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Film Review: “Coco” Mixes Disney and Pixar in a Mostly Delightful Mix

Coco (Lee Unkrich/Adrian Molina, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. If, like me, you have an allergic reaction to maudlin sentimentality, be forewarned: Coco may raise your hackles at first. Wait it out, and you will find that there is … Continue reading

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Film Review: Despite Mostly Solid Performances, “Justice League” Disappoints

Justice League (Zack Snyder, 2017) 1½ out of 4 stars. Wouldn’t it be nice if a superhero film in our current era of comic-book oversaturation did not feature CGI mayhem and end-of-world scenarios? Or if it came without extended sequences … Continue reading

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Film Review: Wonderstruck

Wonderstruck – ***1/2 out of **** Director –writer-Todd Haynes (“Carol”, “Far from Heaven”) has teamed up again with the collaborative and legendary DP, Edward Lachman, to bring to the screen Brian Selznick’s(who also wrote the screenplay) young adult novel about two … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hercule Poirot, Mustachioed Action Star, Ruins Mediocre “Murder on the Orient Express”

Murder on the Orient Express (Kenneth Branagh, 2017) 1 out of 4 stars. Celebrated British mystery writer Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express is, as are most of her works, a tidy little masterpiece of crime, punishment … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Thor: Ragnarok” Proves Three’s the Charm

Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Until now, Thor has been my least favorite of the Marvel superheroes. This has nothing to do with casting – Chris Hemsworth (Rush) is a charismatic and capable actor – and … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Florida Project

Wonderful, endearing and creates a star out of a six-year old. The industry standard, the hallowed three-part structure of a screenplay doesn’t hold any longer. The primary “Establishing Shot” orienting the audience to the where, the who and the what, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Solid “Thank You for Your Service” Confronts Our Indifference

Thank You for Your Service (Jason Hall, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Thank You for Your Service marks the directorial debut of actor/screenwriter Jason Hall (American Sniper), and it makes for an auspicious start. Based on the 2013 nonfiction … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Foreigner” Crosses Genre Borders to Offer Engaging Thriller

The Foreigner (Martin Campbell) 3 out of 4 stars. It takes a while for The Foreigner to settle down. A film about a terrorist bombing and the retaliatory vengeance that it inspires, it is initially all over the place, cutting back … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Marshall Is a Travesty of Justice”

Marshall (Reginald Hudlin, 2017) ½ out of 4 stars.  Attention, dear reader! Focus. Do you know who Thurgood Marshall was? Born in 1908, the grandson of a slave, he became one of the towering titans of 20th-century American jurisprudence. In … Continue reading

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Film Review: Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 – ***1/2 out of **** Blade Runner 2049 is a hybrid sci-fi, film noir, police thriller, bounty –hunter pic married to a stupendous visual style that includes an eclectic collaborative effort in art direction, David Gassner’s production design, visual … Continue reading

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