• This Week’s Review: “Patton”

    Hollywood did not come up with anything remotely interesting for the weekend of September 15. The thought of squirming through a remake of “Predator” was not pleasant, so I used the time for a haircut. The haircut will last for about 90 days; not many movies survive in my skull that long. I did use …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Peppermint”

    My choices for the weekend of September 8 were rather limited; I was not interested at all in “The Nun,” and finally settled on “Peppermint.” To put it nicely, it left a sour taste in my mouth. The title derives from a child asking for peppermint ice cream. I never saw Jennifer Garner’s television series …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Operation Finale”

    Cinematic offerings for the Labor Day weekend were rather sparse, so I only saw one film, “Operation Finale.” I had planned to see it after I saw the early trailers because I was intrigued by the plot line, and how Israeli agents tracked down and captured Adolf Eichmann, a notorious architect of the “Final Solution.” …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Crazy Rich Asians”

    On August 25, I finally caught up with “Crazy Rich Asians,” which has been the surprise hit of the summer of 2018. I enjoyed most of the film, but I came away with reservations about its long-range significance. In short, the film is another version of the Cinderella story, but with some twists. A young …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Mile 22”

    I hate to admit that I make mistakes, but I made a major mistake on August 18; I should have gone to see “Crazy Rich Asians,” but for some strange reason I chose “Mile 22.” I still cringe at the thought of the time and money I wasted on 95 minutes of trash. I usually …

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  • This Week’s Review: “BlacKkKlansman”

    After I saw at least two interviews of Spike Lee on CBS and PBS, I decided to see his new film, “BlacKkKlansman” (Black Klansman), on August 11. It has been a long time since I have seen anything as powerful. The final scene was as cathartic as anything Aeschylus or Sophocles ever conceived. It was …

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  • There’s Always Next Weekend

    The canicular days of August left me too lethargic to leave the house on August 4, and that might have been an error on my part. I don’t regret missing “Christopher Robin” and “Eighth Grade,” but recent reviews tell me that I may have overlooked the virtues of “The Spy Who Dumped Me” and “The …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Mission Impossible: Fallout”

    I have to confess that “Mission Impossible: Fallout” was much more enjoyable than I could ever have expected. I was prepared to make all sorts of snarky comments about an aging actor trying to make the audience believe he is still in his 20s or early 30s, but I didn’t have to suspend too much …

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  • 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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