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Film Review: “Operation Finale” Boasts Strong Leads but Deserves Stronger Direction

Operation Finale (Chris Weitz, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Set 15 years after the devastating events of World War Two, Operation Finale tells the story of Israeli secret agent Peter Malkin, played by Oscar Isaac, and his team, tasked with capturing … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Happytime Murders” Overdoes Its Initially Clever Muppet Spoof

The Happytime Murders (Brian Henson, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. If you like your Muppets mean, raunchy and drugged out, have I got a film for you! Like a cross between Robert Zemeckis’ 1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit and David Ayers’ … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Juliet, Naked” Delivers Rom-Com for Grown-Ups

Juliet, Naked (Jesse Peretz, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. An appealing – if sometimes unfocused – twist on the romantic-comedy genre, Jesse Peretz’s Juliet, Naked offers both Rose Byrne (The Meddler) and Ethan Hawke (First Reformed) a chance to be extraordinarily charming … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Action Genre and Its Potential Are Botched in “Mile 22”

Mile 22 (Peter Berg, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. In the past five years, audiences – blessed with the sublime action of Mad Max: Fury Road, John Wick, Atomic Blonde, and, most recently, Mission: Impossible – Fallout – could let out a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Overly Obsessed with Wealth, “Crazy Rich Asians” Still Delivers Some Rom-Com Goods

Crazy Rich Asians (Jon M. Chu, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Let’s start with the good: Crazy Rich Asians, from director Jon M. Chu (Jem and the Holograms), features an appealing, almost exclusively Asian cast, in a diverting rom-com confection produced … Continue reading

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Film Review: “BlacKkKlansman” Serves up Serious Racial Satire with a Contemporary Bite

BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Spike Lee has almost always been a director worth watching, even when his work has fallen short of the brilliant promise of such early narratives like She’s Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Statham and Crew Charm Their Way Through Dumb Fun of “The Meg”

The Meg (Jon Turteltaub, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Have no fear, O Bruce the Shark (of Jaws fame): though you be but a (mechanical) great white, no (CGI) megalodon – the largest shark that ever lived! – can take you, whatever images … Continue reading

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Film Review: LEAVE NO TRACE

Leave No Trace – ***1/2 OUT OF 4 Leave No Trace is the fourth feature film from Debra Granik, a modern feminist, who previously made the award-winning Winter’s Bone, (2010), Down to the Bone (2004) and a feature -length documentary named … Continue reading

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Film Review: THE DARKEST MINDS

The Darkest Minds – ** OUT OF 4 Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2) creates a dystopian story that eerily resembles the internment camps set up here in the USA to deal with our immigration crisis. In the interest … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon Swamped with Half-Baked Comedy and Spy Antics in “The Spy Who Dumped Me”

The Spy Who Dumped Me (Susanna Fogel, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon play classic fish out water characters flopping about in a world of gunplay and car chases in The Spy Who Dumped Me, directed by … Continue reading

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