and a Few Truly Deranged Moments

So-So Summer Fare: 'The Secret Life of Pets' Offers Up Some Laughs and a Few Truly Deranged Moments

Thursday, July 14, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

A bunch of comedians lend their voices to some cartoon characters, and the results are moderately entertaining. The Secret Life of Pets is good for a laugh or two, and the occasional wacked-out moment makes it a semi-original animated movie.

Yeah, this is not a ringing endorsement.

Louis C.K. voices Max...

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True TV: 'Vice Principals' Takes 'Eastbound and Down' to Class; 'BrainDead' Isn't Dead Yet

True TV: 'Vice Principals' Takes 'Eastbound and Down' to Class; 'BrainDead' Isn't Dead Yet

Wednesday, July 13, 2016  |  Bill Frost

Vice Principals (Sunday, July 17, HBO), series debut: While I still contend that Eastbound and Down was one of the greatest TV comedies ever, I’ll also admit that it was long out of material by its fourth and final season, and that Danny McBride probably shouldn’t carry a series on his own—and, most im...

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