• This Week’s Review: “Skyscraper”

    When I entered the theater on July 14, the manager asked me to which movie was I headed. When I told him I was going to see “Skyscraper,” he grinned and said, “Dumb fun.” He nailed it, but I later told him that the film was not as dumb as some of Dwayne Johnson’s other …

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  • This Week’s Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

    The weekend of July 7 was enlivened by the opening of the latest Marvel comic book movie, “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” I had been awaiting it with enthusiasm. It was worth the wait, and I enjoyed the film, but I came away slightly disappointed. The film answers the question of why Ant-Man did not appear …

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  • This Week’s Review: Sicario: Day of the Soldado and Gotti

    The current heat wave, along with a paucity of interesting new releases, kept me away from the lure and glitter of the metroplexes the weekend of June 30. There was no way I could be enticed to spend money on “Sicario: Day of the Soldado.” The first film in the series was a bloodbath, and …

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  • This Week’s Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    I was in the mood for some jaw-dropping spectacle, and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” was the perfect choice. So far, it is the most enjoyable film I have seen this summer (with “Incredibles 2” a close rival). The day before I saw the film, I watched my DVD of the preceding episode, and I am glad …

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  • This Week’s Review: Incredibles 2

    I was very pleased with “Incredibles 2.” I had not realized it had been 14 years since the first installment; I have to hope it will not take another 14 years for the third installment. I tend to see almost everything with the Pixar imprint, but I have to admit that the quality is not …

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  • This Week’s Review: A Break

    There was very little that appealed to me for the June 9 weekend. If I had ventured out, I probably would have gone to see “Ocean’s 8.” It seems to be a clever twist on the tiring “Oceans” franchise, and I do tend to enjoy Sandra Bullock’s films. I am looking forward to “Incredibles 2” on …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Beast”

    A few weeks ago, one of the managers at the megaplex suggested that I see “Beast.” On June 2, I took his advice, and am pleased to report that his suggestion was valid. “Beast” is a very dark and disturbingly intense story about two “star-crossed lovers” who make Romeo and Juliet look pale. The film, set …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Solo”

    I started the Memorial Day weekend with “Solo,” the newest “Star Wars” prequel; I have to say that last year’s “Rogue One” was better. I enjoyed most of “Solo,” but I came away dissatisfied. I know there were problems throughout the production of the film. I can’t blame the cast, even though Woody Harrelson was …

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  • This Week’s Review: No-Show

    Brace yourself; It has been a few months since I have fussed about the low level of service at local theaters and I have lulled myself into a false sense of security. When things go bad at a megaplex, the results are horrendous. I did not have a chance to visit a megaplex the weekend …

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  • This Week’s Review: A Re-Run

    There were no new films for which I felt the slightest attraction on the weekend of May 12, so I decided to refresh my memory of “Avengers: Infinity War.” It was a good way to unwind from the tensions generated by those pesky final examinations, and it was useful in that I caught several lines …

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