Movie Review: “Escobar: Paradise Lost”

(Note: This review of “Escobar: Paradise Lost” first ran last October during the Philadelphia Film Festival. It’s reproduced now on occasion of the film’s release:)  Well, at least it’s better than “Medellín.” That was, of course, the ill-fated biopic of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar that Vincent Chase starred in about halfway through the run more »

Alison Brie breakout? Trailer arrives for “Sleeping With Other People”

Shouldn’t Alison Brie be a movie star by now? I think she should. I’ve been awaiting a breakout for the Community actress for awhile now, especially after a run of strong movie supporting roles. The upcoming “Sleeping With Other People” could be the one. The film, from “Bachelorette” director Leslye Headland, stars Brie and Jason more »

Movie Review: “Ted 2″

Seriously, what can I possibly say about “Ted 2” that can sway someone’s opinion? When it comes to this kind of film — the gross-out comedy — either you find them utterly hilarious or about as funny as a funeral and, like I said, this silly farce about a grown man and his talking bear more »

Fin: How to let Robert Durst get away, Univision defeats Trump and RIP the other Nature Boy

Jeanine Pirro is working on a memoir of her work on the Robert Durst case; she should call it “How I Spent 20 Years Failing to Put Away an Obviously Guilty Murderer, Who Went On To Kill Again” (Jezebel) Good to hear the New York Times finally pulled Alessandra Stanley from the TV criticism beat. more »

The UK Office spinoff Life on the Road will open wide via U.S. release

Ricky Gervais said via a statement, “David Brent getting a big U.S. theatrical release? He can die happy now.” This is to say, The Hollywood Reporter says the Office spin-off movie Life on the Road will get wide release via Open Road, who bought the US rights to the project. Entertainment One snagged worldwide rights more »


No, no one wants to “ban” “Gone With the Wind”

I yield to just about no one in my disdain for “Gone With the Wind.” It’s boring, it’s way too long, it hasn’t aged particularly well, and its protagonist is whiny and awful. If the movie isn’t out-and-out racist, it’s very close to the line and in any case, it idealizes things that shouldn’t be idealized. more »

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ready to adapt 80s video game ‘Rampage’

Ready to prove there is no 80s property he can’t reinvigorate, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will star in a movie adaptation of the 1986 video game Rampage.  The Hollywood Reporter says New Line Cinema is ready to get this going and wants to start production in summer 2016. He’s also working on a remake of the more »

Fin: An Inside Out theory, the best of Confederate culture and snorts from CNN and Fox

Something I noticed in “Inside Out” but sort of forgot about after the second half overwhelmed me emotionally: Did you catch all the hints in the first act about marital discord between Riley’s parents, or perhaps hints that the father was contemplating leaving? I’m convinced that this was a plot point in some earlier draft more »

“Elvis & Nixon” movie goes to Amazon

“Elvis & Nixon,” in an in-development movie in which Kevin Spacey is planning Richard Nixon and Michael Shannon Elvis Presley, was intriguing enough before. Now, it’s notable for another reason: Amazon has reached a deal to help distribute it. Here’s how it’ll work, according to Deadline: Significantly, Amazon will follow a more traditional model, teaming with more »

Spies times five: A new “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation” trailer

Yes, we’re just over a month away from the arrival of the fifth “Mission: Impossible” film, arriving 19 years after the first. Not bad for a franchise based on a show that lasted just seven seasons. The new film, coming July 21, has Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) working with the team from the last few more »

Blu-ray Review: Get Hard

What happens when Will Ferrell ends up in a Rob Schneider movie? I don’t know, or at least I didn’t know until our friends at Warner Bros sent out a copy of “Get Hard” for us to review, a movie that looks shockingly familiar. But even as the movie imitates, it also improves to a more »

Showtime, Hulu form surprise alliance

For all you’ve heard about HBO and Netflix’s battle, two of the primary rivals of both have announced a surprise offer. Subscribers to Hulu will soon be able to subscribe to Showtime for $8.99 per month, streaming all of Showtime’s shows along with Hulu’s offerings across devices. The offer is $2 less than Showtime’s standalone more »