Film Reviews

Film Review: In Powerful “Summer 1993,” a Child Overcomes Trauma

Summer 1993 (“Estiu 1993”) (Carla Simón, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars. A heartbreaking coming-of-age tale about a 6-year-old girl adjusting to a new life with a new family, Summer 1993 showcases remarkable, naturalistic performances from its ensemble of actors … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Solo: A Star Wars Story” Delivers Serviceable Goods

Solo: A Star Wars Story (Ron Howard, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. What does it say about Solo: A Star Wars Story that the most interesting character in the film is one with no previous connection to the series? … Continue reading

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Film Review by Victoria Alexander: DEADPOOL 2

Fantastic! It may be R-rated, but you will see it twice or three times. DEADPOOL shocked Hollywood with its $783million worldwide box office. It had a tiny $58million budget, an R-restricted rating and a first-time director, Tim Miller. Star Ryan … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Bye Bye Germany,” Jewish Holocaust Survivors Have the Last Laugh

Bye Bye Germany (Sam Garbarski, 2018)  3½ out of 4 stars. First, a few words about German actor Moritz Bleibtreu. Ever since I first saw him in Tom Tykwer’s 1998 Run Lola Run (in which he played Lola’s boyfriend, Manni), … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Book Club” Makes a Very Light Read

Book Club (Bill Holderman, 2018)  2 out of 4 stars. A harmless-enough film featuring a cast of appealing sexa-, septua-  and octogenarians, Book Club might appeal to anyone looking for a reprieve from the endless cycle of Marvel films and … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Jokes and the Insanity Are Dialed to the Nth Degree in “Deadpool 2”

Deadpool 2 (David Leitch, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. Deadpool 2 is the second installment of the Deadpool franchise and is directed by David Leitch and written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds. Since the events of … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander reviews The Rider

Zhao has created a charismatic star and a brilliant – must see twice – view of a powerful segment of American life. Writer-director Chloe Zhao has taken an outsider’s view into the world of rodeo horse riding in Pine Ridge, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Godard Mon Amour” Pokes Impish Fun at Its Aging Enfant Terrible

Godard Mon Amour (Michel Hazanavicius, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Whether or not one has a favorable opinion of iconic French director Jean-Luc Godard – creator of such classics of the 1960s New Wave as Breathless, Contempt and, my personal … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Rider

The Rider – **** OUT OF 4 Chloe Zhao (“Songs My Brothers Taught Me”) is a Beijing-born Chinese writer, director and producer who resides in the United States and studied political science at Mount Holyoke College and film production at NYU. … Continue reading

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Film Review: KINGS

It’s about screaming and loud yelling. Not to be left out, even Craig gets a screaming scene. Its 1992 and Millie (Halle Berry) has a brood of eight foster children. They all live in a house run without much adult … Continue reading

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