Patrick Howard

Patrick Howard’s Top 10 Films of 2018

Here is my list, in order of preference, with each title hyperlinked to my review, if such a review exists, or to the movie’s page on IMDb, if I did not review (though I include a short capsule if that … Continue reading

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Film Review: The All Too Familiar Magic of “Mary Poppins Returns” in Full Effect

Mary Poppins Returns (Rob Marshall, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Rob Marshall, Academy Award nominee and director of Chicago, takes audiences back to Disney’s enchanting and atmospheric envision of London, England, in Mary Poppins Returns. Two decades after Mary Poppins … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Steampunk Potential Runs Out of Gas in “Mortal Engines”

Mortal Engines (Christian Rivers, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Visual effects artist turned film director Christian Rivers teams up with longtime collaborator Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings) to bring to life the first entry of Philip Reeve’s popular steampunk … 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: 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: A Half-Cooked Premise and Under-Utilized Actors Plague Disney’s “Nutcracker and the Four Realms”

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Lasse Hallstrom/Joe Johnston 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. After countless interpretations and annual stage productions, Disney haphazardly dropkicks the iconic Nutcracker ballet into the high fantasy genre. What emerges is The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Rami Malek Shines in the Unsurprising but Effective Queen Biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Bohemian Rhapsody (Bryan Singer, 2018) 2½ out 4 stars. Rami Malek, star of the hit show Mr. Robot, takes a hold of the daunting responsibility of portraying rock ‘n roll icon and frontman of legendary band Queen, Freddie Mercury, in Bryan Singer’s … Continue reading

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Film Review: 2018 “Halloween” Slashes Originality for Its Love of Predecessor

Halloween (David Gordon Green, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Four decades later, and a behemoth-sized legacy to boast about for days, the methodical, masked serial killer Michael Meyers and his muse Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, return to the … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Stellar Cast and Noir-Inspired Thrills Are Standouts at the “El Royale”

Bad Times at the El Royale (Drew Goddard, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. Drew Goddard, the creator of Netflix’s popular Daredevil series, spills his trademark wit and mixed-genre writing into the high-stakes world of a classic noir mystery in Bad Times at … Continue reading

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Film Review: Kevin Hart and His Brand of Comedy Barely Pass in “Night School”

Night School (Malcolm D. Lee, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. Tiffany Haddish and her Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee team up with comedy megastar Kevin Hart in Night School, the latest send-up to John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club and other films centered … Continue reading

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