Tag Archives: Patrick Howard

Film Review: “Bad Boys for Life” – When Michael Bay is Away, the Bad Boys Will Play

Bad Boys for Life (Adil El Arbi/Bilall Fallah, 2020) 2½ out of 4 stars. 17 years have passed since the last installment of the Bad Boys franchise assaulted audiences’ eyes with unrelenting machismo and other problematic content. In hindsight, Bad Boys and Bad … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Like a Boss” Is Another Throwaway January Flick

Like a Boss (Miguel Arteta, 2020) 1 out of 4 stars. I long for the day when January ceases to be a bottomless pit of mediocre and downright horrible films. Occasionally you’ll get a surprise hit like Cloverfield in 2008 or an underrated … Continue reading

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Patrick Howard’s Top 10 Films of 2019

2019 has been a continuing year of great diversity in front of and behind the camera. In no way is the issue of diversity solved for good, but it’s a delight to see great films on this list like Jojo Rabbit and The … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Cats” Barely Scratches at the Potential of its Cinematic Adaptation

Cats (Tom Hooper, 2019) 1½ out of 4 stars. No matter how off-putting the surreal nature of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit 1981 Broadway show Cats may be, one can’t deny the alluring idea of the show’s cinematic adaptation. While cinemas around the world … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Jumanji: The Next Level” Delivers the Same but the Hilarity Remains

Jumanji: The Next Level (Jake Kasdan, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Genuinely, the biggest cinematic surprise of 2017 for me was Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Before this reboot disguised as a loose sequel hit theaters, most studios that wanted … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Ford v Ferrari” Crosses Finish Line with Pure Charm and Adrenaline

Ford v Ferrari (James Mangold, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. As the endless barrage of superhero movies continue to dominate the theaters during the summer months, James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari brings back the invigorating feeling of blockbusters of yesteryear in … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Good Liar” Just Barely Entertains by the Chemistry of Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen

The Good Liar (Bill Condon, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Nothing more satisfying than seeing a criminal get their just desserts. A simple call to the police is fine, I guess, but the more elaborate the reveal of the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” Is a Tale of Love and Humanity for the New Age

Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. The old phrase “those who forget the past are bound to repeat it” has been passed down for centuries. Whenever an individual believes this phrase has lost its luster, a new … Continue reading

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Film Review: Maleficent Boasts More Confidence in her Messy but Engaging Sequel, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Joachim Rønning, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. With Disney Studios shoulders deep in the onslaught of their live-action remakes, I found the announcement of their planned sequels not the least bit surprising. These remakes, or reimaginings … Continue reading

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Film Review: Will Smith Fights His Doppelgänger and a Hackneyed Script in “Gemini Man”

Gemini Man (Ang Lee, 2019) 1½ out of 4 stars. Cautious optimism is the phrase I would use to describe the feeling that rumbles in my gut whenever a new film from either Ang Lee or Will Smith is released. Like … Continue reading

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