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"All the Money in the World." Starring Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg and Charlie Plummer. Directed by Ridley Scott. The true story behind the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and his mother’s efforts to get his billionaire grandfather to pay the ransom. 132 minutes. Rated R for language, some violence, disturbing images and brief dru…

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It was one of the secretly sublime moments in all of 1950s movies. The movie was Jack Arnold's 1954 monster classic "The Creature from The Black Lagoon," a B-movie in which only a fool could have predicted it would have a moment of the sublime. But there it was: in a scene upriver where the ugly Gill-Man has been hiding, the movie's beauteous, long-limbed star Julie Adams …

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Alexander Payne's "Downsizing" is a tour-de-force. Everyone pretty much knows that coming in, i.e. when you sit in a moviehouse where a whole alternative society has been created for humans five inches tall, you jolly well know you're going to see amazing things. And so you do. Especially when you see the two human worlds co-existing side by side: the mini-world and …

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There is a fine, maybe great, movie inside "The Greatest Showman." Unfortunately, it's hemmed in on all sides by the musical that it is (which was written by Pasek and Paul, previously responsible for "La La Land.") This isn't the first Barnum musical. The great movie it could have been was, at long last, the great and completely persuasive Hollywood movie biography of …

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Emma Voit, a petite 12th-grader at Maryvale High School, sat attentively in the auditorium Friday afternoon as actor William Fichtner fielded questions from the cast and crew of the school's annual musical production. Voit, cast in a lead role in the school's production of "The Little Mermaid," listened to Fichtner as he described film after film of his successful caree…

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"This time, it's personal." Yeah, yeah, you've no doubt heard that orotund threat before in movie trailers for the newest sequel to some action revenge movie starring Charles Bronson, Bruce Willis or Liam Neeson. Readjust your appetite for mayhem. I'm using it in a much milder and friendly context, suitable for the holiday season. Here is my wayward personal list of …

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"Waaayy overhyped," grumbled the gentleman behind me as we both exited "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." He was registering disappointment to his devoted family, not a fellow from the working press in front of him. Grumblers and sourpusses are usually the first to exit theaters when the giant tentpole movies open. I'm always among them only because I don't like to dawdle gett…

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Maryvale High School will honor alumnus and Hollywood actor William E. Fichtner at 2 p.m. Friday by dedicating its auditorium to him, said Joseph D'Angelo, superintendent of Maryvale Union Free School District. Fichtner, a 1974 Maryvale graduate, will also be inducted as a distinguished alumni, D'Angelo said. Fichtner will be joined by friends, members of his family and…

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There is a very good reason for seeing Woody Allen's new film "Wonder Wheel," but I'm afraid that it's going to be almost exclusively evident to Woody Allen professionals, i.e. those of us who have literally spent decades seeing everything he's put out since "What's Up, Tiger Lily" at the beginning (in which he, hilariously, re-dubbed a chopsocky movie with such dialogue a…

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"Just Getting Started" is just about as bad as movies get that boast a top-level cast. It's like this: Imagine you get an invitation to a party from a renowned host, a guy who, in fact, threw one of the greatest parties you've ever been to. Imagine further that to inveigle you into coming, he has sent you the confirmed guest list, which is packed with the names of peopl…

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The most unexpectedly poignant scene of 2017 comes near the end of “The Disaster Artist,” an uproarious and genuinely insightful creation. It is the premiere night for “The Room,” a film written, produced, directed by and starring a man of mystery named Tommy Wiseau. If you’ve seen “The Room,” or know the story of the film and Wiseau, you can guess what happened the nig…

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In his early 20s, Max Schneider was balancing a musical career with acting gigs. For an artist “teetering between both worlds,” he landed a nice role a few years ago: Schneider played the songwriter Van Dyke Parks in “Love & Mercy,” the 2014 biopic of Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson. But it’s that role that convinced him to leave acting – save for a glittery, Lenny K…

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The last few times the kids and I tried to settle in by the fireplace to watch a cozy Christmas movie, we were sadly disappointed. We searched Netflix for all the old favorites. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”? Not there. “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”? Nope. “Scrooged”? Not even. Bah! Humbug! Netflix’s selection should be boiled in its own pudding. Don’t get …

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TORONTO - It started with the first book he bought - a compilation of horror stories edited by Forrest J. Ackerman. Guillermo del Toro was only 7, but he was already fascinated by monsters, outsiders and death. More than 40 years later, del Toro's passion for monsters, movies, comics, books and art still burns, fueling the two major roles of his life: filmmaker and coll…

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Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Stewart, Kim Novak and, yes, even Bruce Willis are some of the stars whose films will be shown as part of the "TCM Big Screen Classics" for 2018. Movies are shown at 2 and 7 p.m. monthly on a Sunday and Wednesday. Locally, they are screened at the Elmwood Regal and Regal Transit. A full list of theaters and tickets can be found via FathomEvents.co…