Film Reviews | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:56:41 +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 ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ creates a cinematic sensation while challenging film and TV casting practices https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/16/crazy-rich-asians-creates-a-cinematic-sensation-while-challenging-film-and-tv-casting-practices/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/16/crazy-rich-asians-creates-a-cinematic-sensation-while-challenging-film-and-tv-casting-practices/#respond Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:00:39 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105655 “Crazy Rich Asians” is more than a movie. It’s a book of the same name, and it’s also a social movement, one you might want to hop on despite personal tastes in romantic comedies. The book, written by Kevin Kwan, and the film, co-written for the screen by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, begin with […]

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Spike Lee presents his best film of the 2000s with the audacious new true-life tale “Blackkklansman”  https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/09/spike-lee-presents-his-best-film-of-the-2000s-with-the-audacious-new-true-life-tale-blackkklansman/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/09/spike-lee-presents-his-best-film-of-the-2000s-with-the-audacious-new-true-life-tale-blackkklansman/#respond Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:00:33 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105478 There are few filmmakers in America more associated with tackling racial issues than Spike Lee, the African-American writer-director who exploded onto the national consciousness nearly 30 years ago with 1989’s incendiary classic “Do the Right Thing.” That tale of a riot breaking out in Brooklyn on the hottest day of the year presented a truly […]

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‘Eighth Grade’ and ‘Blindspotting’ provide vibrant views on life from often overlooked sources https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/02/eighth-grade-and-blindspotting-provide-vibrant-views-on-life-from-often-overlooked-sources/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/08/02/eighth-grade-and-blindspotting-provide-vibrant-views-on-life-from-often-overlooked-sources/#respond Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:00:34 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105317 There are few more universally awkward times in life than the cusp of adolescence and the transition from middle school to high school. Nearly every human being who goes through eighth grade endures challenges to their emotions and psyche that will forever shape their lives as adults. However, some people aren’t forced to really grow up […]

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Denzel Washington kicks butt again in ‘The Equalizer 2,’ but the entertaining film is marred by weak villains https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/07/26/denzel-washington-kicks-butt-again-in-the-equalizer-2-but-the-entertaining-film-is-marred-by-weak-villains/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/07/26/denzel-washington-kicks-butt-again-in-the-equalizer-2-but-the-entertaining-film-is-marred-by-weak-villains/#respond Thu, 26 Jul 2018 13:00:23 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105145 Denzel Washington is one of Hollywood’s finest actors, a guy who can handle both serious drama in films like “Fences” and action in countless thrillers, such as “Man on Fire” and “Safe House.” He brings the two genres together in a way that few others can, adding serious moral weight to films that most other […]

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Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill and filmmaker Gus Van Sant team up for the Oscar-worthy Callahan biopic ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/07/19/joaquin-phoenix-jonah-hill-and-filmmaker-gus-van-sant-team-up-for-the-oscar-worthy-callahan-biopic-dont-worry-he-wont-get-far-on-foot/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/07/19/joaquin-phoenix-jonah-hill-and-filmmaker-gus-van-sant-team-up-for-the-oscar-worthy-callahan-biopic-dont-worry-he-wont-get-far-on-foot/#respond Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:00:20 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=105000 John Callahan was a hopeless, Portland-based alcoholic, starting his days desperately trying to get the first drink that would keep his buzz going from the night before. Yet he managed to maintain a sly charm, both as a means of always scoring that next drink and to woo the next woman into bed with him. […]

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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Skyscraper’ is hokey and implausible, but undeniably fun https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/07/12/dwayne-johnsons-skyscraper-is-hokey-and-implausible-but-undeniably-fun/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/07/12/dwayne-johnsons-skyscraper-is-hokey-and-implausible-but-undeniably-fun/#respond Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:00:58 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=104840 Does anyone go to a movie starring Dwayne Johnson for anything remotely resembling realism? Perhaps more than any other movie star on the planet — perhaps even in movie history — he’s perfected a mix of unbelievable physical strength, goofy humor and an inherent heroic, all-American decency that works whether he’s in the hard-charging “Fast […]

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Lack of villains makes ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ feel like punches were pulled https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/07/05/lack-of-villains-makes-ant-man-and-the-wasp-feel-like-punches-were-pulled/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/07/05/lack-of-villains-makes-ant-man-and-the-wasp-feel-like-punches-were-pulled/#respond Thu, 05 Jul 2018 13:00:49 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=104670 One of the many refreshing qualities that have helped the Marvel superhero movies dominate the global box office over the past decade has been their strong sense of humor. Rather than merely being brooding and morose like the DC films such as “Man of Steel” and “Batman vs. Superman,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) from […]

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ still has thrills, but loses some freshness https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/28/jurassic-world-fallen-kingdom-still-has-thrills-but-loses-some-freshness/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/28/jurassic-world-fallen-kingdom-still-has-thrills-but-loses-some-freshness/#respond Thu, 28 Jun 2018 13:00:18 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=104445 It’s been a full 25 years since the first “Jurassic Park” movie hit theaters, scaring up over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office while proving that director Steven Spielberg could scare moviegoers as much as any horror filmmaker. And with that kind of money pouring out from filmmakers, Hollywood just had to find […]

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‘Tag’ is obnoxious and unfunny, but ‘Hearts Beat Loud’ is a surprising pleasure https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/21/tag-is-obnoxious-and-unfunny-but-hearts-beat-loud-is-a-surprising-pleasure/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/21/tag-is-obnoxious-and-unfunny-but-hearts-beat-loud-is-a-surprising-pleasure/#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:00:12 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=104289 I’m usually a sucker for big, loud action comedies that have all the subtlety of a sledgehammer falling off a skyscraper, so I was looking forward to seeing the new movie “Tag” last weekend. Starring an interesting cast of witty guys — Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress and Jeremy Renner chief among them — who appeared […]

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‘Ocean’s 8’ and ‘American Animals’ offer two wildly different looks at the heist genre https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/14/oceans-8-and-american-animals-offer-two-wildly-different-looks-at-the-heist-genre/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/14/oceans-8-and-american-animals-offer-two-wildly-different-looks-at-the-heist-genre/#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 13:00:21 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=104180 At one key moment in the new female-driven heist film “Oceans 8,” heist leader Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock as the sister of now-dead George Clooney character Danny Ocean) pumps up her fellow team members by saying, “Don’t do this for you. Somewhere out there is a little 8-year-old girl, lying awake and dreaming of becoming a […]

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