Film Reviews | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Mon, 19 Nov 2018 23:03:32 +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 Reviews | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com 32 32 136211528 Mark Wahlberg’s dramedy ‘Instant Family’ shines a spotlight on foster-care adoptions https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/11/15/mark-wahlbergs-dramedy-instant-family-shines-a-spotlight-on-foster-care-adoptions/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/11/15/mark-wahlbergs-dramedy-instant-family-shines-a-spotlight-on-foster-care-adoptions/#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:00:32 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=107706 One of the most heartbreaking problems in American society is the number of children and teenagers in the foster care system. According to the advocacy group Children’s Rights (childrensrights.org), there are nearly 438,000 children in foster care in the US on any given day, with over 687,000 kids having spent time in US foster care […]

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Hugh Jackman explores the downfall of Gary Hart and the rise of tabloid campaign journalism in ‘The Front Runner’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/11/08/hugh-jackman-explores-the-downfall-of-gary-hart-and-the-rise-of-tabloid-campaign-journalism-in-the-front-runner/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/11/08/hugh-jackman-explores-the-downfall-of-gary-hart-and-the-rise-of-tabloid-campaign-journalism-in-the-front-runner/#respond Thu, 08 Nov 2018 14:00:43 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=107588 In these days of 24-hour, nonstop news coverage in which the current president is accused of having sex with a porn star and the world is treated to her description of his genitalia, it’s hard to imagine there was a time when politicians thought they could get away with any sexual peccadillo they wished. The […]

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ brings the dynamic talents of Queen singer Freddie Mercury to life https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/11/01/bohemian-rhapsody-brings-the-dynamic-talents-of-queen-singer-freddie-mercury-to-life/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/11/01/bohemian-rhapsody-brings-the-dynamic-talents-of-queen-singer-freddie-mercury-to-life/#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 13:00:23 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=107436 There have been few rock stars in the annals of pop history who were as colorful as Freddie Mercury. As the lead singer of Queen, he used his four-octave vocal range to weave opera and rock together in ways that had never been heard before or since. His theatrical stage presence also drew a huge […]

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‘Beautiful Boy’ stars Steve Carell in the true-life tale of a father struggling to save his son from drug addiction https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/25/beautiful-boy-stars-steve-carell-in-the-true-life-tale-of-a-father-struggling-to-save-his-son-from-drug-addictionthe-drug-epidemic-sweeping-america-presently-is-affecting-millions-o/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/10/25/beautiful-boy-stars-steve-carell-in-the-true-life-tale-of-a-father-struggling-to-save-his-son-from-drug-addictionthe-drug-epidemic-sweeping-america-presently-is-affecting-millions-o/#respond Thu, 25 Oct 2018 13:00:10 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=107273 The drug epidemic sweeping America presently is affecting millions of people who in the past might have been untouched by the devastation of illegal narcotics and abused prescription medications. The new movie “Beautiful Boy” offers an occasionally harrowing reminder of that sad and scary fact while offering a touching real-life Prodigal Son story in which an […]

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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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