Film Reviews

Film Review: “Ford v Ferrari” Crosses Finish Line with Pure Charm and Adrenaline

Ford v Ferrari (James Mangold, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. As the endless barrage of superhero movies continue to dominate the theaters during the summer months, James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari brings back the invigorating feeling of blockbusters of yesteryear in … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Good Liar” Just Barely Entertains by the Chemistry of Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen

The Good Liar (Bill Condon, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Nothing more satisfying than seeing a criminal get their just desserts. A simple call to the police is fine, I guess, but the more elaborate the reveal of the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Honey Boy” Offers a Bitter, but Powerful Tale, Beautifully Realized

Honey Boy (Alma Har’el, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. One of the best decisions writer and star Shia LaBeouf (Borg vs. McEnroe) made in the run-up to Honey Boy was hiring someone other than himself to direct. He may or … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Charlie’s Angels” Is a Clever and Powerful Female-Led Action Film

Charlie’s Angels (Elizabeth Banks, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Before I start this review, I must state a caveat: I have not seen any of the previous entries in the “Charlie’s Angels” universe, including the original TV show. So, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Crown Vic” Is a Pedestrian Vehicle with an Occasional Flair

Crown Vic (Joel Souza, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. A police thriller with few police and fewer thrills, Crown Vic nevertheless offers a few rewards for the patient viewer, though these come wrapped in a derivative package that recalls Antoine … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Doctor Sleep” Keeps Us Awake, Even If It Never Quite Shines

Doctor Sleep (Mike Flanagan, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. A perfectly acceptable, if not particularly remarkable, adaptation of a book I haven’t read – Stephen King’s eponymous 2013 sequel to his 1977 The Shining – Doctor Sleep is mostly involving throughout its (long) … Continue reading

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Film Review: Inspiring, if Harrowing, “For Sama” Is for All of Us

For Sama (Waad al-Kateab/Edward Watts, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. A documentary that combines the first-person narrative of a video essay with an unflinching account of the humanitarian crisis in war-torn Syria, For Sama follows its co-director and subject, Waad … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Playing with Fire” Playing with Fire Comes Out Cold

Playing with Fire (Andy Fickman, 2019) 1½ out of 4 stars. Another entry in the “brooding tough guy has to babysit kids” comedy subgenre, Playing with Fire stars John Cena as said tough guy Jake Carson, the rugged leader of … Continue reading

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Film Review: “End of the Century” Offers a Moving Portrait of Memory

End of the Century (“Fin de siglo”) (Lucio Castro, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. We’ve seen this story before. Two characters meet by chance while on a getaway in a European city and end up passing time there with … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Midway” Is Only Midway to Entertaining

Midway (Roland Emmerich, 2019) 1 out of 4 stars. For a film about bravery, the latest entry into disaster virtuoso Roland Emmerich’s blockbuster-riddled lineup proves itself spineless. Depicting the events of its titular World War II battle and the events … Continue reading

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