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Posted June 01, 2022in Film Review

‘The Bad Guys’ enlivens a story familiar to cartoon fans young and old

“We may be bad, but we’re so good at it.” Mr. Wolf (Sam Rockwell), the lupine leader of the larcenous critters at the center of the animated comedy “The Bad [...]

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Posted May 04, 2022in Film Review

Cage surprises in ‘Massive Talent’

Likely to be a new favorite for any of Nic Cage’s long-term fans or new bandwagoners, “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” (“Massive Talent”) is an entertaining film that doesn’t [...]

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Posted April 06, 2022in Film Review

‘Windfall’ makes for smooth sailing

“Windfall” is the kind of acting experiment that works for me. Trap three talented actors on a single set and bounce them off each other. The premise here is strong [...]

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Posted March 02, 2022in Film Review

Animated shorts are view-worthy

“Robin Robin” Directed: Dan Ojari and Mikey Please, and featuring voice actors  Stars: Gillian Anderson, Richard E. Grant, and Adeel Akhtar.  (Watch complete short film on Netflix) An optimistic young [...]

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Posted February 02, 2022in Film Review

‘The 355’ mostly succeeds where others have come up short

“The 355,” directed by Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Dark Phoenix”), who co-wrote with Theresa Rebeck, is not an instant classic by any means. It is, however, a straightforward and solidly entertaining [...]

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Posted January 05, 2022in Film Review

‘Nightmare Alley’

When charismatic but down-on-his-luck Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena Krumbein (Toni Collette) and her has-been mentalist husband Pete (David Strathairn) at a traveling carnival, he earns [...]

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Posted December 01, 2021in Film Review

‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’

A soft reboot of the original.  Being a “Ghostbusters” fan has been a tough gig. The original was one of the greatest movies ever — a perfectly paced, perfectly structured [...]

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Posted November 03, 2021in Film Review

An immersive cinematic experience

“Dune: Part One” is a spectacular film that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible. Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of (the first half of) Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic is [...]

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Posted October 06, 2021in Film Review

Emotional turmoil and bizarre encounters

‘The Starling’ delivers a powerful, emotional presentation of loss. “The Starling” is a jumble of emotional turmoil and bizarre encounters. Ostensibly, the plot revolves around married couple Lilly (Melissa McCarthy) [...]

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Posted September 01, 2021in Film Review

‘Reminiscence’ offers half-remembered cop movie cliches and hard-boiled detective narration

Hugh Jackman does his best Rod Serling impression in this flick that leaves more ideas on the floor than on the screen. “Reminiscence” is a futuristic noir with precious little on [...]

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