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Film Review: “Downton Abbey” Is an Entertaining Trifle

Downton Abbey (Michael Engler, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. What, one may ask, was I thinking, attending a screening of a film pitched as the final chapter of an episodic series I had never watched? After six seasons of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mostly Entertaining “Hustlers” Settles for Lap Dances over Principles

Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. While I understand the appeal of strip clubs to (some) human males, I have never understood their cultural mainstreaming. While I would never want them to become illegal – in my opinion, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” Loses Its Cinematic Way

Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Richard Linklater, 2019) 1½ out of 4 stars. I am such a diehard fan of actress Cate Blanchett (Carol) that I would watch her in just about anything, including a film about paint drying. I also … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Blinded by the Light” Is a Syrupy Sweet Tribute to the Boss

Blinded by the Light (Gurinder Chadha) 2 out of 4 stars. Most can look back at their lives and pinpoint a time in which they had a sort of spiritual awakening through the discovery of some band or song. I … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” Finds Cinematic Treasure

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (James Bobin, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. I came to this movie cold, without any experience with its source material, the popular animated Nickelodeon series Dora the Explorer. That show, which began airing … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Kitchen” Needs a Thorough Redesign

The Kitchen (Andrea Berloff, 2019) 1 out of 4 stars. Last fall saw the release of Widows, director Steve McQueen’s collaboration with bestselling author Gillian Flynn, in which a group of mobster’s wives find themselves denuded of husbands and forced to … Continue reading

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Film Review: Fast & Furious Presents … a Massive Headache

Hobbs & Shaw (David Leitch) 1 out of 4 stars. I mainly remember the way it felt. I remember looking up as the camera glanced down at a little set of red buttons that so simply read “NOS 1” and … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” the Stars Align for a Mostly Favorable Outcome

Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. A frothy pop-culture romp through cinematic history and fantasy, both, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood bides its narrative time over the course of its … Continue reading

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Film Review: Say Hello to the Emotional Powerhouse that is “The Farewell”

The Farewell (Lulu Wang) 3½ out of 4 stars. Writer-Director Lulu Wang doesn’t travel far from home in her second feature film, The Farewell. This poignant story of a Chinese-American girl named Billi struggling to come to terms with her … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Lion King” Roars with Shiny New Technology, Meows Through Same Old Story

The Lion King (Jon Favreau, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. A marvelous demonstration of the wonders of 21st-century computer-generated imagery (or CGI), Disney’s latest poaching from its own story vault is beautiful to behold, the wonders of modern animation … Continue reading

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