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By Jeff Simon » Thursday, July 28, 2016

“Cafe Society” is such a sweetly satisfying and visually beautiful tale from 80-year-old Woody Allen that I feel terrible telling you how much greater a film might have been made that took its title seriously. There was a very real Cafe Society in... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, July 28, 2016

There is a close up of 69-year-old Tommy Lee Jones in an early scene of “Jason Bourne” that made me laugh. At this stage of his life as a consummate character star, his face is one of the wonders of American cinema. In this particular close-up, it... Read More

By Toni Ruberto » Monday, July 25, 2016

Sharktopus is back. So is "Dinoshark" and "Mega Shark." They're bringing along some new friends, too, including "Ice Sharks," "Dam Sharks" and the granddaddy of them all, a new "Sharknado" film. Yes, it's the return of "Sharknado Week" on Syfy and... Read More

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... 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... Read More




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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

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

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