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Film Review: Overly Obsessed with Wealth, “Crazy Rich Asians” Still Delivers Some Rom-Com Goods

Crazy Rich Asians (Jon M. Chu, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Let’s start with the good: Crazy Rich Asians, from director Jon M. Chu (Jem and the Holograms), features an appealing, almost exclusively Asian cast, in a diverting rom-com confection produced … Continue reading

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Film Review: “BlacKkKlansman” Serves up Serious Racial Satire with a Contemporary Bite

BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Spike Lee has almost always been a director worth watching, even when his work has fallen short of the brilliant promise of such early narratives like She’s Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Statham and Crew Charm Their Way Through Dumb Fun of “The Meg”

The Meg (Jon Turteltaub, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Have no fear, O Bruce the Shark (of Jaws fame): though you be but a (mechanical) great white, no (CGI) megalodon – the largest shark that ever lived! – can take you, whatever images … Continue reading

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Film Review: LEAVE NO TRACE

Leave No Trace – ***1/2 OUT OF 4 Leave No Trace is the fourth feature film from Debra Granik, a modern feminist, who previously made the award-winning Winter’s Bone, (2010), Down to the Bone (2004) and a feature -length documentary named … Continue reading

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Film Review: THE DARKEST MINDS

The Darkest Minds – ** OUT OF 4 Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2) creates a dystopian story that eerily resembles the internment camps set up here in the USA to deal with our immigration crisis. In the interest … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon Swamped with Half-Baked Comedy and Spy Antics in “The Spy Who Dumped Me”

The Spy Who Dumped Me (Susanna Fogel, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon play classic fish out water characters flopping about in a world of gunplay and car chases in The Spy Who Dumped Me, directed by … Continue reading

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Film Review: Winnie the Pooh Can’t Quite Save a Dreary “Christopher Robin”

Christopher Robin (Marc Forster, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Just last October (2017), we saw the release of director Simon Curtis’ Goodbye Christopher Robin, an affecting – if largely fabricated – biopic about the real-life boy at the center of author A.A. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” Raises a New Bar for Its Genre

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. Tom Cruise returns as the driven I.M.F. operative Ethan Hunt in the sixth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie and … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Equalizer 2” Cannot Rise Above Its Own Boredom and Contrivances

The Equalizer 2 (Antoine Fuqua, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. Director Antoine Fuqua and actor Denzel Washington return to the life of Robert McCall, a mysterious man who dishes out vigilante justice of his own design, in The Equalizer 2, co-starring … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Skyscraper” Collapses Upon Its Own Contrived Weight

Skyscraper (Rawson Marshall Thurber, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. Professional wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Baywatch) is always a charismatic screen presence, no matter the quality of the film in which he stars. A mighty giant of a man … Continue reading

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