Tag Archives: Patrick Howard

Film Review: “The Best of Enemies” Offers the Bare Minimum of Racial Tension

The Best of Enemies (Robin Bissell, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. In today’s heated and hate-injected racial climate, one can’t deny the timeliness of the release of Robin Bissell’s The Best of Enemies, set in 1971 Durham, North Carolina. … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Paranoia and Fear of the Doppelgänger Infiltrates Jordan Peele’s “Us”

Us (Jordan Peele, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Once again Jordan Peele crashes through our mental cavities without any discernable mercy and penetrates our nightmares with the overlooked fear of the doppelgänger in Us. Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o and Winston … Continue reading

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Film Review: Julianne Moore Offers Audiences a Bleak but Resonating Slice of Life in “Gloria Bell”

Gloria Bell (Sebastián Lelio, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. Julianne Moore continues to be a shining testament both to her craft and entire generation in Sebastian Lelio’s Gloria Bell. Much akin to Jean Luc-Godard’s Breathless and Agnes Varda’s Cleo from 5 … Continue reading

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“Dragon 3” Delivers Family Fun but Never Matches Dramatic Weight of Predecessors

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Dean DeBlois, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Dean DeBlois, director of Dragons 1 and 2, draws the velvet curtain on the newly formed How to Train Your Dragon trilogy with its final installment, The … Continue reading

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Patrick Howard’s Top 10 Films of 2018

Here is my list, in order of preference, with each title hyperlinked to my review, if such a review exists, or to the movie’s page on IMDb, if I did not review (though I include a short capsule if that … Continue reading

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Film Review: The All Too Familiar Magic of “Mary Poppins Returns” in Full Effect

Mary Poppins Returns (Rob Marshall, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Rob Marshall, Academy Award nominee and director of Chicago, takes audiences back to Disney’s enchanting and atmospheric envision of London, England, in Mary Poppins Returns. Two decades after Mary Poppins … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Steampunk Potential Runs Out of Gas in “Mortal Engines”

Mortal Engines (Christian Rivers, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Visual effects artist turned film director Christian Rivers teams up with longtime collaborator Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings) to bring to life the first entry of Philip Reeve’s popular steampunk … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Fantastic Beasts 2” is a Bloated and Incoherent Mess of Magical Proportions

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (David Yates, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. David Yates returns to the wizarding world for the sixth time and brings the sequel of the new Harry Potter spinoff series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Heartwarming Story of Adoption Outshines Passable Laughs in “Instant Family”

Instant Family (Sean Anders, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Sean Anders, director of Daddy’s Home1 & 2 and That’s My Boy, continues his love for suburban-based comedies with the heartfelt Instant Family. Inspired by Anders’ life as an adoptive father of three … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Half-Cooked Premise and Under-Utilized Actors Plague Disney’s “Nutcracker and the Four Realms”

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Lasse Hallstrom/Joe Johnston 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. After countless interpretations and annual stage productions, Disney haphazardly dropkicks the iconic Nutcracker ballet into the high fantasy genre. What emerges is The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, … Continue reading

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