Film Reviews

Film Review: “Thor: Ragnarok” Proves Three’s the Charm

Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Until now, Thor has been my least favorite of the Marvel superheroes. This has nothing to do with casting – Chris Hemsworth (Rush) is a charismatic and capable actor – and … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Florida Project

Wonderful, endearing and creates a star out of a six-year old. The industry standard, the hallowed three-part structure of a screenplay doesn’t hold any longer. The primary “Establishing Shot” orienting the audience to the where, the who and the what, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Solid “Thank You for Your Service” Confronts Our Indifference

Thank You for Your Service (Jason Hall, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Thank You for Your Service marks the directorial debut of actor/screenwriter Jason Hall (American Sniper), and it makes for an auspicious start. Based on the 2013 nonfiction … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Goodbye Christopher Robin” Moves Despite Its Fabulation

Goodbye Christopher Robin (Simon Curtis, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. In many ways a complex exploration of the twin challenges of artistic creation and parenting, Goodbye Christopher Robin nevertheless strays distressingly from the real facts of the case. Based … Continue reading

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Film Review: “1922” Offers Solid Creeps

1922 (Zak Hilditch, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Based on a 2010 Stephen King story of the same title, from his collection Full Dark, No Stars, the new Netflix film 1922 tells a gruesome morality tale of crime and … Continue reading

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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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