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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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Film Review: “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” Too Contrived for Its Iconic Star

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (Rob Epstein/Jeffrey Friedman, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. There are things in life that are ridiculously overdue; things that have been kept from the general public for far too long. You and I … Continue reading

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Film Review: Akin to the DeLorean, Itself, “Driven” Promises More Than It Can Deliver

Driven (Nick Hamm, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Sometimes when a film does the all too common, unspeakable act of not living up to its exciting and intricate premise, the only thing you can do is offer it a slight … Continue reading

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Film Review: Lynn Shelton’s “Sword of Trust” Cuts Only Skin Deep

Sword of Trust (Lynn Shelton, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Stand-up comedian and avid podcaster Marc Maron leads the cast of Lynn Shelton’s comedy of errors, Sword of Trust. When a couple, played by Michaela Watkins and Jillian Bell, find … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Yesterday,” Danny Boyle Injects a Bit of Originality into the Rags-to-Riches Story

Yesterday (Danny Boyle, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Danny Boyle, a filmmaker with one of the most eclectic filmographies imaginable, jumps headfirst into the traditional romantic comedy and uses a script by Love Actually’s Richard Curtis to inject a dose … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Annabelle Comes Home” with Effective Tricks and Scares

Annabelle Comes Home (Gary Dauberman, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Marking its seventh entry, The Conjuring cinematic universe is the little franchise that keeps on chugging along. Granted, not all of its films, especially the ones with the creepy doll Annabelle, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Secret Life of Pets 2” Offers Passable Fun, but None Worthy of Silver Screen

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Jonathan del Val/Chris Renaud, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. I’m always hesitant to review a sequel. As a critic, you want to do your job of critiquing an artist’s work with as much … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” Doubles Down on Monster Action but Retains Dull Human Characters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Michael Dougherty, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Five years ago, Gareth Edwards brought the second American reimagining of one of Japan’s most cherished exports, Godzilla, to life. Godzilla (2014) was a dignified and well-crafted … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Avengers: Endgame” Impressively Sustains Marvel’s Effect on Cinema

Avengers: Endgame (Joe & Anthony Russo, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. Eleven years ago, I never thought the superhero genre would have reached the level of accomplishment of a 21-film saga. Before the first Iron Man released into theaters in … Continue reading

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