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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... 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... 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... 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 Christopher Schobert » Tuesday, July 19, 2016

It’s hard to think of a more personal documentary than “The Kids Grow Up,” director Doug Block’s film capturing the life of his daughter, Lucy. The latest Cultivate Cinema Circle selection screens at 7 p.m. on July 21 at the North Park... Read More




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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... 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... 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.... Read More

By Mary Friona-Celani » Wednesday, July 13, 2016

My 4-year-old has been wanting to see “The Secret Life of Pets” for a while. We have three dogs and a cat and always joke about what they must do when we are out, so it was a good fit. Besides, the trailer has been running for months, and it... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Sunday, July 10, 2016

James Gandolfini was supposed to star in HBO’s “The Night Of,” not John Turturro.He did just that in a pilot version of HBO’s limited series. The cable network took a look and took a pass.Gandolfini’s sudden death in Europe seemed to foreclose... Read More

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