Winchester Star: Movies

  • MOVIE REVIEW: Go with the flow for 'Deadpool 2'
    Friday - 05/18/2018 - 05:55 PM

    What to do before buying your ticket for “Deadpool 2”: There’s no need to check out the trailer. You don’t have to see the first one again (although it remains a real treat).More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Quincy native's TV crime drama picked up by Showtime
    Thursday - 05/17/2018 - 05:24 PM

    A new Boston crime drama written and created by Quincy native – and former Patriot Ledger intern –  Chuck MacLean will premiere on Showtime in 2019.The 12-episode series, “City on a Hill,” is based on an original idea by Ben Affleck.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Mary Steenburgen relishes humor, naughty bits of ‘Book Club’
    Tuesday - 05/15/2018 - 07:58 PM

    Mary Steenburgen has been balancing a career of acting in movies and TV and on theater stages for four decades. An Arkansas native, she’s married to Ted Danson, studied acting with Sandy Meisner, won a Supporting Actress Oscar for the 1980 film “Melvin and Howard,” plays the accordion, and stars, along with Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton and Candice Bergen in the new comedy “Book Club.”Steenburgen, 65, plays the down-to-earth but free-spirited Carol, who [...]

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  • GET REEL: All about Mom and a Movie Trivia Contest
    Sunday - 05/13/2018 - 02:05 AM

    What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day today than watching a movie about mothers? Well, I’m sure the moms out there could think of something more rewarding, but this is the best we can do on our limited budget.The following films aren’t necessarily the best movies about mothers, they just happen to be my personal favorites.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: Lots of bumps on the track in 'Racer and the Jailbird'
    Friday - 05/11/2018 - 08:46 AM

    It’s debatable what’s more appealing in “Racer and the Jailbird”: The sleek Porsche 911s or the two knockout actors behind the wheel. No offense to hunky Matthias Schoenaerts and pouty-lipped Adele Exarchopoulos, but I’m going with the car.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU: Show us how you party on Star Wars Day
    Friday - 05/04/2018 - 03:21 PM

    Dig out your Darth Vader mask and grab your lightsabers folks. Star Wars Day is coming at us at warp speed, and it’s time to show us how you celebrate the best film franchise in the galaxy!Whether you’re wearing your Obi-wan Kenobi robe to work, or doing your "do" in double ear buns Princess-Leia-style for school, snap some photos and send them our way.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • 'RBG' amuses, entertains and leaves you wanting more
    Friday - 05/04/2018 - 05:30 AM

    She’s been called “a disgrace” by Donald Trump; “notorious” by adoring millennials who view her as a black-robed superhero; and “friend” by the late Antonin Scalia, a man who didn’t suffer liberals lightly.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU: Show us how you party on Star Wars Day
    Thursday - 05/03/2018 - 06:01 PM

    Dig out your Darth Vader mask and grab your lightsabers folks. Star Wars Day is coming at us at warp speed, and it’s time to show us how you celebrate the best film franchise in the galaxy!Whether you’re wearing your Obi-wan Kenobi robe to work, or doing your "do" in double ear buns Princess-Leia-style for school, snap some photos and send them our way.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: Cowboy drama 'The Rider' is moving, lyrical
    Friday - 04/27/2018 - 06:50 AM

    Chloe Zhao may have been born and raised in China, but the gifted writer-director of “The Rider” knows and understands America more than just about all of us. And what better way for her to take the temperature of the Red, White and Blue than in a contemporary Western starring a remarkable man who is both cowboy and Indian?His name is Brady - like the quarterback.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Summer movie preview: Blockbusters or bombs?
    Tuesday - 04/24/2018 - 11:03 AM

    Streep. Wahlberg. Washington. Cruise. Super spies. Han Solo. Big sequels, bigger superheroes and the biggest stars highlight summer at the cinema.

