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Film Review: “Ant-Man and the Wasp” Doubles Down on Charm and Wit

Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. For anyone who liked the original Ant-Man, back in 2015, and was worried that its sequel might not deliver its predecessor’s comedic goods, have no fear: Ant-Man and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Strong Performances of “Sicario 2” Left Behind in Uneven Plot

Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Stefano Sollima, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Acclaimed screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water) returns to the harsh and amoral border wars of the United States and Mexico in the second chapter of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Creepy “Hereditary” Is Missing a Few Strands of Narrative DNA

Hereditary (Ari Aster, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. A beautifully shot, acted and designed film that nevertheless falls far short of early promise, Hereditary, the debut feature from writer/director Ari Aster, offers a plethora of impressive visuals that ultimately … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Lost Treasures of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” Will Not Soon Be Found

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (J.A. Bayona, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the kind of mindless summer blockbuster-wannabe that rewards only the most basic of our adrenal needs. If one thinks about the plot for … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Incredibles 2” Is Pretty Super

Incredibles 2 (Brad Bird, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars.  14 years ago – 2 years before it was bought up by Walt Disney – Pixar released The Incredibles, a mostly enjoyable and clever animated superhero family dramedy about a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Surprising Friendship Message Shines Through the Pratfalls and Frat Jokes in “Tag”

Tag (Jeff Tomsic, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. Tag is based on a real-life game of tag played by close friends for 23 years. Director Jeff Tomsic and his troupe of able-bodied comedians take this seemingly unbelievable story and … Continue reading

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Film Review: “SuperFly” Is Missing a Space in Its Title and I Don’t Know Why

SuperFly (Director X., 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. The 1970s saw a wave of films about urban life, starring African-Americans, dubbed “blaxploitation” movies. Some of them were better than others, though many trafficked in stereotypes about black Americans that … Continue reading

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Film Review: Underdeveloped Concept Leaves Much to Be Desired in “Hotel Artemis”

Hotel Artemis (Drew Pearce, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. After the 2014 underground hit John Wick established the interesting idea of a fortified sanctuary for criminals in the form of the Continental Hotel, it was only a matter of … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Ocean’s 8” Washes Away Series Fatigue with New Wave of Talent

Ocean’s 8 (Gary Ross, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. I love a good heist movie, even though I’d never commit the acts portrayed, myself. In Ocean’s 8, a companion (of sorts) to the previous three “Ocean’s” films – Ocean’s … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Upgrade” Delivers Power and Pizzazz, However Silly

Upgrade (Leigh Whannell, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. All upgrades should dazzle. What’s the point, otherwise, right? Not that they always do. however; so many are novel in name only, offering only more of the same at a different … Continue reading

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