Saturday, November 18, 2017

Writers

Steve Persall

Steve Persall

Steve Persall's movie reviews usually appear in Thursday's Weekend section but — like his columns, features and interviews — can pop up anywhere in the Tampa Bay Times, any day of the week. Persall was conceived behind a Tarpon Springs drive-in theater his father managed, making him practically born for this job. He lives in Clearwater with his wife, Dianne (a.k.a. the right side of his brain), and trusty dog, Mojo.



Why ‘Justice League’ nearly gets it right but still has DC movie problems

Why ‘Justice League’ nearly gets it right but still has DC movie problems

How many superheroes does it take to salvage a comic book universe?Six. Five doing the heavy lifting and the Flash, who’s the lowercase joker DC’s too-serious superhero franchise needs.Justice League assembles two overdone caped/cowled...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17
The Star movie (thestarmovie.com) 1215571

What’s new in theaters this week: ‘Justice League,’ ‘Wonder,’ ‘The Star’

OPENING FRIDAY:JUSTICE LEAGUEHow many superheroes does it take to salvage a comic book universe?Six. Five doing the heavy lifting and the Flash, who’s the lowercase joker DC’s too-serious superhero franchise...
Published: 11/15/17
This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Michelle Pfeiffer in a scene from,

What’s new in theaters: ‘Murder on the Orient Express,’ ‘Daddy’s Home 2’

OPENING FRIDAY:MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESSAgatha Christie’s signature mystery Murder on the Orient Express gets a classy remake 43 years after Ingrid Bergman won her third Oscar as one of a dozen unusual...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/14/17
Jeff Bridges, left, John Goodman, center, and Steve Buscemi appear in a scene from the motion picture

Lebowski Fest is at the Ritz Ybor this weekend, and you can abide with a White Russian

The last movie I saw at the Ritz in Ybor City could’ve been produced by Jackie Treehorn, the porn mogul played by Ben Gazzara in The Big Lebowski. That was in the mid 1970s, a St. Leo fraternity field trip. Not sure when the Ritz stopped...
Published: 11/08/17
This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Johnny Depp in a scene from,

Who killed all the fun in ‘Murder on the Orient Express’?

Kenneth Branagh’s somnambulant remake of Murder on the Orient Express is a murder mystery Agatha Christie never intended: Who killed her diabolical fun?The answer is right under our noses, like the cake frosting mustache under his. Branagh’s...
Published: 11/08/17
Colin Farrell in

Movie review: ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’

Yorgos Lanthimos serves revenge colder than some viewers will accept in The Killing of a Sacred Deer (R), a thriller taking its sweet time doing nasty things.Colin Farrell stars as Dr. Steven Murphy, a successful cardiologist with all the...
Published: 11/08/17
Julianne Moore and Oakes Fegley in the 1970s storyline of

Movie review: ‘Wonderstruck’ brings together two deaf children

Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck is a childhood fable brimming with lush visuals yet too wispy to bear them. Based on Brian Selznick’s 2011 novel, the movie , seldom jarring the heart as much as the eyes.Two children 50 years apart sharing more than...
Published: 11/08/17
Willem Dafoe, left, the indefatigable moral center of

What’s new in theaters: ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’

NOW IN THEATERS: A BAD MOMS CHRISTMASNo doubt the Bad Moms of 2015’s sleeper hit made Santa’s naughty list. He can underline their names after A Bad Moms Christmas (R), something for parents to see while the kids go shopping.Mila Kunis,...
Published: 11/03/17
Updated: 11/11/17
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn in the film,

‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ has the right cast but the wrong spirit

A Bad Moms Christmas is a comedy with better casting than jokes, a sequel sticking to the formula of using twice as much of whatever worked before.In this case, that means finding three women matching the diversely go-girl spirits of Mila...
Updated one month ago
'Thor: Ragnarok' movie (Marvel) 1214298

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ puts the comic in comic book as the god of thunder has some fun

They’re called comic books for a reason too many superhero movies neglect. Not Thor: Ragnarok, one keenly aware of how silly all this universe saving stuff is. Guardians of the Galaxy is fun; this movie’s funny. There’s a difference.Chalk it up...
Updated one month ago