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Film Review: “Alita: Battle Angel,” Silliness and All, Offers Solid Entertainment

Alita: Battle Angel (Robert Rodriguez, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Based on a Japanese manga series by Yukito Kishiro, the crazy new film from writer/director Robert Rodriguez (Machete Kills) and writers James Cameron (Avatar) and Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island), Alita: Battle Angel serves … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” Entertains, but Tries Too Hard to Please

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Mike Mitchell, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. I loved The Lego Movie, which came out in 2014 to great critical and commercial success. Though seemingly a marketing ploy to sell more LEGO toys, … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s 10 Documentaries to Watch from Sundance 2019

The Sundance Institute was founded in 1980 by actor Robert Redford in Park City, Utah, as a filmmaking laboratory to promote the art and craft of independent cinema. In 1985, the Institute took control of the U.S. Film Festival, later … Continue reading

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Film Review: Both Smart and Silly, “Velvet Buzzsaw” Entertains with Horror/Satire Mix

Velvet Buzzsaw (Dan Gilroy, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Documentarian Nathaniel Kahn’s The Price of Everything came out this past fall, and in it the director explores the outrageous sums involved in buying and selling art in today’s market. How value … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Kid Who Would Be King” Offers Magic, Fun and Fine Lessons for All

The Kid Who Would Be King (Joe Cornish, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. A silly, if thoroughly enjoyable riff on the myth of King Arthur, The Kid Who Would Be King follows 12-year-old Alexander Elliott as he discovers a sword in … Continue reading

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Film Review: “King of Thieves” Almost Pulls off the Heist

King of Thieves (James Marsh, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars.  Based on a real-life 2015 heist, director James Marsh’s King of Thieves assembles a cast of fine British actors of a certain age, among them Jim Broadbent (The Lady in the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Stan & Ollie” Honors the Great Laurel & Hardy

Stan & Ollie (Jon S. Baird, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Stan Laurel (1890-1965, born Arthur Stanley Jefferson) and Oliver Hardy (1892-1957, born Norvell Hardy) were mildly popular performers in their own right when, in 1927, producer Hal Roach paired … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Glass” Overpromises and Underdelivers

Glass (M. Night Shyamalan, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. I still remember the frisson of anticipation, back in 2000, before I sat down to watch M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable, given how much I had enjoyed his previous film, The Sixth … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Standoff at Sparrow Creek” Delivers Mostly Solid Thrills

The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (Henry Dunham, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Just a few months ago, I had never heard of James Badge Dale, and now all of a sudden (or so it seems) he appears in three movies … Continue reading

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Film Review: With Nuance and Balance, “Untouchable” Explores Fraught Truths About Sex Crimes

Untouchable (David Feige, 2016) 4 out of 4 stars. Most human beings, I hope, can agree that the sexual abuse of children is a grievous wrong that should be punished to the full extent allowed by the courts. Beyond such a … Continue reading

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