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Film Review: “Penguins” Is Soulless

Penguins (Alastair Fothergill/Jeff Wilson, 2019) 1 out of 4 stars.  Disneynature, a production arm within the larger Disney Studios, produces nature documentaries with an eye – according to its mission statement – to bringing the “world’s top nature filmmakers together to … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Little” Never Makes It Big

Little (Tina Gordon Chism, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Would that Little made a bigger splash. Instead, it sets its sights so low that when the comedy succeeds, it is almost in spite of the premise, rather than because of … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Best of Enemies” Offers the Bare Minimum of Racial Tension

The Best of Enemies (Robin Bissell, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. In today’s heated and hate-injected racial climate, one can’t deny the timeliness of the release of Robin Bissell’s The Best of Enemies, set in 1971 Durham, North Carolina. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Pet Sematary” Misses the Mark

Pet Sematary (Kevin Kölsch/Dennis Widmyer, 2019) 1½ out of 4 stars. I have neither read Stephen King’s 1983 novel Pet Sematary, nor seen, in full, its first, 1989 movie adaptation. Since the latter is currently available to watch for free … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Shazam!” Ekes Out a Good Time

Shazam! (David F. Sandberg, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. A very silly combination of the 1988 movie Big and the broad strokes of the modern superhero mythos, Shazam! barely holds up to even the most basic narrative scrutiny, yet manages … Continue reading

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Film Review: Let’s (Not) Get Ready to “Dumbo” …

Dumbo (Tim Burton, 2019) 1 out of 4 stars. Disney’s original Dumbo, released in 1941, was but 64 minutes long. A sweet, simple story, it told the tale of a young elephant born with outsize ears, making him the butt … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Paranoia and Fear of the Doppelgänger Infiltrates Jordan Peele’s “Us”

Us (Jordan Peele, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Once again Jordan Peele crashes through our mental cavities without any discernable mercy and penetrates our nightmares with the overlooked fear of the doppelgänger in Us. Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o and Winston … Continue reading

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Film Review: CAPTAIN MARVEL

“Captain Marvel” – ** OUT OF 4 Writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (“ Half Nelson”) bring back the mid-1990’s with comments ranging  about everything from  computers  to music in this  21st latest iteration  about the 18 billion dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe.   The … Continue reading

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Film Review: Happy Death Day 2U and the Originality of Unoriginality

Happy Death Day 2U (Christopher Landon) 3½ out of 4 stars The first Happy Death Day was often described as “Groundhog’s Day meets Scream.” This one tones down the Scream, turns up the Groundhog’s Day, and adds a new layer … Continue reading

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“Dragon 3” Delivers Family Fun but Never Matches Dramatic Weight of Predecessors

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Dean DeBlois, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Dean DeBlois, director of Dragons 1 and 2, draws the velvet curtain on the newly formed How to Train Your Dragon trilogy with its final installment, The … Continue reading

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