Mainstream Films

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: “Wonder Woman” Kicks Ass, Flaws and All

Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. There is much to recommend in Wonder Woman, the latest (but hardly the last) entry in the DC Comics cineverse. Given the recent dismal output from this particular franchise – … Continue reading

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Film Review: Set Your Sites Low, and “Baywatch” Mostly Entertains

Baywatch (Seth Gordon, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. The original Baywatch television series ran on NBC for just one season, 1989-1990, before the network cancelled it. Its star, David Hasselhof (previously known for Knight Rider), refused to accept no … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Android’s the Thing, in “Alien: Covenant,” for Better and for Worse

Alien: Covenant (Ridley Scott, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. The original Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979) masterfully blended science fiction and horror, taking the conventions of monster movies and setting them on a lonely spacecraft in a galaxy far, far … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Wall” Needs a Stronger Foundation

The Wall (Doug Liman, 2017) 1½ stars out of 4. The Wall, from director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), tries very hard to achieve that seriousness of purpose that shouts importance with every spoken word. Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Godzilla) and John … Continue reading

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Fast? Furious? “The Fate of the Furious” Bores and Irritates

The Fate of the Furious (F. Gary Gray, 2017) 1 out of 4 stars. Is this film worth reviewing? As the eighth in a heretofore lucrative series – which began in 2001 with The Fast and the Furious – it’s probably … Continue reading

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Slumming Through “Going in Style,” Three Masters Deliver Occasional Laughs

Going in Style (Zach Braff, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars. How the mighty have fallen. Let’s start with actor-turned-director Zach Braff (J.D. on ABC’s long-running Scrubs), whose marvelous 2004 filmmaking debut, Garden State, held such creative promise. Ten years … Continue reading

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WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES – Caesar on Caesar’s Palace and New Trailer Tease!

Caesar Invades Vegas and Takes Over Caesars Palace Las Vegas with a major show-stopping visual effect!   In anticipation of a brand new trailer launching tomorrow, projections of Caesar, the title character of WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, and a special … Continue reading

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Even with Strong Performances, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” Fails to Compel

The Zookeeper’s Wife (Niki Caro, 2017) 1½ out of 4 stars Based on the 2007 best-selling non-fiction book of the same title (by Diane Ackerman), The Zookeeper’s Wife is a story about the Holocaust that mistakes treacle for seriousness, bathos for … Continue reading

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