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Film Review: Winnie the Pooh Can’t Quite Save a Dreary “Christopher Robin”

Christopher Robin (Marc Forster, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Just last October (2017), we saw the release of director Simon Curtis’ Goodbye Christopher Robin, an affecting – if largely fabricated – biopic about the real-life boy at the center of author A.A. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” Raises a New Bar for Its Genre

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. Tom Cruise returns as the driven I.M.F. operative Ethan Hunt in the sixth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie and … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Equalizer 2” Cannot Rise Above Its Own Boredom and Contrivances

The Equalizer 2 (Antoine Fuqua, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. Director Antoine Fuqua and actor Denzel Washington return to the life of Robert McCall, a mysterious man who dishes out vigilante justice of his own design, in The Equalizer 2, co-starring … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Skyscraper” Collapses Upon Its Own Contrived Weight

Skyscraper (Rawson Marshall Thurber, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. Professional wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Baywatch) is always a charismatic screen presence, no matter the quality of the film in which he stars. A mighty giant of a man … Continue reading

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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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