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May 14, 2018 – 6:49 pm | 3 Comments

Even though it’s not summer yet, I was inundated with May books that seem intended to be read in one sitting, as if we’re on vacation or something. And if we’re not, we’ll just have …

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Capsule Movie Reviews: ALLIED, RULES DON’T APPLY, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA & LION

November 22, 2016 – 11:17 pm | 2 Comments
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If you celebrate Thanksgiving, then I imagine your weekend will include not only turkey and stuffing but also football and movie viewing. I can’t help you with the first three items, seeing as how I can …

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Movie Review: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

November 16, 2016 – 9:55 pm | One Comment
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If you’ve been mourning the fact there are no more Harry Potter movies (for now), the J.K. Rowling-penned Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them should soothe that ache a bit.
It’s about the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander …

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Movie Review: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

October 6, 2016 – 6:44 pm | 8 Comments
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Though I was less than impressed with The Girl on the Train in book form, I like the talent associated with the movie, especially Emily Blunt, who plays Rachel, the titular character. So I went …

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Movie Review: SULLY

September 8, 2016 – 9:36 pm | 2 Comments
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Like many people, I thought I knew what happened on January 15, 2009 with US Airways Flight 1549, which Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed on the Hudson River about 3 minutes after takeoff from La Guardia Airport. A bird …

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Not Too Long Ago, In a Place Not So Far Away…

September 5, 2016 – 7:42 pm | 6 Comments
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This past Saturday, I got to do something I’ve long wanted to do: see John Williams perform live, conducting the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.

I did not come dressed as a Star Wars character, …

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Movie Review: SUICIDE SQUAD

August 2, 2016 – 8:55 pm | One Comment
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I didn’t know much about the squad when I went to the screening, and had avoided all the trailers, so I was open to whatever. I just wanted to be entertained.
And I was, by some of it, …

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Movie Review: GHOSTBUSTERS

July 15, 2016 – 6:17 pm | No Comment
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The first things you probably want to know are: Is it as good as the original? Is it funny?
No, and yes.
I wanted to be fair to this version and not compare it to the 1984 …

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Movie Review: THE NICE GUYS

May 19, 2016 – 8:18 pm | 5 Comments
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Shane Black, the screenwriter who shot to fame with the Lethal Weapon movies, may have had a few stumbles in the last three decades, but with The Nice Guys, a 1970s noir detective story Black cowrote …

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Movie Review

May 4, 2016 – 9:26 pm | 11 Comments
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Do you have superhero fatigue? Were you tempted to skip this post when you saw the title? What if I told you the movie is terrific?
Which is what I’m doing. Captain America: Civil War is one big bundle …

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Movie Review: THE JUNGLE BOOK

April 13, 2016 – 9:41 pm | One Comment
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The first question I asked when I went into a screening of Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book was: Is this a musical? The answer: No.
Fine by me.
My second question was: Will “The Bare Necessities” …

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Headed for Hogwarts: Experiencing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood

March 28, 2016 – 12:20 am | 4 Comments
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The new Wizarding World of Happy Potter isn’t officially open at Universal Studios Hollywood until April 7, but Mr. PCN and I received invitations to take an early peek this past weekend. (We’re not that special; …

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Movie Review: BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

March 25, 2016 – 12:00 am | 4 Comments
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When I was a kid—heck, even now—nothing much could get me out of bed early on a Saturday morning. If something could, it was a BIG DEAL.
And so it was, the show Super Friends, which …

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