• This Week’s Review: “Rampage”

    I was in the mood for some simplistic plotting and mindless cinematic violence, so “Rampage” was a good choice for the April 14 weekend. The theater manager warned me not to expect anything profound; his term was “a perfect popcorn film.” He was right. The plot is hackneyed, to say the least. A soulless corporation …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Chappaquiddick”

    The weekend of April 7 represented another of those arid periods during which Hollywood releases little or nothing worth my time, effort, or expense. If “Chappaquiddick” had been playing near me, I might have considered it, but I confess to several qualms about the film. I was first aware of the film from advertisements on …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Ready Player One”

    To say the least, I was overwhelmed by Steven Spielberg’s latest venture, “Ready Player One.” The trailers had been ambiguous, and I had never read the original novel, so I was not sure what was going to transpire on the screen. In a dystopian future, the only solace is a massive virtual reality game known …

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  • This Week’s Review: A Break

    After a long and bruising session with my tax accountant, I was ready for some therapeutic cinematic diversion. But Hollywood failed to deliver anything remotely interesting for the March 24 weekend. I was somewhat interested  in “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” a new biblical film from the same company that produced “Risen” a few years ago, but it was …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Tomb Raider”

    It has been a while since I have seen a film that was thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end, and, to be honest, I had no such expectation for the new version of “Tomb Raider.” I have very few memories of the 2001 version with Angelina Jolie and Daniel Craig, but this film actually makes Lara …

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  • This Week’s Review: “The Shape of Water”

    I decided to bite the bullet and find a theater showing of “The Shape of Water.” Although I had seen several trailers over the last few months, knew the gist of the plot and had strong memories of director Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth,” there were several surprises. It was worth the trouble to find the film. The …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Red Sparrow”

    I only had time for one film on March 3, so I had to choose between “Red Sparrow” and the new version of “Death Wish.” I chose the Jennifer Lawrence bloodbath over the Bruce Willis carnage. That was a very limited choice; I suspect I would have been nauseated by either film.   I have never read …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Annihilation”

    The weekend of February 24 was rather arid; the only new film of any interest was “Annihilation.” In many ways, it was a big nothing; but, in other ways, it may be better than I first thought. In some ways, the film reminded me of 2016’s “Arrival,” but it is much more ambiguous. I have …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Black Panther”

    I only had time for one film on February 17, and there was never any question that my choice would be “Black Panther.” I still remember when the character, the first black superhero, first appeared in a 1965 issue of “Fantastic Four,” but I never foresaw the cultural phenomenon the character would become in the next …

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  • This Week’s Reviews: “The 15:17 to Paris” and “Peter Rabbit”

    My weekly pilgrimage for February 10 to the movie theater was barely worth the time. My first choice was Clint Eastwood’s “The 15:17 to Paris.” I may have had false expectations about the retelling of the recent terrorist atrocity stopped by three Americans, but I was not impressed. The actual incident only took a few minutes, …

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