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Film Review: “The Glass Castle” is Only Half Full

The Glass Castle (Destin Daniel Cretton, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars. The third feature film from Destin Daniel Cretton (director of the very fine Short Term 12), The Glass Castle comes with a strong literary pedigree in the form … Continue reading

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Film Review: Uneven “Atomic Blonde” Works Best When Charlize Is in Charge

Atomic Blonde (David Leitch, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. As you watch Atomic Blonde, it should come as no surprise that its director, David Leitch, is a stuntman and stunt coordinator with a career going back over 20 years. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Dunkirk” Never Quite Emerges from the Fog of War

Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. Christopher Nolan’s latest epic – this one grounded in actual historical events, for once – has received such near-unanimous praise from other film critics that it was with some disappointment that I … Continue reading

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Film Review: “A Ghost Story” Haunts the Eyes, If Not Always the Mind

A Ghost Story (David Lowery, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. Director David Lowery’s haunting A Ghost Story gives us the spirit life from the perspective of the phantom. Time has no meaning when you’re dead, however, and so the … Continue reading

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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: “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 cannot 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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Chris Reed’s AFI DOCS 2017 Top Five

[NOTE: My Film Festival Today colleague Jay Berg will soon post his own Top 5 list, complete with a more detailed history of the festival] The American Film Institute (AFI) exists, as its website proclaims, “to train filmmakers and preserve … 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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