Film Reviews

Film Review: Though Entertaining, “The Hero” Never Quite Escapes Its Clichés

The Hero (Brett Haley, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. A pleasant enough diversion, The Hero – starring Sam Elliott (Grandma) as Lee Hayden, an aging star of Westerns – nevertheless sinks into a mire of clichés from which it never … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Beguiled

Under Coppola’s direction all eroticism is submerged in female unity and empowerment. IMDB.com lists under THE BEGUILED’s writing credit: Sofia Coppola … (written for the screen by) and Thomas Cullinan … (novel). On the screen it said “Screenplay by Sofia … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Book of Henry” Is But Glossy Contrivance

The Book of Henry (Colin Trevorrow, 2017) 1 out of 4 stars. To be brief: there is nothing wrong with The Book of Henry that a good script could not fix. Given what we have, however, courtesy of screenwriter Gregg … Continue reading

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Film Review: 47 Meters Down

47 Meters Down **1/2 What better franchise to bring back from the depths of the ocean than a version of “Jaws”-the first $100 million dollar blockbuster? The Weinstein brothers smell blood on the water and make a fast track summer pic … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sami Blood

This idyllic yet emotionally powerful international co-production between Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, follows the drama of a Lappish woman who gladly left her nomadic family behind, neglecting her origins in favor of the more intellectual and cosmopolitan life she envisioned … Continue reading

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Film Review: “My Cousin Rachel” Mesmerizes and Bores, in Almost Equal Measure

My Cousin Rachel (Roger Michell, 2017) 2½ stars out of 4. As a big fan of writer Daphne du Maurier, I find it odd that I often find gothic screen romances less than compelling, since that is one of the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Who’s Your “Mummy” Now? Who Cares …

The Mummy (Alex Kurtzman, 2017) ½ star out of 4. There have certainly been worse films than The Mummy to come out of the Hollywood system, yet even in a year that saw the release of the dismal The Fate … Continue reading

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Film Review: It Comes At Night

The truth about any epidemics is, by the time we find out about how bad it is, it is too late. I might be paranoid and conspiracy- minded, but every rich person would be safely underground before us – the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Megan Leavy

MEGAN LEAVY  – 3 (out of 4 Stars) I must admit, when I first heard about this movie I wasn’t very excited about seeing it. The synopsis that I received really didn’t seem too exciting for me. Based on a true … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Wonder Woman” Kicks Ass, Flaws and All

Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. There is much to recommend in Wonder Woman, the latest (but hardly the last) entry in the DC Comics cineverse. Given the recent dismal output from this particular franchise – … Continue reading

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