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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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Film Review: “The Hate U Give” Mostly Conquers, with Love

The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr., 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Based on the eponymous 2017 young-adult novel by Angie Thomas, itself inspired by the late rapper Tupac Shakur’s THUG LIFE tattoo (Shakur said the letters stood for “The … Continue reading

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Film Review: Kevin Hart and His Brand of Comedy Barely Pass in “Night School”

Night School (Malcolm D. Lee, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. Tiffany Haddish and her Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee team up with comedy megastar Kevin Hart in Night School, the latest send-up to John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club and other films centered … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Fahrenheit 11/9,” Michael Moore Trumpets a Powerful Clarion Call to Action

Fahrenheit 11/9 (Michael Moore, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. A frequently effective, but often equally undisciplined filmmaker, Michael Moore has made his share of powerful indictments of the deep inequalities at the root of these United States, among them Roger … Continue reading

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Film Review: A SIMPLE FAVOR

A Simple Favor – ***1/2 OUT OF 4 Paul Feig is a wonderful commercial director whose last 4 films have made over 100 million dollars each( including “Bridesmaids”, “Spy”; “The Heat” and “Ghostbusters” )and all have starred women and been … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Blood, the Snark and the Charm Is Cranked up in Shane Black’s Uneven “The Predator”

The Predator (Shane Black, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. In 1987, Arnold Schwarzenegger and John McTiernan, two Hollywood legends at the height of their power, came together and made Predator, an action film that successfully crossed multiple genres and remains … Continue reading

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