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Film Review: Can You Ever Forgive Me (For Liking This So Much)?

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller) 4 out of 4 stars Oh, what it would be like to be one of the greats. It’s a feeling that most artists have probably wondered to themselves at some point or other. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Suspiria” Is a Bloody Mess

Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. I am not generally a fan of horror films, though those of the psychological and haunted variety appeal to me far more than do slashers. Given that caveat, it is perhaps no … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Half-Cooked Premise and Under-Utilized Actors Plague Disney’s “Nutcracker and the Four Realms”

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Lasse Hallstrom/Joe Johnston 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. After countless interpretations and annual stage productions, Disney haphazardly dropkicks the iconic Nutcracker ballet into the high fantasy genre. What emerges is The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, … Continue reading

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Film Review: BEAUTIFUL BOY

Beautiful Boy (Felix Van Groeningan, 2018)  1½ out of 4 stars Felix Van Groeningan’s biographical drama, Beautiful Boy, is one that blindly embodies the same shortcomings of its titular character: it continuously promises the audience of its potential but is … Continue reading

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Film Review: Rami Malek Shines in the Unsurprising but Effective Queen Biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Bohemian Rhapsody (Bryan Singer, 2018) 2½ out 4 stars. Rami Malek, star of the hit show Mr. Robot, takes a hold of the daunting responsibility of portraying rock ‘n roll icon and frontman of legendary band Queen, Freddie Mercury, in Bryan Singer’s … Continue reading

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Film Review: 2018 “Halloween” Slashes Originality for Its Love of Predecessor

Halloween (David Gordon Green, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Four decades later, and a behemoth-sized legacy to boast about for days, the methodical, masked serial killer Michael Meyers and his muse Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, return to the … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Occasionally Inspiring “First Man,” Armstrong Mopes His Way to the Stars

First Man (Damien Chazelle, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. A slow, meditative look at America’s great space program of the 1960s, First Man is long on family drama and short on action, but this is not always a bad thing, except … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Stellar Cast and Noir-Inspired Thrills Are Standouts at the “El Royale”

Bad Times at the El Royale (Drew Goddard, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. Drew Goddard, the creator of Netflix’s popular Daredevil series, spills his trademark wit and mixed-genre writing into the high-stakes world of a classic noir mystery in Bad Times at … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Venom” Is Cinematic Poison

Venom (Ruben Fleischer, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. Listen up: I have a really interesting idea for a movie. Imagine a human character inhabited by a super-intelligent, super-sensory and super-strong being, using its body as host, who initially rejects the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “A Star Is Born,” Yet Again

A Star Is Born (Bradley Cooper, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. How one reacts to Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born will very much depend on one’s tolerance for maudlin sentimentality mixed with romance. A fan of Puccini’s opera La Bohème, … Continue reading

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