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Fast? Furious? “The Fate of the Furious” Bores and Irritates

The Fate of the Furious (F. Gary Gray, 2017) 1 out of 4 stars. Is this film worth reviewing? As the eighth in a heretofore lucrative series – which began in 2001 with The Fast and the Furious – it’s probably … Continue reading

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Slumming Through “Going in Style,” Three Masters Deliver Occasional Laughs

Going in Style (Zach Braff, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars. How the mighty have fallen. Let’s start with actor-turned-director Zach Braff (J.D. on ABC’s long-running Scrubs), whose marvelous 2004 filmmaking debut, Garden State, held such creative promise. Ten years … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Belko Experiment: Kill or Be Killed

The Belko Experiment: Kill or Be Killed – **1/2 OUT OF 4   Directed by Greg Mclean (whose 2006 feature “Wolf Creek” retained a similar morbid fascination) with a script brought to the screen by super- star scribe James Gunn (“Guardians … Continue reading

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Even with Strong Performances, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” Fails to Compel

The Zookeeper’s Wife (Niki Caro, 2017) 1½ out of 4 stars Based on the 2007 best-selling non-fiction book of the same title (by Diane Ackerman), The Zookeeper’s Wife is a story about the Holocaust that mistakes treacle for seriousness, bathos for … Continue reading

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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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