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  • Movie review: 'Bye Bye Germany' is an enlightening post-war comedy
    Friday - 05/18/2018 - 06:00 AM

      I urge everyone to seek out director Sam Garbarski’s enlightening Holocaust dramedy, “Bye Bye Germany.” But the two descendants of immigrants I wish most to see it are Donald Trump and his xenophobic sidekick, Stephen Miller.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: Star-studded 'Book Club' tackles sex in the Sixties
    Thursday - 05/17/2018 - 07:44 AM

    Four Oscar-winners redefine “sex in the Sixties” with the mildly ribald “Book Club,” a safe, mostly coital-free rom-com stocked to the rafters in gags rooted in the same sort of ageism Bill Holderman’s well-meaning flick attempts to squelch.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Steenburgen, Fonda, Keaton and Bergen shed inhibitions in the film 'Book Club'
    Sunday - 05/13/2018 - 01:45 PM

    An anniversary gift of bedtime ear plugs is a sign that something is missing in a long marriage. Carol, played by Mary Steenburgen, feels the sensual emptiness of her marriage more acutely after she and her book club pals - played by Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Diane Keaton - read the international best seller "Fifty Shades of Grey.""It's gotten me into a tizzy," Carol tells her friends in the romantic comedy film "Book Club," which opens May 18 in theaters nationwide.That [...]

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  • Steenburgen Celebrates the Vitality of Older Women and Female Friendship
    Saturday - 05/12/2018 - 05:55 AM

     An anniversary gift of bedtime ear plugs is a sign that something is missing in a long marriage. Carol, played by Mary Steenburgen, feels the sensual emptiness of her marriage more acutely after she and her book club pals - played by Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Diane Keaton - read the international best seller "Fifty Shades of Grey.""It's gotten me into a tizzy," Carol tells her friends in the romantic comedy film "Book Club," which opens May 18 in theaters nationwide.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: Juliette Binoche is more radiant than 'Sunshine'
    Thursday - 05/10/2018 - 03:09 PM

     The dilemma facing a radiant Juliette Binoche in Claire Denis’ overly casual “Let the Sunshine In” is something a lot of middle-age women can identify with. Her Isabelle is 50ish, recently divorced and throwing herself back into the dating scene, eager to find a man to love.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: Keener fights to save her 'Little Pink House'
    Friday - 05/04/2018 - 05:35 AM

    In 1997, the seaside Connecticut city of New London was limp, unable to get its employment levels up. So who better to rectify that impotency than Pfizer Pharmaceutical and its new magic pill, Viagra?More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • ‘Tully’ has an odd but upbeat story to tell
    Friday - 05/04/2018 - 02:00 AM

    It’s been more than a decade since director and sometime writer Jason Reitman hit the ground running, churning out, in order, the thoughtful, offbeat, and entertaining string of films: “Thank You for Smoking,” “Juno” and “Up in the Air.” He hit a few bumps with “Young Adult,” bombed with “Labor Day,” and misfired with the ambitious but underappreciated “Men, Women & Children.”Now he’s [...]

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  • Movie review: Charlize Theron delivers in pregnancy drama, 'Tully'
    Thursday - 05/03/2018 - 08:13 PM

    Unless you’re Kate Middleton strolling out of hospital wearing spike heels and sporting a fresh blowout mere six hours after giving birth, motherhood is messy. And so is the matriarchal madness of “Tully.” It’s a comedy.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: 'Avengers: Infinity War' is a game-changer
    Wednesday - 04/25/2018 - 06:45 PM

     #MINDBLOWN. That’s how you’ll feel watching the audacious “Avengers: Infinity War,” as the masterminds at Marvel culminate 10 years and 19 films of narrative foreplay into a single over-stuffed superhero orgy.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • MOVIE REVIEW: ‘I Feel Pretty’ will make you feel pretty good
    Saturday - 04/21/2018 - 10:49 PM

    If, while watching this new Amy Schumer comedy, you get the feeling that you’ve seen something like it before, you won’t be alone. Once the premise got going, other films that came to mind included body-switching titles like “Freaky Friday” and “13 Going on 30.” This one even quoted from another film with a different but still-related plot device: “Big,” and the business of a young boy putting a coin in an arcade machine and saying, [...]

