• 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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  • 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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