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Film Review: Narrative Flaws Overpower Virtues of “A Quiet Place”

A Quiet Place (John Krasinski, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Genial actor John Krasinski (Jim on the American version of The Office) has directed three feature-length films, so far. The first two were Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009) … Continue reading

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The Sixth Annual Annapolis Film Festival Showcases Another Strong Lineup

Over four days, beginning March 22 and ending March 25, the 2018 Annapolis Film Festival screened 80+ films, a mix of documentary and narrative, shorts and features. I was only able to watch 8 of the latter (and none of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Get Ready! “Ready Player One” Offers a Terrific Thrill Ride

Ready Player One* (Steven Spielberg, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. Adapted from Ernest Cline’s 2011 debut sci-fi novel of the same name, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One – his 31st theatrical feature – delivers on the promise of the book, despite … Continue reading

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Film Review: Impressive “Isle of Dogs” Offers Cinematic Treats Galore

Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. According to Isle of Dogs‘ press notes, the film “began with an unlikely, but potent mix of fascinations shared by [Wes] Anderson and his story collaborators Roman Coppola, Jason … Continue reading

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Film Review: Twisted “Flower” Never Quite Blossoms

Flower (Max Winkler, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. If the very first scene of Max Winkler’s second feature, Flower, don’t turn you completely off the movie, there’s a chance you’ll emerge at the other end having had a better … Continue reading

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SXSW 2018 Film Recap: Looking Good at 25!

South by Southwest (SXSW), a multimedia festival showcasing music, film and interactive technology and design, was founded in 1987, devoted at first solely to music. Then, in 1994, the film and interactive conferences were added. 2018 marked the 25th iteration … Continue reading

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Film Review: Timlin and Tucci Save “Submission” from Disaster

Submission (Richard Levine, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. Based on Francine Prose’s 2000 novel Blue Angel, in which a creative-writing professor at a small liberal-arts college in Vermont develops an inappropriate obsession with one of his students, Submission has … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Messy “A Wrinkle in Time,” Storm Reid Rescues All

A Wrinkle in Time (Ava DuVernay, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. I really wanted to like this movie, even though I was disappointed in the source text – Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 book of the same title – when I recently … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Death Wish” Deserves a Quick Demise

Death Wish (Eli Roth, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. It should come as no surprise that filmmaker Eli Roth gives us a Death Wish filled with gory scenes of death, brains spewed hither and thither. After all, why should … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Game Night” Is Dumb Fun

Game Night (John Francis Daley/Jonathan Goldstein, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. A completely stupid film about a group of friends whose game night goes horribly wrong (but also, so right), layered on top of an equally dumb tale of … Continue reading

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