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Film Review: Uneven “Atomic Blonde” Works Best When Charlize Is in Charge

Atomic Blonde (David Leitch, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. As you watch Atomic Blonde, it should come as no surprise that its director, David Leitch, is a stuntman and stunt coordinator with a career going back over 20 years. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Valerian and The City of A Thousand Planets

Valerian and The City Of A Thousand Planets – ***1/2 OUT OF 4 Director/auteur Luc Besson’s oeuvre (“The Fifth Element”, “Lucy”) has no room for the intellectual traditions of French cinema. He once said: “Cinema is not a medicine to save … Continue reading

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Film Review: Wish Upon

WISH UPON – 1½ (out of four stars) When I first heard of this movie I thought it was a Disney movie remake of Pinocchio “when you wish upon a star” sung by Geppetto. Make sense, right? Not! Believe it or not, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Dunkirk” Never Quite Emerges from the Fog of War

Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. Christopher Nolan’s latest epic – this one grounded in actual historical events, for once – has received such near-unanimous praise from other film critics that it was with some disappointment that I … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Spider-Man: Homecoming” Mostly Brings Home the Goods (But Did We Really Need Another Spider-Man?)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (Jon Watts, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. With every further installment in the current iteration of the “Marvel Cinematic Universe,” I feel ever more compelled to preface my review of the film just released with a recap … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Big Sick” Is the Cure for What Ails Us

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars. Co-written by real-life romantic partners Emily V. Gordon (Comedy Central’s The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail) and Kumail Nanjiani (same show, plus HBO’s Silicon Valley, and many more), The … Continue reading

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Film Review: Baby Driver

Baby Driver – ***1/2 OUT OF 4 Directed by Edgar Wright, the filmmaker known for “Scott Pilgrim” and the cult comedy trifecta of “Shaun of the Dead”, “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End”, has finally perfected his style to the point … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Beguiled

Under Coppola’s direction all eroticism is submerged in female unity and empowerment. IMDB.com lists under THE BEGUILED’s writing credit: Sofia Coppola … (written for the screen by) and Thomas Cullinan … (novel). On the screen it said “Screenplay by Sofia … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Despicable Me 3” is Mostly Despicable

Despicable Me 3 (Eric Guillon/Kyle Balda/Pierre Coffin, 2017) 1 out of 4 stars. To be honest, I rrellnnot remember much about the plots of the first two films in this series, nor of its spinoff, Minions (even though I wrote … Continue reading

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Film Review: Though Entertaining, “The Hero” Never Quite Escapes Its Clichés

The Hero (Brett Haley, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. A pleasant enough diversion, The Hero – starring Sam Elliott (Grandma) as Lee Hayden, an aging star of Westerns – nevertheless sinks into a mire of clichés from which it never … Continue reading

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