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Film Review: “Game Night” Is Dumb Fun

Game Night (John Francis Daley/Jonathan Goldstein, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. A completely stupid film about a group of friends whose game night goes horribly wrong (but also, so right), layered on top of an equally dumb tale of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Derivative “Annihilation” Disappoints

Annihilation (Alex Garland, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. In retrospect, I should not have read Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation – the first volume of his “Southern Reach” trilogy – just before watching director Alex Garland’s cinematic adaptation of it. I loved the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Black Panther” Delivers a Glorious New Hero

Black Panther (Ryan Coogler, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. Call me a curmudgeon, but I am, overall, exhausted by the superhero genre, and the never-ending, extended universe(s) that come(s) with it. That doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Hostiles”–The Hostility of the American West Unveiled in Scott Cooper Western

Hostiles (Scott Cooper, 2017) 3 stars out of 4. Director Scott Cooper continues his love for complex and trouble protagonists in his latest film Hostiles starring Christian Bale, Wes Studi, and Rosamund Pike. The year is 1892 and the tension between … Continue reading

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Film Review: Terrific “The Post” Chronicles Great American Journalism

The Post (Steven Spielberg, 2017) 3½ out of 4 stars. Join me, dear moviegoer, on a journey back in time to when the fourth estate brought down a presidency through the exercise of its craft. Believers in their positions as … Continue reading

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Film Review: Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name – **** out of ****4 Stars Italian director – Luca Guadagnino (“I Am Love”, “A Bigger Splash”) finishes his third film in his “Desire” trilogy with his best and most acclaimed work to date. Along with his co-writer … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Downsizing” Needs Major Trimming

Downsizing (Alexander Payne, 2017) 1½ out of 4 stars. One of the many curious aspects of Downsizing, the new film from Alexander Payne (Nebraska), is how a story about stripping ourselves of excess expands to include an overwhelming multitude of … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Greatest Showman” Is All Show, Little Substance

The Greatest Showman (Michael Gracey, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars. What to make of The Greatest Showman, an original musical – written for the screen, not stage – starring Hugh Jackman (Logan) as 19th-century circus impresario P.T. Barnum? Filled … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the Force Rises, Then Takes a Midday Nap

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. As a child of the 1970s, I grew up adoring the original Star Wars franchise … at least until The Return of the Jedi came around, with … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Disaster Artist” Reaps Magic from Chaos

The Disaster Artist (James Franco, 2017) 3½ out of 4 stars. The Disaster Artist, in case you haven’t heard, is a movie about the making of another movie. The film in question is The Room, a 2003 drama directed by … Continue reading

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