Film Reviews

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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“Friend Request” Posts an Empty Profile

Friend Request (Simon Verhoeven, 2016) 1 out of 4 stars. When the best thing about your movie is its unfamiliar location, you know you have a problem. Then again, at least Friend Request has something to show for itself. An … 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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Film Review: “It” Is a Lot of Fun Until It Forgets to be Interesting

It (Andy Muschietti, 2016) 2½ out of 4 stars. I have read many Stephen King novels, and enjoyed a good number of them, including Carrie, The Shining, The Stand, The Dead Zone, Firestarter and more (my preference is for the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Solid “Crown Heights” Chronicles an Unjust Prison Ordeal

Crown Heights (Matt Ruskin, 2016) 3 out of 4 stars. With a solid cast and a mostly strong script, Crown Heights delivers the dramatic goods in this riveting tale of a man imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Marjorie Prime

Michael Almereyda’s filmmaking style was never easy to catch up. His past films, regardless amazing premises, usually fell into torpid atmospheres and narrative impasses. “Nadja”, “Hamlet”, and “Cymbeline” are elucidative examples of potentially good stories that fail to deliver in … Continue reading

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