Film Reviews

Film Review: “Booksmart” Offers Enjoyable Laugh Lessons

Booksmart (Olivia Wilde, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. There is much to like and admire in actress Olivia Wilde’s feature directorial debut, Booksmart. For starters, there are her two lead actresses, Kaitlyn Dever (All Summers End) and Beanie Feldstein … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Non-Fiction” Offers Brilliant Cinematic Fiction

Non-Fiction (“Doubles vies”) (Olivier Assayas, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Though I have not seen the entirety of French director Olivier Assayas’ œuvre, I have watched enough to recognize his recurring obsession with duality and doppelgängers (figurative and real). … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Walking on Water” Floats Above the Ordinary Troubles of the World

Walking on Water (Andrey Paounov, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. For over 50 years, romantic and artistic partners Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude Marie Denat, he Bulgarian, she French – known collectively as Christo and Jeanne-Claude – wowed the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Trial by Fire” Offers Unpleasant Truths

Trial by Fire (Edward Zwick, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Trial by Fire, from director Edward Zwick (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back) is the kind of film that trolls for your sympathy through rich veins of sentiment that mask … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Dogman” Is Best When It Barks

Dogman (Matteo Garrone, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. The best part of Matteo Garrone’s Dogman are the moments of pure behavioral acting, especially in the scenes between actor Marcello Fonte (L’intrusa) and his canine charges. Fonte plays the eponymous Marcello, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” Delivers Few Shocks, but Good Fun

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Rob Letterman, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. I know next to nothing about the world of Pokémon, nor did I do much research before watching Pokémon Detective Pikachu. I vaguely remember, in 2016, the Pokémon GO … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Long Shot” Is, Indeed, Long, but Mostly Fun

Long Shot (Jonathan Levine, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. A charming, if overlong, romantic comedy about love, sex and politics, director Jonathan Levine’s Long Shot gives us the unlikely pairing (and coupling) of stars Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen and, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Ask Dr. Ruth” Offers Inspiring Portrait of the Great Sex Therapist

Ask Dr. Ruth (Ryan White, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. I remember well the first moment I heard Dr. Ruth Westheimer on the radio, her thick German accent wrapping itself deliciously around syllables theretofore unspoken on the airwaves. Though … Continue reading

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Film Review: CHARLIE SAYS

I do not believe the public will ever know what the reason was behind the Tate-La Bianca murders committed by Tex Watson, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and Susan Atkins and ordered by Charles Manson.  From all I have read … Continue reading

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Film Review: AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Chris Hemsworth walks off with the 3-hour extravaganza. The talking rodent comes in second. Remember early Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.)? As played by Downey, Tony was bitchy, filled with  bravado, egotistical and pranced around showing off his toys and … Continue reading

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