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Film Review: The All Too Familiar Magic of “Mary Poppins Returns” in Full Effect

Mary Poppins Returns (Rob Marshall, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Rob Marshall, Academy Award nominee and director of Chicago, takes audiences back to Disney’s enchanting and atmospheric envision of London, England, in Mary Poppins Returns. Two decades after Mary Poppins … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Aquaman” Is, at Least, Better Than “Justice League”

Aquaman (James Wan, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. It has been just over a year since the folks at DC Comics and Warner Bros. released the dismal Justice League, and I have already forgotten its entire plot. That’s (mildly) unfortunate, … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Steampunk Potential Runs Out of Gas in “Mortal Engines”

Mortal Engines (Christian Rivers, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Visual effects artist turned film director Christian Rivers teams up with longtime collaborator Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings) to bring to life the first entry of Philip Reeve’s popular steampunk … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cuarón’s Gorgeous Felliniesque “Roma” Is Full of Empty Promises

Roma (Alfonso Cuarón, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. A longtime admirer of the work of filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men), I at first found much to love in his latest, a loosely autobiographical romp through his childhood years entitled … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Webslings Its Way into Greatness

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Bob Persichetti/Peter Ramsey/Rodney Rothman, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. Created in 1962 by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, Spider-Manhas long been a mainstay of the Marvel Comics universe, changing over time in ways both … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Enjoyable “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Princesses Rule

Ralph Breaks the Internet (Phil Johnston/Rich Moore, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Back in 2012, Walt Disney Studios gave us Wreck-It Ralph, a pleasant diversion of a nostalgia trip to the world of 1980s arcade games. Its main character, the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cathartic “Creed II” Is Entertaining, If Once More Derivative

Creed II (Steven Caple Jr., 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. I am no connoisseur of boxing films (nor of the sport), and have only ever seen the first Rocky movie (though I own the full 6-disc set of that entire series, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Front Runner” Should Cancel the Rollout

The Front Runner (Jason Reitman, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. As the 1988 United States presidential election loomed, former Colorado senator Gary Hart, following a close second-place finish to Walter Mondale for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984, looked like … Continue reading

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Film Review: Congenial “Green Book” Offers Simplistic Lessons in Racial Harmony

Green Book (Peter Farrelly, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. In 1962, noted African American pianist Don Shirley decided to take a tour through the Jim Crow south, leaving behind the comfort of his spacious apartment above Carnegie Hall and the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Fantastic Beasts 2” is a Bloated and Incoherent Mess of Magical Proportions

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (David Yates, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. David Yates returns to the wizarding world for the sixth time and brings the sequel of the new Harry Potter spinoff series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to … Continue reading

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