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Film Review: Wonderstruck

Wonderstruck – ***1/2 out of **** Director –writer-Todd Haynes (“Carol”, “Far from Heaven”) has teamed up again with the collaborative and legendary DP, Edward Lachman, to bring to the screen Brian Selznick’s(who also wrote the screenplay) young adult novel about two … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hercule Poirot, Mustachioed Action Star, Ruins Mediocre “Murder on the Orient Express”

Murder on the Orient Express (Kenneth Branagh, 2017) 1 out of 4 stars. Celebrated British mystery writer Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express is, as are most of her works, a tidy little masterpiece of crime, punishment … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Thor: Ragnarok” Proves Three’s the Charm

Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Until now, Thor has been my least favorite of the Marvel superheroes. This has nothing to do with casting – Chris Hemsworth (Rush) is a charismatic and capable actor – and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Solid “Thank You for Your Service” Confronts Our Indifference

Thank You for Your Service (Jason Hall, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Thank You for Your Service marks the directorial debut of actor/screenwriter Jason Hall (American Sniper), and it makes for an auspicious start. Based on the 2013 nonfiction … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Foreigner” Crosses Genre Borders to Offer Engaging Thriller

The Foreigner (Martin Campbell) 3 out of 4 stars. It takes a while for The Foreigner to settle down. A film about a terrorist bombing and the retaliatory vengeance that it inspires, it is initially all over the place, cutting back … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Marshall” Is a Travesty of Justice

Marshall (Reginald Hudlin, 2017) ½ out of 4 stars.  Attention, dear reader! Focus. Do you know who Thurgood Marshall was? Born in 1908, the grandson of a slave, he became one of the towering titans of 20th-century American jurisprudence. In … Continue reading

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Film Review: Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 – ***1/2 out of **** Blade Runner 2049 is a hybrid sci-fi, film noir, police thriller, bounty –hunter pic married to a stupendous visual style that includes an eclectic collaborative effort in art direction, David Gassner’s production design, visual … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Battle of the Sexes,” Baby (Mostly) Comes a Long Way

Battle of the Sexes (Jonathan Dayton/Valerie Faris, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. How quaint a time it was, back in 1973, when men could freely taunt women for being a member of the weaker sex, unfit to play with … Continue reading

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Film Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – 3 (out of 4 Stars) If you liked the original Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) then you’re going to love Kingsman: The Golden Circle.  While not a Hollywood masterpiece this movie is nonstop fun, goofy and humorous with lots … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Mother!” Births a False Idol

Mother! (Darren Aronofsky, 2017) 1 out of 4 stars. The problem with Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! lies not in its use of allegory to tackle existential challenges of the human condition, nor in its fanciful approach to the circular design of … Continue reading

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