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By Mark Sommer » Saturday, July 23, 2016

Failing Kosher bakery owner and Orthodox Jew Nat Dayan has a dilemma. Business in London’s East End is poor, his lone employee has quit, a real-estate developer seeks to tear down his building and a son wants him to retire. Unwilling to step aside, the elderly, crotchedly baker (Jonathan Pryce) reluctantly hires... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Friday, July 22, 2016

You can stop laughing at the Beastie Boys now – if you ever did, that is. Their song “Sabotage” saves the universe in the wittiest moment of “Star Trek Beyond.” I won’t tell you how “Sabotage” holds the universe together but when Simon Pegg (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Paul” and “Hot Fuzz”) is one... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, July 21, 2016

"Hunt for the Wilderpeople" is far from charmless. It has sprinkles of offbeat humor all the way through it. It's no one's idea of heartless either. Its ending, in fact, may very well warm you - not exactly a cardinal need in this weather but we're speaking metaphorically. Otherwise, it's a bit of a puzzle. Anyone who... Read More

By Christopher Schobert » Thursday, July 21, 2016

Something pretty remarkable happened at the preview screening of “Lights Out,” the new horror film with a killer trailer that’s been running before summer blockbusters all season long. In fact, it’s something I’ve rarely seen in a movie theater. At multiple moments, the entire audience reacted as one. Yes, the... Read More

By Kathleen Rizzo Young » Thursday, July 21, 2016

“Absolutely Fabulous” is a beloved British comedy that ran on the BBC between 1992 and 1996, and was resurrected in 2012 for three special episodes during the London Olympics. The show’s 39 episodes have found new audiences on Hulu and Netflix. Featuring the adventures of PR agent Edina Monsoon (one of the all-time... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Friday, July 15, 2016

It takes less than 10 minutes in the disappointing new “Ghostbusters” for there to be a joke about some internet buffoon proclaiming that a misogynist term for women ain’t “going to hunt no ghosts.” Stop for a moment and thoughtfully consider that before seeing the new female reboot of “Ghostbusters.”... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, July 14, 2016

It’s called Matins. It’s the first prayer service of the day in convents. It’s the one at the beginning of “The Innocents” where the Benedictine nuns in a Polish convent at the end of World War II sing their first Gregorian chant. As they do, we in the audience hear a bloodcurdling obbligato to that... Read More

By Alyssa Fisher » Thursday, July 14, 2016

Journalist David Farrier makes a career out of looking into the bizarre parts of life. It’s no wonder that when the New Zealand entertainment and pop-culture reporter stumbled upon a video of competitive tickling, he knew he found his next story. Unexpectedly, it turned into the provocative documentary... Read More

By Mark Sommer » Thursday, July 7, 2016

The second film with a title containing the word “Wiener” to open in Buffalo in two weeks is – unlike the documentary on Anthony Weiner – all bun and no frankfurter. Todd Solandz’s “Wiener-Dog” is actually four depressing, unenlightening and often ugly stories about the depressed and sorry lives of people... Read More

By Kathleen Rizzo Young » Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hank is stranded on an island and is about to kill himself. His life flashes before his eyes and it is not the life he had imagined for himself – full of “parties, friends, guitar and possibly a girl.” Suddenly, a man washes up onshore and although dead, his body has enough stored energy in the form of... Read More

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