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Film Review: Sincerity Between Man and Ape Barely Survives Contrivances of “Rampage”

Rampage (Brad Peyton, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. Brad Peyton, director of San Andreas and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, teams up with collaborator Dwayne Johnson in their new outing: Rampage. Loosely based on the classic 1980s arcade game … Continue reading

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Film Review: Narrative Flaws Overpower Virtues of “A Quiet Place”

A Quiet Place (John Krasinski, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Genial actor John Krasinski (Jim on the American version of The Office) has directed three feature-length films, so far. The first two were Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009) … Continue reading

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Film Review: Kay Cannon Spins a Positive Message of Sex in “Blockers”

Blockers (Kay Cannon, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Kay Cannon, the three-time Emmy nominated producer of 30 Rock and writer of the Pitch Perfect franchise, makes her directorial debut with the new sex comedy Blockers, written by Brian and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Unsane

Unsane – *** OUT OF 4 Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the genius film auteur known for, quitting Hollywood, winning the Oscar for directing “Traffic”, and whose film “Sex, Lies and Videotape” changed the industry outlook on “indie films”, has produced a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Get Ready! “Ready Player One” Offers a Terrific Thrill Ride

Ready Player One* (Steven Spielberg, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. Adapted from Ernest Cline’s 2011 debut sci-fi novel of the same name, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One – his 31st theatrical feature – delivers on the promise of the book, despite … Continue reading

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Film Review: Impressive “Isle of Dogs” Offers Cinematic Treats Galore

Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. According to Isle of Dogs‘ press notes, the film “began with an unlikely, but potent mix of fascinations shared by [Wes] Anderson and his story collaborators Roman Coppola, Jason … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Pacific Rim: Uprising” is the Best and Worst Kind of Saturday Morning Cartoon

Pacific Rim: Uprising (Steven S. DeKnight, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Steven S. DeKnight fills the director’s chair for Guillermo del Toro with the second installment in the Pacific Rim franchise, Pacific Rim: Uprising, starring John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Alicia Vikander Holds Together the Wobbly Story of “Tomb Raider”

Tomb Raider (Roar Uthaug, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. This weekend, seventeen years after the 2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the movie-going public files into the theaters to watch Academy-Award winner Alicia Vikander’s new portrayal of the iconic video-game … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Gringo” Loses Potential in Miserable, Unrealized Script

Gringo (Nash Edgerton, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Director Nash Edgerton brings us the first dark comedy of the new year with Gringo, starring David Oyelowo, Joel Edgerton, and Charlize Theron. Oyelowo plays Harold Soyinka, a good-natured middle manager … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Messy “A Wrinkle in Time,” Storm Reid Rescues All

A Wrinkle in Time (Ava DuVernay, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. I really wanted to like this movie, even though I was disappointed in the source text – Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 book of the same title – when I recently … Continue reading

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