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Film Review: Entertaining “Bombshell” Takes on Fox to Mild Effect

Bombshell (Jay Roach, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Neither a brilliant takedown of Fox News nor a misfire, Bombshellfeatures engaging lead performances from Charlize Theron (Long Shot), John Lithgow (Pet Sematary), Nicole Kidman (Boy Erased) and Margot Robbie (I, … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Uneven, If Fun, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the Nostalgia Is Strong

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (J.J. Abrams, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. 42 years after it began, in 1977, the Star Wars saga comes to an end. Or rather, the original series, as envisioned by progenitor George Lucas, does … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Jumanji: The Next Level” Delivers the Same but the Hilarity Remains

Jumanji: The Next Level (Jake Kasdan, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Genuinely, the biggest cinematic surprise of 2017 for me was Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Before this reboot disguised as a loose sequel hit theaters, most studios that wanted … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Richard Jewell” Missteps Its Way to a Corrective

Richard Jewell (Clint Eastwood, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. We do not need this movie right now. Given the unprecedented attacks – from the highest office in the land – on both the free press and the FBI, a film … Continue reading

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Film Review: Uneven “The Aeronauts” Soars Through the Air, Crawls on the Ground

The Aeronauts (Tom Harper, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Filled with wonderful flights of stunning computer-generated imagery, The Aeronauts periodically soars but all too often crash-lands under the weight of its unwieldly structure. “Inspired by true events,” as its opening … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Knives Out” Delivers a Sharp Comic Caper

Knives Out (Rian Johnson, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. There are so many winning performances in Rian Johnson’s new film, an uproarious whodunnit, that to name them all and sing the praises of each would take up half the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Two Popes” Shines with the Light of Cinematic Inspiration

The Two Popes (Fernando Meirelles, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. My last confession was, well, never. Sure, I was raised Episcopalian (in a High Anglican church, no less, which means confession was … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Queen & Slim” Is a Powerful, if Sometimes Bumpy, Road Movie

Queen & Slim (Melina Matsoukas, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. A rousing dramatic thriller about racial profiling and police violence in America, Queen & Slim is a sometimes imperfect vehicle for the issues it raises, yet an ultimately powerful cinematic … Continue reading

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Film Review: “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” Offers Beautiful Make-Believe

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Marielle Heller, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Last year’s beautiful documentary tribute to the late, great Fred Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, offered such a comprehensive and moving tribute to the man … Continue reading

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Film Review: “21 Bridges” Is a Taut, Tense and Timely Thriller

21 Bridges (Brian Kirk, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. There’s nothing like a good crime thriller. In today’s world it seems we can’t get enough of them, with the hundreds of different “cop shows,” as my family would call … Continue reading

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