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Film Review: The Handmaiden

14 years ago, Korean director Park Chan-wook secured a huge legion of fans with his critically acclaimed thriller “Oldboy”, which later on was subjected to a lame American remake directed by Spike Lee. During the following years, Chan-wook came up … Continue reading

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Enjoyable, If Inert, “Beauty and the Beast” Feels Like an Old Tale, Indeed

Beauty and the Beast (Bill Condon, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars While there are a number of things to recommend within this live-action retelling of “a tale as old as time,” including many fine performances and the beautiful visual … Continue reading

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Sugar Crash: “Table 19” Serves Up Comedy That Tastes Good, Then Tires Us Out

Table 19 (Jeffrey Blitz, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars A minor trifle, Table 19 nevertheless manages to be quite entertaining when it sticks to comedy; it’s when it attempts to resolve the disparate story threads with pat sentimentality that … Continue reading

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In Strong, If Flawed, “Logan,” an Aging Wolverine Fights One Last Battle

Logan (James Mangold, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars I will not lie: I have trouble keeping the chronology of all the various X-Men films straight. There have now been 9 previous entries in this Marvel franchise, many of which do not … Continue reading

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In “John Wick: Chapter 2,” Our Hitman Loses His Way in Excessive Carnage

John Wick: Chapter 2 (Chad Stahelski, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars The first John Wick film, released in 2014, offered up many delights, not the least of which was the sight of then 50-year-old Keanu Reeves (The Neon Demon) running, kicking, … Continue reading

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Film Review: JULIETA

Almodovar once again celebrates his love of women of all ages. He is fascinated by women. For Almodovar women are creatures of sensual and emotional awe.  My favorite Pedro Almodovar film is ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER. His latest, JULIETA, is … Continue reading

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“Toni Erdmann” Plays the Long Game and Wins

Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016) 3½ stars out of 4 At 162 minutes, German director Maren Ade’s latest film, Toni Erdmann – her first since the 2009 Everything Else – seems like a lot to handle in a single viewing. A … Continue reading

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Film Review: SPLIT

  Yes, it’s terrific. We have a new Hannibal. Extraordinary performance by McAvoy. It’s his next franchise. Will the next 10 years going to be all about Shyamalan all the time? Does he remember his last films with shame like … Continue reading

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“Patriots Day” Pays Effective Tribute to Boston in the Aftermath of Tragedy

Patriots Day (Peter Berg, 2016) 3 out of 4 stars A taut procedural about the investigation following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Patriots Day, from director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), presents the facts of a case that we already know in an … Continue reading

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Film Review: Elle

Verhoeven is back. Huppert’s magnificent, fearless performance deserves the Best Actress Academy Award. Paul Verhoeven has done the impossible. (Whatever happened to Renny Harlin?) With ELLE, Verhoeven has resurrected his career as a first-class director. While he has worked consistently … Continue reading

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