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Re: “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years

OK, fair enough. Perhaps I read too much into the phrase "undeniably the least gifted of the group..." (as well as the follow-up discussion that appeared to suggest that his primary function was simply to come up with wacky sayings). To my ear, it just sounded, well, kind of dismissive.

But I think, ultimately, we're in full agreement. The band wouldn't have been who they were without any of those guys.

And, in any case, really looking forward to seeing the movie. Thanks.

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Posted by Nichael Cramer on 10/03/2016 at 10:03 PM

Re: “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years

And he's one of my favorites too. But, as you say, the Beatle bar is high. He was a great drummer. George was a great guitarist. But he also wrote Something and invented the benefit rock concert. Who does that leave-are we seriously going to suggest either was the equal of John or Paul? No insult intended but do the math: Of the four, Ringo was the least fab.

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Posted by Rick Kisonak on 10/03/2016 at 1:15 PM

Re: “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years

"Ringo Starr, undeniably the least gifted of the group..."

OK, granted that being a member of the Beatles sets the bar pretty high, but... "....undeniably the least gifted of the group...[!!]" Nothing personal, but are you nuts??

Granted, Starr was not a song-writer, or --frankly-- much of a singer. But, _musically_, he held his own with _any_ of the others.

I worked as a musician for decades and I never met a drummer who didn't list Starr in their top-five list of favorite rock drummers.

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Posted by Nichael Cramer on 09/30/2016 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Nine Lives

Promised my next door neighbor for his birthday to take him to see this movie on opening day in South Carolina only to be told by our local theaters that are fairly new and large in size that they are not going to be showing this movie they pulled down all of their posters and stuff all advertisement and are giving me no answers so now I have a broken hearted neighbor they didn't get his birthday wish how s***** and disappointing

Posted by Lauren Loves-someone With-autism on 08/12/2016 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Didn't really "get" this movie. Not funny and they were always drunk.

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Posted by Steph Holdridge on 07/30/2016 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Love this review, so well said! And I love Patsy and Eddy, may they reign supreme.

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Posted by Eva Sollberger on 07/29/2016 at 11:34 PM

Re: “The Conjuring 2

Greater length? Please, spare me. The movie sucked. Give it one star for the scary nun. Simple minded religionists of the Michelle Bachman variety will like it.

Posted by Jimshifty on 06/21/2016 at 10:37 PM

Re: “A Bigger Splash

Yeah, what he said. Essentially.

Posted by Rick Kisonak on 06/13/2016 at 3:42 PM

Re: “A Bigger Splash

Actually, I think you have missed it, and no, "virtually" or "essentially" would not work in this context. The author took pains to point out that the location of the film was "sun drenched" throughout the review. Re-read the passage which has so offended you as "all of the emotions which the actress communicated were in a location which was very sunny...literally.", and you will see that not only is it an accurate use of the word, but in fact it is a play on words which clearly went over your head. Figuratively.

On a side note; several studies have shown that people who singularly focus on grammatical error correction (real or perceived) as their "contribution" to a discussion or review, are not often considered a lot of fun to be with. Literally.

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Posted by Masadavt on 06/13/2016 at 7:28 AM

Re: “The Lobster

It's Olivia Colman - I think you're thinking of Sophie, her character on Peep Show :)

Posted by DasBrute on 06/08/2016 at 2:18 PM

Re: “A Bigger Splash

"That doesn't hinder an actress of Swinton's prowess from communicating every emotion under the sun. Literally."

Here is yet another instance of the tedious misuse and over-employment of the word "literally." Its true meaning has been wholly corrupted, as writers ignore or misunderstand its actual denotation.
Wouldn't "virtually" or "essentially" be a much better word choice, here?

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Posted by aparigraha on 06/06/2016 at 2:34 PM

Re: “A Hologram for the King

Wow, lots of Larry Crowne fans out there! Which is great. This is America. But Robert, I wouldn't want you worrying about my credibility as a critic simply because I found it tedious and trite. You might care to read Roger Ebert's review of the film:… He said pretty much the same thing I did in mine. And I think we can all agree he was a fairly credible critic. What with the Pulitzer, etc.

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Posted by Rick Kisonak on 05/10/2016 at 1:09 PM

Re: “A Hologram for the King

I agree with the other comment. Larry Crowne is a terrific movie, and you saying otherwise makes me question your credibility as a film critic.

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Posted by Robert Bly on 05/07/2016 at 7:47 AM

Re: “A Hologram for the King

Downs? LARRY CROWNE? You gotta be kidding.

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Posted by Leo Finsterwald on 05/04/2016 at 8:09 PM

Re: “'71

Quaint hamlets? Do you know ANYTHING about Belfast in the 70s?

Jeez, man, buy a history book.

Posted by Teddy Jones on 05/01/2016 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Miles Ahead

Miles Ahead is certainly not a run-of-the-mill biopic. Be thankful for that. If Cheadle hasn't invented some original film vocabulary for this movie, he has definitely employed some creative, avant-garde techniques to tell an original story about the tortured genius that rings true and gets inside his soul. With some very minor flaws by a first-time director, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. ***1/2

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Posted by Jimshifty on 04/28/2016 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Midnight Special

When journalist Dahr Jamail says, "If you want to see a really compelling movie....don't miss this one...director/writer Jeff Nichols is in his own league...:" I listen.

Posted by Ellen Powell on 04/25/2016 at 2:21 AM

Re: “I Saw the Light

I'm not sure "doing a passable impression" rises to the level of panning Hiddleston's performance but you're certainly on the money with regard to Hank3's bitterness about the film's creators not reaching out to him in any way. I'd love to hear what you think once you see the film (keep a yawn count, would you?). I'm hoping to have better biopic luck this weekend with Born to Be Blue.

Posted by Rick Kisonak on 04/14/2016 at 6:42 PM

Re: “I Saw the Light

To be fair, Hank III made those comments about the actor long before the movie had come out (I'd read them elsewhere back in the early fall). Presumably, now that it's out, he hasn't bothered to see the movie at all. Hank's daughter Jett Williams has seen it and has said the opposite (at least about the actor's portrayal). So did singer Rodney Crowell who had worked closely with Tom Hiddleston preparing him for the role. Most of the reviews I've read are lukewarm at best about the storyline and directing, but I haven't read many, save for yours, that pans Hiddleston's portrayal. I'll judge it for myself on its own merits when I do see it instead of relying on the opinions of Hank III who doesn't seem to take issue with the lackluster story, as you described it, but with where the lead actor was born. (maybe a man who would be okay with a yawn-worthy plot if the lead actor was played by a Southerner is simply expressing that he's upset he wasn't the Southerner asked to play the lead)

Posted by Alice on 04/12/2016 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

poorly written and very much a copy paste of other hate articles , i rate this 8 % of 200

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Posted by Hristo Kamburov on 04/06/2016 at 8:10 AM

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