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Dog’s Movie House: “Elvis,” “Black Phone” among the theatrical releases this week!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at the two big releases in theaters this week. In between all the cosmic, dinosaur, and superhero hoopla we have for your viewing pleasure a couple of different films for different audiences. The first is Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” a biopic that sometimes benefits from and is sometimes hurt by Luhrmann’s theatrical excesses. The next is Scott Derrickson’s “Black Phone” a highly anticpated horror film from Blumhouse studios starring Ethan Hawke. Of the two, “Black Phone” is the better picture, but “Elvis” is not without its pleasures despite a myriad of problems.

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Dog’s Movie House: “News Of The World” A Thoughtful Western Featuring Tom Hanks!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog with a look at “News Of The World” a new western film from Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Series) starring Tom Hanks as a world weary Civil War Veteran charged with taking a young girl of German descent back to her family after finding her hiding on the road. The film’s leisurely pace might turn off some, but those who stick with it will find a compelling story, beautifully shot scenery, and a couple of gangbuster performances from Hanks and young newcomer Helena Zengel.

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Movie News: Spielberg Rounds Out His Pentagon Cast!

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I am an avid fan of Steven Spielberg and I know he’s more interested in pursuing adult material, but the kid in me just wishes he would go back to the masterfully crafted adventures that I enjoyed so much as a kid.  Of course, he tried that last year with “The BFG,” and that tanked so I can understand if he’s a little gun shy right now.  That said, he’s got a new film in the pipeline called “The Papers” about the Washington Post’s decision to publish the classified Pentagon Papers in 1971. Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “The Circle,” “Sleight”

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Jacob Latimore in “Sleight”



The summer movie season is soon upon us, with “Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2” coming around the corner.  In the meantime, there are a couple of new releases this week that are worth checking out before the multiplexes get jammed pack with the hordes of fans of Star Lord and Rocket.   One of these films is destined to become a cult hit, while the other stars Emma Watson and Tom Hanks and will not be the high point on either of their own resumes. Continue reading

The Kenblog: Surprising Oscar Snubs!


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Well the Oscar nominations have just been announced and once again it comes down to movies most of the movie going public haven’t had a chance to see.  “La La Land” gets a record tying 14 nominations (and I’m still ashamed to admit I haven’t seen it yet) and Meryl Streep gets nominated for the 1,000,000nth time.  (More on that later.)  Still, there were some surprising snubs on the list and one movie favorite of mine whose non-inclusion in the Oscar festivities serves more as a case of wishful thinking than an actual snub.  Continue reading