Film Reviews

Film Review: Congenial “Green Book” Offers Simplistic Lessons in Racial Harmony

Green Book (Peter Farrelly, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. In 1962, noted African American pianist Don Shirley decided to take a tour through the Jim Crow south, leaving behind the comfort of his spacious apartment above Carnegie Hall and the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” Sings an Uneven Tune

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Ethan and Joel Coen, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. A collection of 6 short Westerns from Ethan and Joel Coen, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is nothing if not uneven. Though infused throughout with the brothers’ … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Fantastic Beasts 2” is a Bloated and Incoherent Mess of Magical Proportions

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (David Yates, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. David Yates returns to the wizarding world for the sixth time and brings the sequel of the new Harry Potter spinoff series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to … Continue reading

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Film Review: These “Widows” Deserve a Better Deal

Widows (Steve McQueen, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. There’s nothing in Widows that a better script couldn’t fix. With solid performances all around and some excellent action sequences, the only thing missing is a remotely plausible story. Director/co-screenwriter McQueen (12 Years … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Heartwarming Story of Adoption Outshines Passable Laughs in “Instant Family”

Instant Family (Sean Anders, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Sean Anders, director of Daddy’s Home1 & 2 and That’s My Boy, continues his love for suburban-based comedies with the heartfelt Instant Family. Inspired by Anders’ life as an adoptive father of three … Continue reading

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Film Review: Boy Erased

Boy Erased – **1/2 OUT OF 4 Boy Erased is the second film this year dealing with the issue of gay conversion therapy and individuals  struggling with same sex attraction. The film released in the spring, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post“ won … Continue reading

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You’re a Dull One, Mr. Grinch

The Grinch (Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney) 2 out of 4 stars In Illumination’s latest scheme to profit only off of the parents whose children have the lowest of cinematic standards, their signature corporatized sterility and dedication to cheap humor … Continue reading

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Film Review: Can You Ever Forgive Me (For Liking This So Much)?

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller) 4 out of 4 stars Oh, what it would be like to be one of the greats. It’s a feeling that most artists have probably wondered to themselves at some point or other. … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander reviews CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

Melissa McCarthy’s brave performance, Charlize-Theron-like acting jewel, deserves an Academy Award nomination. What I love: The scene at the end of CAN YOU FORGIVE ME? When Hollywood stars of Melissa McCarthy’s stature do a real person role, at the end, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Scots Rule in “Outlaw King”

Outlaw King (David Mackenzie, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Despite the copious online coverage of the mid-film reveal of star Chris Pine’s genitalia in all its naked glory (don’t get too excited, as it’s only up there for a nanosecond), the … Continue reading

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