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Film Review: “Late Night” Sparkles, If Not Throughout

Late Night (Nisha Ganatra, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. From writer/star Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) comes a charming, if uneven, new comedy, Late Night, about the lone female late-night talk-show host whose time in the spotlight may be … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Men in Black: International” Is Pleasant, If Pedestrian

Men in Black: International (F. Gary Gray, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Back in 2012, the keepers of the Men in Black cinematic franchise served up a delicious third course for the series, largely making up for the less inspired … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Booksmart” Gets an A from Me

Booksmart (Olivia Wilde) 3½ out of 4 stars. Among the line of popular coming of age stories that have been circulating through our cinemas over the last few years, Booksmart stands out for its playfully raunchy approach of redefining what … Continue reading

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Film Review: You Will Want to Hustle Right out of “The Hustle”

The Hustle (Chris Addison) 1 out of 4 stars. For every middle of the road studio comedy film, there is one uninspired, unfunny, unwatchable pre-summer flick that makes you question whether this could be the very end of cinema. This … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Secret Life of Pets 2” Offers Passable Fun, but None Worthy of Silver Screen

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Jonathan del Val/Chris Renaud, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. I’m always hesitant to review a sequel. As a critic, you want to do your job of critiquing an artist’s work with as much … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Dark Phoenix” Burns Itself Down

Dark Phoenix (Simon Kinberg, 2019) 1½ out of 4 stars. There is nothing wrong with Dark Phoenix that a coherent plot – and, even more important, logical placement of the film within the larger X-Men cinematic universe – wouldn’t fix. Since script is everything, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” Doubles Down on Monster Action but Retains Dull Human Characters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Michael Dougherty, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Five years ago, Gareth Edwards brought the second American reimagining of one of Japan’s most cherished exports, Godzilla, to life. Godzilla (2014) was a dignified and well-crafted … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Rocketman” Powers Through Its Faults to a Rousing Finish

Rocketman (Dexter Fletcher, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. I went into Rocketman, the new biopic about Elton John, knowing little to nothing about the life of the man but loving much of his music. That said, it doesn’t take … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Ma” Is Unwatchable

Ma (Tate Taylor, 2019) ½ out of 4 stars. A film as nonsensical as it is terrible, Tate Taylor’s Ma commits numerous cinematic crimes, among them the absolutely indefensible one of wasting the talent of the great Octavia Spencer. Featuring laughably … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Booksmart” Offers Enjoyable Laugh Lessons

Booksmart (Olivia Wilde, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. There is much to like and admire in actress Olivia Wilde’s feature directorial debut, Booksmart. For starters, there are her two lead actresses, Kaitlyn Dever (All Summers End) and Beanie Feldstein … Continue reading

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