Film Reviews | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Fri, 18 May 2018 19:45:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 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 ‘Book Club’ and ‘Life of the Party’ try to show that it’s never too late to find fun https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/17/book-club-and-life-of-the-party-try-to-show-that-its-never-too-late-to-find-fun/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/17/book-club-and-life-of-the-party-try-to-show-that-its-never-too-late-to-find-fun/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 13:00:37 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103554 It used to be that mid-life crises were the kind of thing that could make a person feel like their life was over and there was no hope to make things better in the rest of their lives. But with the ever-expanding financial power of the Baby Boomer generation wielding greater and greater influence, attitudes […]

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‘Boom for Real’ offers a mostly nonjudgmental look at the life and art of Jean-Michel Basquiat https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/10/boom-for-real-offers-a-mostly-nonjudgmental-look-at-the-life-and-art-of-jean-michel-basquiat/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/10/boom-for-real-offers-a-mostly-nonjudgmental-look-at-the-life-and-art-of-jean-michel-basquiat/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 13:00:27 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103436 If you’re not familiar with Jean-Michel Basquiat’s brief life you might be mystified at first by the affectionately crafted documentary “Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat.” The documentary begins with grainy black and white footage of New York City in 1975, with then-President Gerald Ford’s voice heard talking about a city […]

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Charlize Theron reaches beyond her steely strength to work comically emotional magic in ‘Tully’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/charlize-theron-reaches-beyond-her-steely-strength-to-work-comically-emotional-magic-in-tully/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/charlize-theron-reaches-beyond-her-steely-strength-to-work-comically-emotional-magic-in-tully/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 13:00:28 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103281 Jason Reitman is a filmmaker who has built his reputation around creating emotionally powerful dramedies involving unpredictable characters in such films as “Juno,” “Up in the Air” and the vastly underrated and nearly unseen “Men, Women & Children.” In two of his best films— the Oscar-winning smash “Juno” and 2012’s underrated “Young Adult”— he teamed […]

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Comic Amy Schumer knocks it out of the park in the bold and groundbreaking ‘I Feel Pretty’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/26/comic-amy-schumer-knocks-it-out-of-the-park-in-the-bold-and-groundbreaking-i-feel-pretty/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/26/comic-amy-schumer-knocks-it-out-of-the-park-in-the-bold-and-groundbreaking-i-feel-pretty/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:00:24 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103100 Amy Schumer has been a lightning rod for controversy from the start of her comedy career, sparking love-her-or-hate-her attention due to a combination of her often raw candor about her sex life and accusations that she has stolen some key jokes in her repertoire from other comics. Yet she has also proven herself to be […]

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Dwayne Johnson’s monster-studded ‘Rampage’ will wow your inner 8-year-old https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/19/dwayne-johnsons-monster-studded-rampage-will-wow-your-inner-8-year-old/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/19/dwayne-johnsons-monster-studded-rampage-will-wow-your-inner-8-year-old/#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:00:43 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103005 It often seems that the more Hollywood’s special effects technology improves the worse the storylines and characters of the films they’re used in become. Not so with “Rampage,” which raises the bar on blockbuster entertainment, offering a wow-inducing time at the movies by following its own bizarre internal logic and featuring well-motivated characters with brains […]

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Actor John Krasinski is a filmmaker to watch with the release of his horror film ‘A Quiet Place’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/12/actor-john-krasinski-is-a-filmmaker-to-watch-with-the-release-of-his-horror-film-a-quiet-place/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/12/actor-john-krasinski-is-a-filmmaker-to-watch-with-the-release-of-his-horror-film-a-quiet-place/#respond Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:00:35 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=102737 For nine seasons on the NBC sitcom “The Office,” John Krasinski won viewers’ hearts by imbuing the character Jim Halpert with a slow-burning comic exasperation and Everyman empathy. In the five years since that series ended, he seemed to have a hard time finding his footing in the entertainment landscape, shifting into character-actor action-hero mode […]

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Superstar comedian Jim Gaffigan plunges into drama in ‘Chappaquiddick’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/05/superstar-comedian-jim-gaffigan-plunges-into-drama-in-chappaquiddick/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/05/superstar-comedian-jim-gaffigan-plunges-into-drama-in-chappaquiddick/#respond Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:00:08 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=102600 Growing up Catholic in the small town of Chesterton, Indiana in the late 1960s and ’70s, Jim Gaffigan had a fascination with the famed Kennedy clan. After all, he recalls them as “the peak Catholic family,” thanks to the fact that they produced both a president in John F. Kennedy and an assassinated Democratic presidential […]

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‘White Savior’ storyline leaves tracks on ‘Isle of Dogs’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/03/29/white-savior-storyline-leaves-tracks-on-isle-of-dogs/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/03/29/white-savior-storyline-leaves-tracks-on-isle-of-dogs/#respond Thu, 29 Mar 2018 13:00:48 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=102412 Wes Anderson’s animated feature “Isle of Dogs” isn’t really about Japan any more than is W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s “The Mikado,” but not everyone will know that. Don’t misunderstand; the movie gets many things right while mixing old American ideas about Japan with contemporary aspects of the country’s culture. Driven by the urgent taiko […]

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First gay teen romance film ever tugs all the right heartstrings https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/03/22/first-gay-teen-romance-film-ever-tugs-all-the-right-heartstrings/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/03/22/first-gay-teen-romance-film-ever-tugs-all-the-right-heartstrings/#comments Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:00:48 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=102256 Growing up in the 1980s, I was obsessed with the teen movies of writer-director John Hughes, from “Sixteen Candles” through “Breakfast Club,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and more. They helped millions of adolescents like me navigate the rough waters of the teenage years by giving us characters we could relate to and feel understood while […]

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Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams find fun in the Everyman tradition of ‘Game Night’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/03/15/jason-bateman-and-rachel-mcadams-find-fun-in-the-everyman-tradition-of-game-night/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/03/15/jason-bateman-and-rachel-mcadams-find-fun-in-the-everyman-tradition-of-game-night/#respond Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:00:14 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=102072 In a film world where the movies that draw the most attention are either big-budget blockbusters or low-budget art films aiming for Oscars, it is increasingly harder to find a good, solid mid-budget movie that’s just about people and simply trying to entertain the audience. Almost no one is out there making movies that regular […]

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