Film reviews

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Larson holds her own in a fun, action-packed ‘Captain Marvel’

It’s very typical Marvel 4-quadrant entertainment — designed to be unchallenging and escapist

 

‘Widows’ — a women-led crime thriller that stands on its own

Steve McQueen’s searing crime drama “Widows” was one of my most anticipated films of 2018. It was getting early Oscar buzz and I even thought… Continue reading

 

Now Playing: ‘The Kid Who Would be King’ — a surprisingly good kids movie for our time

You could say that every era has movies that fit perfectly there and nowhere else. “The French Connection” is a brilliant movie, but would it… Continue reading

 

Now Playing: Best and Worst of 2018

Well, another year gone, another year’s worth of movies to reflect on. This year I saw 61 new movies, which, when you do the math,… Continue reading

Now Playing: ‘Aquaman’ a sea adventure that heads DC in the right direction

Growing up, I was never a DC guy. I, of course, liked Superman and Batman because, well, because I’m an American and I think it’s… Continue reading

Spider-Man’s theory of everything — An animated sequel that works in any universe

It’s rare for a movie to go so far against my expectations for me to be actually floored by the time the credits roll, but… Continue reading

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Now Playing: ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ — for when blockbusters and indies don’t appeal

You would think with streaming video being the norm and the fact that there are a million different options of movies to watch at home,… Continue reading

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‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ — an inventive sequel that brings something new to the table

Sequels used to be an really iffy business. But, “Cars” notwithstanding, the crew over at Disney/Pixar seem to be able to defy the odds again… Continue reading

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ fails to justify its existence

There are certain movies that I think we can all agree are just unnecessary. That doesn’t mean that they are bad or good, just that… Continue reading

‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ — a gorgeous, nearly unwatchable masterpiece

If I really stop to think about it, Joel and Ethan Coen are probably my favorite all around filmmakers because I’ve never seen a movie… Continue reading

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ never quite rocks you

“We Will Rock You.” “Another One Bites the Dust.” “Bohemian Rhapsody.” These are the hits by the rock band Queen that everyone knows. They’ve worked… Continue reading

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‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ — Passable family entertainment for the holidays

Let me get out of the way at the outset that this week’s “Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is not a great movie by any… Continue reading

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Everything is good in ‘The Good Place’

This week marks a bit of a departure from my usual review. Over the years, I’ve drifted from strictly theatrical films to streaming films, or… Continue reading

‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ — a haphazard sequel lacking heart, and coherence

There’s a scene at the beginning of “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” that’s an annoying dog whistle, a call out to those extremists who seem… Continue reading

‘The Darkest Minds’ — a solid YA outing

There was a brief moment where YA post-apocalyptic fiction was all the rage. Do we put the start of that at “The Hunger Games?” I’m… Continue reading

‘A Star is Born’ — Less sappy than the original, with better music

I must confess — I’ve never seen the 1976 “A Star is Born,” starring Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. That’s not particularly shocking to my… Continue reading

‘UFO’ — If you’re looking for engaging sci-fi, look elsewhere

I’ve always been a big science fiction fan, but lately I’ve been really into a subset of that genre, the so-called “hard” science fiction. This… Continue reading

Now Playing: ‘Black 47’ — a devastating hidden gem

Quite often with this column, I am looking for that underseen gem that few people saw or have heard of, but is definitely worth a… Continue reading

Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls.’ (Universal Pictures)

‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ never lives up to its potential

There are many things to like about this week’s amusing and affable horror-lite kids movie, “The House with a Clock in Its Walls.” For one,… Continue reading

Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls.’ (Universal Pictures)
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