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Film Review: “Juliet, Naked” Delivers Rom-Com for Grown-Ups

Juliet, Naked (Jesse Peretz, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. An appealing – if sometimes unfocused – twist on the romantic-comedy genre, Jesse Peretz’s Juliet, Naked offers both Rose Byrne (The Meddler) and Ethan Hawke (First Reformed) a chance to be extraordinarily charming … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Captain” Offers Sharp Satire of Human Depravity

The Captain (“Der Hauptmann”) (Robert Schwentke, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. A tale so mad it can only be true, Robert Schwentke’s The Captain (“Der Hauptmann” in its original German) veers from one improbable situation to another, upping the ante … Continue reading

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Film Review: Overly Obsessed with Wealth, “Crazy Rich Asians” Still Delivers Some Rom-Com Goods

Crazy Rich Asians (Jon M. Chu, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Let’s start with the good: Crazy Rich Asians, from director Jon M. Chu (Jem and the Holograms), features an appealing, almost exclusively Asian cast, in a diverting rom-com confection produced … Continue reading

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Film Review: “BlacKkKlansman” Serves up Serious Racial Satire with a Contemporary Bite

BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Spike Lee has almost always been a director worth watching, even when his work has fallen short of the brilliant promise of such early narratives like She’s Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Statham and Crew Charm Their Way Through Dumb Fun of “The Meg”

The Meg (Jon Turteltaub, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Have no fear, O Bruce the Shark (of Jaws fame): though you be but a (mechanical) great white, no (CGI) megalodon – the largest shark that ever lived! – can take you, whatever images … Continue reading

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Film Review: Winnie the Pooh Can’t Quite Save a Dreary “Christopher Robin”

Christopher Robin (Marc Forster, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Just last October (2017), we saw the release of director Simon Curtis’ Goodbye Christopher Robin, an affecting – if largely fabricated – biopic about the real-life boy at the center of author A.A. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Alone in the Game” Offers Poignant Tales of LGBTQ Athletes

Alone in the Game (David McFarland/Natalie Metzger/Michael Rohrbaugh, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. A moving and well-told profile of the challenges faced by LGBTQ athletes, Audience Network’s Alone in the Game – from first-time writer/producer David McFarland and directors Natalie Metzger (Special … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Skyscraper” Collapses Upon Its Own Contrived Weight

Skyscraper (Rawson Marshall Thurber, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. Professional wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Baywatch) is always a charismatic screen presence, no matter the quality of the film in which he stars. A mighty giant of a man … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Ant-Man and the Wasp” Doubles Down on Charm and Wit

Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. For anyone who liked the original Ant-Man, back in 2015, and was worried that its sequel might not deliver its predecessor’s comedic goods, have no fear: Ant-Man and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Addicts Struggle to Survive in Powerful “Recovery Boys”

Recovery Boys (Elaine McMillion Sheldon, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. From Elaine McMillion Sheldon, who just last year gave us the Oscar-nominated Netflix-released short documentary Heroin(e), about the opioid epidemic ravaging West Virginia (and much of the rest of … Continue reading

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