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“Dragon 3” Delivers Family Fun but Never Matches Dramatic Weight of Predecessors

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Dean DeBlois, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Dean DeBlois, director of Dragons 1 and 2, draws the velvet curtain on the newly formed How to Train Your Dragon trilogy with its final installment, The … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Alita: Battle Angel,” Silliness and All, Offers Solid Entertainment

Alita: Battle Angel (Robert Rodriguez, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Based on a Japanese manga series by Yukito Kishiro, the crazy new film from writer/director Robert Rodriguez (Machete Kills) and writers James Cameron (Avatar) and Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island), Alita: Battle Angel serves … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” Entertains, but Tries Too Hard to Please

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Mike Mitchell, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. I loved The Lego Movie, which came out in 2014 to great critical and commercial success. Though seemingly a marketing ploy to sell more LEGO toys, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Both Smart and Silly, “Velvet Buzzsaw” Entertains with Horror/Satire Mix

Velvet Buzzsaw (Dan Gilroy, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Documentarian Nathaniel Kahn’s The Price of Everything came out this past fall, and in it the director explores the outrageous sums involved in buying and selling art in today’s market. How value … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Kid Who Would Be King” Offers Magic, Fun and Fine Lessons for All

The Kid Who Would Be King (Joe Cornish, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. A silly, if thoroughly enjoyable riff on the myth of King Arthur, The Kid Who Would Be King follows 12-year-old Alexander Elliott as he discovers a sword in … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Glass” Overpromises and Underdelivers

Glass (M. Night Shyamalan, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. I still remember the frisson of anticipation, back in 2000, before I sat down to watch M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable, given how much I had enjoyed his previous film, The Sixth … Continue reading

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Film Review: “On the Basis of Sex” Offers Fast-Food RBG

On the Basis of Sex (Mimi Leder, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. The second film about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg released within the last 7 months, On the Basis of Sex opens with the usual biopic title card: “Inspired … Continue reading

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Film Review: VICE Assumes Too Much of Subject and Too Little of Audience

Vice (Adam McKay) 1 out of 4 stars About midway through Adam McKay’s latest attempt to mansplain the atrocities of contemporary politics to us, he decides so condescendingly to roll the film’s end credits. That’s right, it was an aggressive … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Destroyer,” Kidman Elevates Weak Script with Powerful Performance

Destroyer (Karyn Kusama, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Anchored by a searing turn from lead actress Nicole Kidman, Destroyer powers through its weaker moments like an addict looking for the next fix. All that matters is Kidman’s ravaged visage and world-weary … Continue reading

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ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL Proves Itself Clever, If Not Wanting

Once Upon a Deadpool (David Leitch) 2 out of 4 stars I suspect that it is the perpetually worsening feeling of political and social dread that has allowed the superhero to become our new and improved God. I myself have … Continue reading

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