Opening in Las Vegas, September 29, 2017

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Battle of the Sexes (73) is reviewed by our own Marco below. I saw it, too, and it’s a good movie but not a great one.

American Made (65) looks like it might be fun, but seems like a rental. When Cruise plays characters like this, a pilot turned smuggler, he’s at his best. Doug Liman directs.

In another of a series of unnecessary remakes, Flatliners (30) will make no one forget the original, which was a decent sci-fi effort. I’m waiting for Ellen Page to fulfill the promise of Juno, and so far it hasn’t happened. She’s been mostly making indie films, which is noble, and I suppose she did this film to subsidize them.

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About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

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  1. Notwithstanding my interest in the film, the underwhelming box office off Battle Of The Sexes underlines my surprise that an event as old as that got such a wide release and promotion. Back in 2001, the same subject got only a TV movie (starring Holly Hunter and Ron Silver). In terms of biopics and historical events, the boomer era still has an incredibly strong hold.

    That Flatliners remake must be incredibly bad as its 3% RT rating puts it in the realm of Battlefield Earth & Speed 2.

    For some reason, American Made opened here in Australia way back in August and did OK BO and decent reviews

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