Tag Archives: Patrick Howard

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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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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