Film Reviews

Film Review: “Spider-Man: Homecoming” Mostly Brings Home the Goods (But Did We Really Need Another Spider-Man?)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (Jon Watts, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. With every further installment in the current iteration of the “Marvel Cinematic Universe,” I feel ever more compelled to preface my review of the film just released with a recap … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Big Sick” Is the Cure for What Ails Us

The Big Sick (Michael Showalter, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars. Co-written by real-life romantic partners Emily V. Gordon (Comedy Central’s The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail) and Kumail Nanjiani (same show, plus HBO’s Silicon Valley, and many more), The … Continue reading

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Film Review: Baby Driver

Baby Driver – ***1/2 OUT OF 4 Directed by Edgar Wright, the filmmaker known for “Scott Pilgrim” and the cult comedy trifecta of “Shaun of the Dead”, “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End”, has finally perfected his style to the point … 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: “Despicable Me 3” is Mostly Despicable

Despicable Me 3 (Eric Guillon/Kyle Balda/Pierre Coffin, 2017) 1 out of 4 stars. To be honest, I rrellnnot remember much about the plots of the first two films in this series, nor of its spinoff, Minions (even though I wrote … Continue reading

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Film Review: Neruda

Undoubtedly, Pablo Larraín is the most exciting Chilean filmmaker working today. He has been carving his mark in the contemporary world cinema through beautiful artistic works such as “Tony Manero”, “Post Mortem”, “No”, and “The Club”. Last year, he filmed … Continue reading

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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 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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