Film | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Thu, 21 Feb 2019 22:10:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://i1.wp.com/www.pasadenaweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/cropped-jgpw-512-px-copy.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Film | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com 32 32 136211528 Pro wrestling biopic ‘Fighting With My Family’ is better than expected, thanks to comedy legend Stephen Merchant https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/02/21/pro-wrestling-biopic-fighting-with-my-family-is-better-than-expected-thanks-to-comedy-legend-stephen-merchant/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/02/21/pro-wrestling-biopic-fighting-with-my-family-is-better-than-expected-thanks-to-comedy-legend-stephen-merchant/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:00:22 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=109856 None of us gets the chance to choose the family we’re born into. The new movie “Fighting With My Family” shines a light on a particularly unusual one — the hardscrabble, working-class British family that served up pro wrestling’s top league, the WWE, with a female superstar, Paige. Detailing the story of Paige and how […]

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History and citizens are the focus of Astra Taylor’s thought-provoking documentary, opening Friday at Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/02/21/history-and-citizens-are-the-focus-of-astra-taylors-thought-provoking-documentary-opening-friday-at-laemmles-playhouse-7/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/02/21/history-and-citizens-are-the-focus-of-astra-taylors-thought-provoking-documentary-opening-friday-at-laemmles-playhouse-7/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:00:03 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=109839 “Nothing beautiful without struggle”: Those words from Plato’s “The Republic” open New York-based director Astra Taylor’s documentary “What is Democracy” arriving at Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 Friday. That wisdom’s followed by images from the three-panel medieval mural “The Allegory of Good and Bad Government,” which Taylor is shown analyzing in Siena, Italy, alongside professor Silvia Federici, […]

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‘What Men Want’ and ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ bring much needed laughter back to the movies https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/02/14/what-men-want-and-isnt-it-romantic-bring-much-needed-laughter-back-to-the-movies/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/02/14/what-men-want-and-isnt-it-romantic-bring-much-needed-laughter-back-to-the-movies/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:00:51 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=109666 The past couple of years have been dire for the state of comedy films, with not one reaching $100 million blockbuster status last year, and not one major romantic comedy released into theaters at all. Only 2017’s “Girls Trip” really connected with audiences at a huge hit level, but that was marred by nonstop crassness including a […]

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Flick Finder 02.14.19 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/02/14/flick-finder-02-14-19/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/02/14/flick-finder-02-14-19/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:00:37 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=109692 SHOWTIMES Friday Feb. 15 to Thursday Feb. 21   Note: Times are p.m., and daily, unless otherwise indicated.  All times are subject to change without notice. PASADENA Academy 6 1003 E Colorado Bl, (626) 229-9400. Call theater for titles and showtimes   iPic theaters at One Colorado Pasadena 42 Miller Alley, (626) 639-2260. Alita: Battle […]

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Liam Neeson’s latest action opus ‘Cold Pursuit’ delivers ‘Fargo’-worthy delights https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/02/07/liam-neesons-latest-action-opus-cold-pursuit-delivers-fargo-worthy-delights/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/02/07/liam-neesons-latest-action-opus-cold-pursuit-delivers-fargo-worthy-delights/#respond Thu, 07 Feb 2019 14:00:51 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=109584 Think of Hollywood’s action movie heroes throughout the first century of film and Liam Neeson likely wouldn’t have sprung to mind at all.  He’s got the strong, silent type of the hero archetype down pat, but he had rarely if ever been known for taking part in car chases and gunfights. That all changed in […]

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This year’s Best Picture nominees show Hollywood trying to increase its popular appeal https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/01/31/this-years-best-picture-nominees-show-hollywood-trying-to-increase-its-popular-appeal/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/01/31/this-years-best-picture-nominees-show-hollywood-trying-to-increase-its-popular-appeal/#respond Thu, 31 Jan 2019 14:00:10 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=109346 There are few better windows into the state of American culture than the announcement of Oscar nominations, as Hollywood pats itself on the back in selecting the most purportedly amazing and profound films each year. But with the Academy Awards telecast’s ratings in freefall, Oscar voters apparently realized they needed to include a few blockbusters […]

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Shadows of the Black Dahlia murder shroud ‘I Am the Night’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/01/24/shadows-of-the-black-dahlia-murder-shroud-i-am-the-night/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/01/24/shadows-of-the-black-dahlia-murder-shroud-i-am-the-night/#respond Thu, 24 Jan 2019 14:00:09 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=109208 George Hodel Jr. was a shining star when he graduated from South Pasadena High in 1923. Already known as a musical prodigy, he had grown up on a Monterey Road estate in South Pasadena and was only 15 when he entered Caltech. Hodel became a gynecologist — respected, affluent, but also followed by whispers of scandal.  Hodel […]

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‘Glass’ provides a unique insight into the battle between good and evil within us all https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/01/17/glass-provides-a-unique-insight-into-the-battle-between-good-and-evil-within-us-all/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/01/17/glass-provides-a-unique-insight-into-the-battle-between-good-and-evil-within-us-all/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:00:49 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=109019 Ever since the 1970s ushered in the era of the blockbuster movie mindset, there have been too many sequels released. It was bad enough when “Smokey and the Bandit II” was released in 1980 followed by an inexplicable and unforgivable third edition three years later, but nowadays it seems hardly a month goes by without […]

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Comic superstar Kevin Hart takes a dramatic swing with Bryan Cranston in ‘The Upside’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/01/10/comic-superstar-kevin-hart-takes-a-dramatic-swing-with-bryan-cranston-in-the-upside/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/01/10/comic-superstar-kevin-hart-takes-a-dramatic-swing-with-bryan-cranston-in-the-upside/#respond Thu, 10 Jan 2019 14:00:56 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=108875 Sooner or later, seemingly every major star comedian wants to prove that they can be serious artists as well. The annals of filmdom are riddled with hundreds of heartfelt projects by our funniest stars, most of which wind up being ignored by their fans as they either go back to being goofballs or slide out […]

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Three Christmas-season films span the gift-to-punishment spectrum https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/01/03/three-christmas-season-films-span-the-gift-to-punishment-spectrum/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2019/01/03/three-christmas-season-films-span-the-gift-to-punishment-spectrum/#comments Thu, 03 Jan 2019 14:00:09 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=108745 The end of each year brings a tidal wave of movies to the multiplexes, with this year’s crop counting a whopping 10 major films released between Dec. 14 and Christmas Day. As the old saying goes, “They can’t all be gems.” So, here are my brief takes on three of the films I wasn’t able […]

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