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Film Review: “Ford v Ferrari” Crosses Finish Line with Pure Charm and Adrenaline

Ford v Ferrari (James Mangold, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. As the endless barrage of superhero movies continue to dominate the theaters during the summer months, James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari brings back the invigorating feeling of blockbusters of yesteryear in … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Good Liar” Just Barely Entertains by the Chemistry of Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen

The Good Liar (Bill Condon, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Nothing more satisfying than seeing a criminal get their just desserts. A simple call to the police is fine, I guess, but the more elaborate the reveal of the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Honey Boy” Offers a Bitter, but Powerful Tale, Beautifully Realized

Honey Boy (Alma Har’el, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. One of the best decisions writer and star Shia LaBeouf (Borg vs. McEnroe) made in the run-up to Honey Boy was hiring someone other than himself to direct. He may or … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Charlie’s Angels” Is a Clever and Powerful Female-Led Action Film

Charlie’s Angels (Elizabeth Banks, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Before I start this review, I must state a caveat: I have not seen any of the previous entries in the “Charlie’s Angels” universe, including the original TV show. So, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Doctor Sleep” Keeps Us Awake, Even If It Never Quite Shines

Doctor Sleep (Mike Flanagan, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. A perfectly acceptable, if not particularly remarkable, adaptation of a book I haven’t read – Stephen King’s eponymous 2013 sequel to his 1977 The Shining – Doctor Sleep is mostly involving throughout its (long) … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Playing with Fire” Playing with Fire Comes Out Cold

Playing with Fire (Andy Fickman, 2019) 1½ out of 4 stars. Another entry in the “brooding tough guy has to babysit kids” comedy subgenre, Playing with Fire stars John Cena as said tough guy Jake Carson, the rugged leader of … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Midway” Is Only Midway to Entertaining

Midway (Roland Emmerich, 2019) 1 out of 4 stars. For a film about bravery, the latest entry into disaster virtuoso Roland Emmerich’s blockbuster-riddled lineup proves itself spineless. Depicting the events of its titular World War II battle and the events … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Motherless Brooklyn,” Edward Norton Shines Twice

Motherless Brooklyn (Edward Norton, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. An adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s eponymous 1999 novel – though with some apparently significant changes (I have not read the book, myself) – Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn takes us back to 1950s … Continue reading

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Film Review: Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” Is a Tale of Love and Humanity for the New Age

Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. The old phrase “those who forget the past are bound to repeat it” has been passed down for centuries. Whenever an individual believes this phrase has lost its luster, a new … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Terminator: Dark Fate” Resets the Narrative in a Wild Ride

Terminator: Dark Fate (Tim Miller, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. James Cameron’s The Terminator, released in 1984, was a taut, relatively low-budget sci-fi thriller that found the perfect use for its Austrian lead baddie, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who managed to … Continue reading

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