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Film Review: In “Yesterday,” Danny Boyle Injects a Bit of Originality into the Rags-to-Riches Story

Yesterday (Danny Boyle, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Danny Boyle, a filmmaker with one of the most eclectic filmographies imaginable, jumps headfirst into the traditional romantic comedy and uses a script by Love Actually’s Richard Curtis to inject a dose … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Annabelle Comes Home” with Effective Tricks and Scares

Annabelle Comes Home (Gary Dauberman, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Marking its seventh entry, The Conjuring cinematic universe is the little franchise that keeps on chugging along. Granted, not all of its films, especially the ones with the creepy doll Annabelle, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Toy Story 4” Could Be Better, Could Be Worse

Toy Story 4 (Josh Cooley, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Let’s be clear: beyond the purely mercenary, there was no reason to make this film. The 2010 Toy Story 3 – itself an initially questionable second sequel, given the brilliance … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Late Night” Sparkles, If Not Throughout

Late Night (Nisha Ganatra, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. From writer/star Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) comes a charming, if uneven, new comedy, Late Night, about the lone female late-night talk-show host whose time in the spotlight may be … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Men in Black: International” Is Pleasant, If Pedestrian

Men in Black: International (F. Gary Gray, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Back in 2012, the keepers of the Men in Black cinematic franchise served up a delicious third course for the series, largely making up for the less inspired … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Booksmart” Gets an A from Me

Booksmart (Olivia Wilde) 3½ out of 4 stars. Among the line of popular coming of age stories that have been circulating through our cinemas over the last few years, Booksmart stands out for its playfully raunchy approach of redefining what … Continue reading

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Film Review: You Will Want to Hustle Right out of “The Hustle”

The Hustle (Chris Addison) 1 out of 4 stars. For every middle of the road studio comedy film, there is one uninspired, unfunny, unwatchable pre-summer flick that makes you question whether this could be the very end of cinema. This … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Secret Life of Pets 2” Offers Passable Fun, but None Worthy of Silver Screen

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Jonathan del Val/Chris Renaud, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. I’m always hesitant to review a sequel. As a critic, you want to do your job of critiquing an artist’s work with as much … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Dark Phoenix” Burns Itself Down

Dark Phoenix (Simon Kinberg, 2019) 1½ out of 4 stars. There is nothing wrong with Dark Phoenix that a coherent plot – and, even more important, logical placement of the film within the larger X-Men cinematic universe – wouldn’t fix. Since script is everything, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” Doubles Down on Monster Action but Retains Dull Human Characters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Michael Dougherty, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Five years ago, Gareth Edwards brought the second American reimagining of one of Japan’s most cherished exports, Godzilla, to life. Godzilla (2014) was a dignified and well-crafted … Continue reading

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