• This Week’s Review: Two films

    On October 13, I actually had enough time for two films which have been in the news lately: “First Man” and “The Old Man & the Gun.” Both were worth seeing, but I was not totally pleased with either. I still have vivid memories of the early days of the space program and staying up …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Venom”

    There wasn’t much choice of movies for the weekend of October 6; I had no interest in the animated “Smallfoot,” and even less in the latest rewriting of “A Star Is Born.” By process of elimination, I wound up seeing the latest comic book movie, “Venom.” I have seen worse, much worse. “Venom” expands upon …

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  • This Week’s Review: A Book Instead

    As I feared, Hollywood submitted no new films worth my time or money for the September 29 weekend. If the new Robert Redford film, “The Old Man & the Gun,” had opened in Houston, I probably would have tried to catch it. The lack of interesting films combined with the stormy weather caused me to …

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  • This Week’s Review: “The House with a Clock in Its Walls”

    For my September 24 venture to a cinema, I chose “The House with a Clock in Its Walls.” I am unfamiliar with any of the 12 novels by John Bellairs about a 12-year-old, would-be warlock, and I am not sure this film makes me anxious to investigate them. I was a trifle wary of this …

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  • 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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