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“Their Finest” Delights with Bittersweet Take on War Propaganda

Their Finest (Lone Scherfig, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars. The worst thing about Their Finest is its generic title, which offers no indication of the magical whimsy within. Otherwise, it is a charming, bittersweet cinematic confection that tells the … 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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At Five Years and Growing, the Annual DC Web Fest Offers Variety Aplenty

On Saturday, April 1, 2017, I traveled to our nation’s capital to check out the 5th Annual DC Web Fest. Sadly, I was unable to stay the full length of the evening (almost 7 hours, running from 4 to 10:45pm), … Continue reading

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The Fifth Annual Annapolis Film Festival Shows Its Worth

Over four days, beginning March 30 and ending April 2, the 2017 Annapolis Film Festival screened over 70 films, a mix of documentary and narrative, 32 of them features. I was only able to watch 7 of those full-length movies … 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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“T2 Trainspotting” Lacks the Quirky Originality of the First Film, Yet Works as a Mostly Worthy Sequel

T2 Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars How does one make a sequel to a 21-year-old cult hit and make it interesting for fans both old and new? Such is the conundrum faced by director Danny Boyle (Steve … 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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The 2017 SXSW Film Festival Offers Another Fine Selection of Movies

The first South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival took place in 1987, and was devoted to music. In 1994, the organizers added two new sections, “Interactive” and “Film.” And here we are, at the 24th iteration of the last two, which … Continue reading

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“Wilson” Flouts Convention and Almost Gets Away with It

Wilson (Craig Johnson, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars From Craig Johnson, director of the delightfully offbeat, tragicomic The Skeleton Twins, in 2014, comes Wilson, still offbeat and tragicomic, though far less delightfully so. Based on a series of comics … Continue reading

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Enjoyable, If Inert, “Beauty and the Beast” Feels Like an Old Tale, Indeed

Beauty and the Beast (Bill Condon, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars While there are a number of things to recommend within this live-action retelling of “a tale as old as time,” including many fine performances and the beautiful visual … Continue reading

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