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  • Movie review: 'Beast' is a monstrous Gothic romance
    Friday - 05/18/2018 - 05:38 AM

    If there’s any hope of loving a heroine harboring a past that includes ramming a scissor into the chest of her teenage tormentor, you’d better hope she’s played by an actress as transfixing as Jessie Buckley.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: 'Deadpool 2' revels in its irreverence
    Thursday - 05/17/2018 - 11:50 AM

     Ryan Reynolds is back for another go as the Merc with a Mouth in “Deadpool 2,” and his timing couldn’t be better. Deadpool – in all his jabbering glory – is the salve we need to heal the emotional damage caused by “Avengers: Infinity Wars.” And boy does Reynolds – and a terrific ensemble - bring it.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • MOVIE REVIEW: Stellar gal pals have fun in ‘Book Club’
    Tuesday - 05/15/2018 - 08:22 PM

    When I heard about “Book Club’s” premise – four women “of a certain age” who have, for decades, been getting together to drink wine and discuss various books they’ve all read – I thought it could make for a fun and insightful film aimed at adults.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: Margot Robbie shines in bonkers 'Terminal'
    Friday - 05/11/2018 - 08:45 AM

    A man who wants to die, a woman who wants to murder him and two bored, bumbling hitmen killing time awaiting their next kill. That’s the enticement of the aptly titled “Terminal,” a neo-noir dramedy from rookie writer-director Vaughn Stein that purposely values highly stylized esthetics over sustenance.The result is stunningly gorgeous; a mixture of filtered light and looming shadows punctuated with bright, neon colored splotches set against the gray dystopian [...]

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  • Movie review: McCarthy gets the 'Party' started
    Thursday - 05/10/2018 - 02:10 PM

    In Melissa McCarthy’s new comedy, “Life of the Party,” she plays a housewife dumped by her husband and decides to return to college, the same school her daughter attends. Together they navigate the higher-education curricula of studying, partying, and hooking up – complete with a mother-daughter walk of shame.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Six fun facts about Star Wars Day
    Friday - 05/04/2018 - 08:00 AM

    1. May the Fourth be with you: Celebrating the Star Wars film franchise, Star Wars Day is observed by fans on May the Fourth, an obvious pun on the popular Jedi phrase "May the Force be with you." Taking puns a step further, May 5 has come to be called "Revenge of the Fifth," a play on "Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith," a day for fans to join the "dark side" and celebrate the Sith lords from the Star Wars movies.2.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: 'Disobedience' tells forbidden love story
    Friday - 05/04/2018 - 05:38 AM

     At Jewish funerals in the UK, mourners often wish each other “a long life.” It’s a greeting rooted in the belief that the older you grow, the closer to God you become.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie Review: 'Avengers: Infinity War' is a game-changer
    Saturday - 04/28/2018 - 09:00 PM

    #MINDBLOWN. That’s how you’ll feel watching the audacious “Avengers: Infinity War,” as the masterminds at Marvel culminate 10 years and 19 films of narrative foreplay into a single over-stuffed superhero orgy.Simply put, this “Avengers” is in full-on beast mode, with the filmmakers refusing to back off the gas for 156 thrill-packed minutes.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: Scarce scares in 'Ghost Stories'
    Friday - 04/27/2018 - 05:51 AM

      The scares are scarce in “Ghost Stories,” but it’s hard not to admire the craftsmanship of writer-directors Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson in creating a reverent ode to horror movies of the past.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: Holocaust drama is told through a child's eye
    Friday - 04/20/2018 - 06:06 AM

    Perhaps I’m becoming cynical in my old age, but I’d be lying if I said the flabby, sappy Holocaust drama, “A Bag of Marbles,” left me awash in emotion. Yes, the story of two Jewish brothers (ages 10 and 12) forging their way alone through occupied France in the two years preceding the Allied invasion is a remarkable example of familial love and resourcefulness.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share