Film Reviews

Film Review: The Surreal and the Macabre Elevate the Comedy of “Sorry to Bother You”

Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. Hip-hop musician Boots Riley showcases his natural talents as a filmmaker with his debut feature film Sorry to Bother You, starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, and Jermaine Fowler. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Skyscraper” Collapses Upon Its Own Contrived Weight

Skyscraper (Rawson Marshall Thurber, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. Professional wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Baywatch) is always a charismatic screen presence, no matter the quality of the film in which he stars. A mighty giant of a man … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Ant-Man and the Wasp” Doubles Down on Charm and Wit

Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. For anyone who liked the original Ant-Man, back in 2015, and was worried that its sequel might not deliver its predecessor’s comedic goods, have no fear: Ant-Man and … Continue reading

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Jay Berg’s AFI DOCS 2018 Top Five

The 16th yearly edition of the AFI DOCS documentary film festival (formerly AFI SILVERDOCS) continued its excellent tradition first established in 2003 when the event was primarily anchored in Silver Spring, Maryland.  Now splitting its screenings between there and the main hub … Continue reading

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Film Review: Strong Performances of “Sicario 2” Left Behind in Uneven Plot

Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Stefano Sollima, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Acclaimed screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water) returns to the harsh and amoral border wars of the United States and Mexico in the second chapter of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Addicts Struggle to Survive in Powerful “Recovery Boys”

Recovery Boys (Elaine McMillion Sheldon, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. From Elaine McMillion Sheldon, who just last year gave us the Oscar-nominated Netflix-released short documentary Heroin(e), about the opioid epidemic ravaging West Virginia (and much of the rest of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Creepy “Hereditary” Is Missing a Few Strands of Narrative DNA

Hereditary (Ari Aster, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. A beautifully shot, acted and designed film that nevertheless falls far short of early promise, Hereditary, the debut feature from writer/director Ari Aster, offers a plethora of impressive visuals that ultimately … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander reviews TAG

The waterboarding scene was hilarious! Five guys and they ignore the presence of a beautiful woman from the Wall Street Journal. After seeing TAG I decided to write a screenplay about how I auditioned my 7th grade classmates to be … Continue reading

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Chris Reed’s AFI DOCS 2018 Top Five (No Wait, Top Six! … or … Top Seven!)

As I did last year, for the 2017 AFI DOCS festival, I here present my overview coverage* of AFI DOCS 2018, which ran June 13-17 in our nation’s capital. Once again, the American Film Institute (AFI) presented a massive showcase … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Lost Treasures of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” Will Not Soon Be Found

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (J.A. Bayona, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the kind of mindless summer blockbuster-wannabe that rewards only the most basic of our adrenal needs. If one thinks about the plot for … Continue reading

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