Film | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Tue, 23 Oct 2018 18:29:43 +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 The latest ‘Halloween’ is an entertaining thriller with a slam-bang performance by Jamie Lee Curtis https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/18/the-latest-halloween-is-an-entertaining-thriller-with-a-slam-bang-performance-by-jamie-lee-curtis/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/18/the-latest-halloween-is-an-entertaining-thriller-with-a-slam-bang-performance-by-jamie-lee-curtis/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:00:53 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=107078 I’m not normally a fan of horror films and rarely review them, for two reasons: First, they’re critic-proof, as their hordes of uncritical fans tend to flock to even the worst ones with no regard for reviews. And second, they often are devoid of any sense of humanity, seeking only to offer depraved imagery and […]

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‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ offers a neo-noir look at second chances and redemption https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/11/bad-times-at-the-el-royale-offers-a-neo-noir-look-at-second-chances-and-redemption/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/11/bad-times-at-the-el-royale-offers-a-neo-noir-look-at-second-chances-and-redemption/#respond Thu, 11 Oct 2018 13:00:47 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=106838 These are tough times for rank and file Catholics, the laity forced to endure one distressing headline after another about the clerical sex scandals and attendant cover-ups. But sometimes, positive reinforcement can come from the strangest places, and the new movie “Bad Times at the El Royale” is hitting theaters amid the firestorm with a […]

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Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut ‘A Star Is Born’ earns its title with an Oscar-worthy performance by Lady Gaga https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/09/bradley-coopers-directorial-debut-a-star-is-born-earns-its-title-with-an-oscar-worthy-performance-by-lady-gaga/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/09/bradley-coopers-directorial-debut-a-star-is-born-earns-its-title-with-an-oscar-worthy-performance-by-lady-gaga/#respond Tue, 09 Oct 2018 19:06:24 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=106810 Worldwide fame is a byproduct of the modern media age, with its ever-faster and seemingly instant ability to make anyone a success by having what’s deemed as the right look, regardless of talent. The pop singer Lady Gaga has been at the center of it all for the past decade, since the release of her […]

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‘NIGHT SCHOOL’ IS A HIT-OR-MISS COMEDY THAT WORKS OFTEN ENOUGH TO MERIT A VIEWING https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/09/night-school-is-a-hit-or-miss-comedy-that-works-often-enough-to-merit-a-viewing/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/09/night-school-is-a-hit-or-miss-comedy-that-works-often-enough-to-merit-a-viewing/#respond Tue, 09 Oct 2018 19:01:24 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=106814 The state of comedy films these days is pretty dire, with only “Crazy Rich Asians” having reached the blockbuster status of earning more than $100 million this year, and “Girls Trip” and the “Jumanji” reboot being the only comedies to do so last year. The biggest part of the problem has been R-rated comedies, which […]

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‘Life Itself’ will have viewers appreciating their own lives https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/09/20/life-itself-will-have-viewers-appreciating-their-own-lives/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/09/20/life-itself-will-have-viewers-appreciating-their-own-lives/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:00:31 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=106314 In a cinematic landscape increasingly dominated by effects-driven spectacles, Hollywood doesn’t seem to make tearjerker films anymore — movies like “Brian’s Song,” “Love Story” and “Titanic” that pack an emotional wallop rooted in characters that viewers care about deeply. But writer-director Dan Fogelman has been filling that gap weekly on television for the past two […]

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‘Five Fingers of Marseilles’ illustrates the aftermath of apartheid and the weaker aspects of human nature https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/09/13/five-fingers-of-marseilles-illustrates-the-aftermath-of-apartheid-and-the-weaker-aspects-of-human-nature/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/09/13/five-fingers-of-marseilles-illustrates-the-aftermath-of-apartheid-and-the-weaker-aspects-of-human-nature/#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:00:33 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=106237 What we see at first could be somewhere in North America: plains of golden grasses, reddish rocks, even a cow. It is only when the narrator begins to speak that the spell is broken: “Five Fingers for Marseilles,” which quietly subverts the traditional American Western in the context of post-South African apartheid where the cowboys […]

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‘White Boy Rick’ and ‘Peppermint’ offer vastly different takes on the urban crime genre https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/09/13/white-boy-rick-and-peppermint-offer-vastly-different-takes-on-the-urban-crime-genre/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/09/13/white-boy-rick-and-peppermint-offer-vastly-different-takes-on-the-urban-crime-genre/#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:00:08 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=106184 T here are two kinds of roles actors take that stand out: paycheck roles and passion projects. This week, we have two movies in theaters that serve as a perfect illustration of that dichotomy. On one hand, Jennifer Garner slums her way through the dispiritingly nihilistic revenge thriller “Peppermint.” On the other, Oscar-winning Matthew McConnaughey in […]

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Flick Finder 09.06.18 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/09/06/flick-finder-09-06-18/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/09/06/flick-finder-09-06-18/#respond Thu, 06 Sep 2018 13:00:51 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=106066 SHOWTIMES Friday Sep 07 to Thursday Sep 13   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. The Happytime Murders Fri.-Thurs., 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:15 p.m. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Fri.-Thurs., 12:45, 3:45, 7:10, 10:05 p.m. […]

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Flick Finder 08.30.18 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/30/105945/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/30/105945/#respond Thu, 30 Aug 2018 17:48:03 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105945 SHOWTIMES Friday Aug. 31 to Thursday Sept. 06   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. Avengers: Infinity War Fri.-Thurs., 3:30 p.m. The Darkest Minds Fri.-Thurs., 2:30 p.m. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Fri.-Thurs., 12:45, 3:45, 7, […]

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‘Operation Finale’ offers thrills in recounting the tale of Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s capture but ends badly — for Eichmann and audiences https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/30/operation-finale-offers-thrills-in-recounting-the-tale-of-nazi-adolf-eichmanns-capture-but-ends-badly-for-eichmann-and-audiences/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/30/operation-finale-offers-thrills-in-recounting-the-tale-of-nazi-adolf-eichmanns-capture-but-ends-badly-for-eichmann-and-audiences/#respond Thu, 30 Aug 2018 13:00:43 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105864 As summer winds down and the supply of mega-budget blockbusters trickles out, Hollywood often releases some of its most blasé duds of the year over the Labor Day weekend each year. This weekend’s new release “Operation Finale” offers a mix of good and bad qualities by presenting a strongly acted and good-looking historical thriller that […]

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