BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS – film review by Cate Marquis

November 16, 2018

RATING: 5 out of 5 stars Joel and Ethan Coen spin not one but six Western tales in their excellent anthology THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS. Starring a fine cast including James Franco, Liam Neeson, Tom Waits, Zoe Kazan, Brendan Gleeson, Tim Blake Nelson and others, the film’s title is actually the name of the […]

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JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES BACK – film review by Mark Glass

October 26, 2018

  – By Mark Glass – RATING: 3½ out of 5 stars (PG) Although I’ve been a HUUUGE Rowan Atkinson fan for many years, his first two feature films as this eponymous bumbling British superspy did little for the level of his esteem. His Mr. Bean antics were superb. His various incarnations of “Blackadder” for […]

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October 7, 2018

The Illusionists bring magic to Fox Theater – By Cate Marquis – “The Illusionists” brought a little night magic to Fabulous Fox Theater, Oct. 5-7. “The Illusionists Live from Broadway” was a delightfully entertaining combination of comedy, magic, illusions and stunts conjured up by an international cast of five performers. “The Illusionists” are not the […]

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THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS film review – by Mark Glass

September 22, 2018

– by Mark Glass – How could this film NOT have been better? Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star as a nice warlock and witch, respectively. Black suddenly becomes the guardian of a timid young nephew (Owen Vaccaro) whose parents died in an accident. Black lives in a delightfully creepy old house with tons of […]

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LIZZIE film review – by Cate Marquis

September 22, 2018

Chloe Sevigny, Kristen Stewart cut deep in psychological thriller LIZZIE, based on Lizzie Borden ax murders – By Cate Marquis – Lizzie Borden and the unsolved ax murders of her parents have remain in the public imagination, perhaps in part due to that memorable childhood rhyme about 40 whacks. Andrew and Abby Borden were found […]

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LOVE NEVER DIES at Fox theater review

September 20, 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LOVE NEVER DIES continues the “Phantom” story at the Fox – By Cate Marquis – Andrew Lloyd Webber continues his THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with sequel LOVE NEVER DIES at the Fabulous Fox, Sept. 18-30, 2018. The production is the opener for the Fox’s 2018-2019 and that timing couldn’t be better, […]

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EVITA at Rep theater review

September 12, 2018

Crowd-pleasing musical “Evita” opens Rep’s 52th season – By Cate Marquis – The Repertory Theater of opened its 52th season with “Evita,” a hit Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice which has previously graced both the Fox and Muny theater stages. Of course, this is the Rep’s own production, not a Broadway […]

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PEPPERMINT film review – by Mark Glass

September 7, 2018

– by Mark Glass – As bloody revenge flicks go, this one turns out to be surprisingly gratifying. Jennifer Garner may seem an unlikely vigilante, but she kicks plenty of bad-guy butt for perfectly valid reasons in this vehicle. She plays a loving wife and mother who suffers a tragic, undeserved loss. Five years later, […]

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MEMOIR OF WAR film review – by Cate Marquis

August 26, 2018

Melanie Thierry is haunting in French-language MEMOIR OF WAR based on  Marguerite Duras’ novel of her  experiences in WWII Paris – By Cate Marquis – Melanie Thierry gives a haunting performance in director Emmanuel Finkiel’s finely-crafted MEMOIR OF WAR. This beautiful and powerful French-language drama is an adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ partly-autobiographical novel “The War: […]

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HOTEL ARTEMIS film review – By Mark Glass

June 8, 2018

Jodie Foster excels with understated lead role in dystopian-future crime thriller – By Mark Glass – 3 stars of 5, Rated R As crime thrillers go, this one is fairly intense. Among those set in some sort of dystopian future, it’s more of a head-scratcher. This Los Angeles exists in a time of water deprivation […]

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