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A Romp That's a Relief: The Coens' Delayed 'Hail, Caesar!' Is a Hilarious Homage

A Romp That's a Relief: The Coens' Delayed 'Hail, Caesar!' Is a Hilarious Homage

Thursday, February 11, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

So Hail, Caesar! is a film with virtually no plot, but it gives Joel and Ethan Coen a chance to adapt the styles of films from the ’40s and ’50s into their weirdo universe?

Hell yeah. Sign me up!

The Coen brothers bring a blast of creativity to early 2016 with a movie that, frankly, had a lot of their f...

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Clever Idea Wasted: PG-13 Sloppiness Dooms 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

Clever Idea Wasted: PG-13 Sloppiness Dooms 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

Thursday, February 11, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

The zombie movie craze hits what I hope to be its low point with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies , a crap attempt at horror comedy featuring a fairly faithful take on the Jane Austen classic mixed with the undead.

Lily James, so delightful in Cinderella , plays Elizabeth Bennet, one of the esteemed Benne...

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True TV: 'Vinyl' Cranks the '70s; 'The Walking Dead' and 'Better Call Saul' Return

True TV: 'Vinyl' Cranks the '70s; 'The Walking Dead' and 'Better Call Saul' Return

Wednesday, February 10, 2016  |  Bill Frost

Vinyl (Sunday, Feb. 14, HBO), series debut: “What? You thought records got played because they’re good ?” sniffs American Century Records president Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), explaining away the radio-payola tactics of his marketing right-hand man (Ray Romano), who secures the label’s bands air...

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Blu-Ray Review: 'Goosebumps' Is a Largely Enjoyable Bit of Young-Adult Horror Fluff

Blu-Ray Review: 'Goosebumps' Is a Largely Enjoyable Bit of Young-Adult Horror Fluff

Monday, February 08, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

I never got around to seeing Goosebumps while it was in theaters. That’s probably a good thing; while I found the fantasy flick to be mostly enjoyable, it is not a film that needed my presence in a theater.

In this fairly clever adaptation of the young-adult horror of R.L. Stine, Jack Black plays the a...

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Decent 'Fu': Despite an Unoriginal Story, 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Is a Success

Decent 'Fu': Despite an Unoriginal Story, 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Is a Success

Thursday, February 04, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Jack Black returns as the voice of Po in this decent second sequel in the saga of the Panda warrior and his warrior cronies.

This time out, Po encounters his long-lost dad, Li (the warm growl of Bryan Cranston), who takes him to the land of pandas so that he can learn the powers of his chi. An advanc...

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Kept Afloat by the Action: A Sappy Love Story Can't Keep 'The Finest Hours' From Being a Thrilling Success

Kept Afloat by the Action: A Sappy Love Story Can't Keep 'The Finest Hours' From Being a Thrilling Success

Thursday, February 04, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

I haven’t been on a boat in many, many years. After seeing The Finest Hours , I have no need to be on a boat in many, many more years.

In 1952, an oil tanker called the Pendleton split into two during a blizzard off the coast of Cape Cod. The eight crewmembers who were in the stern perished; 33 men initi...

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