• 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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  • This Week’s Review: “Den of Thieves”

    The period between the announcement of the Oscar nominations and the awards ceremony tends to be a bit of desert; there are very few major pictures released during that February. On February 3, I made a poor choice, “Den of Thieves.” The only alternative was Helen Mirren in a Gothic thriller, “Winchester,” but I would …

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  • This Week’s Review: “12 Strong”

    I only had time for one film on January 27, so I caught up with “12 Strong,” the story of the first military response to the 9-11 attacks. Even though those attacks took place more than 16 years ago, they still rankle the American soul – and this film fills in some of the gaps …

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  • This Week’s Review: “The Commuter”

    After two days of cabin fever brought on by the recent inclement weather, I was more than ready for a cinematic treat. I only had time for one film, and I wound up with “The Commuter,” Liam Neeson’s newest thriller. It was diverting, but after it was over, I began to realize how many holes …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Hostiles” and “The Post”

    Before the inclement weather arrived, I managed to see two excellent films: “Hostiles” and “The Post.” “Hostiles” reminds me very much of John Ford at his best. I am not familiar with other films directed by Scott Cooper, but this one impressed me. The plot and setting remind me of Ford’s “The Searchers,” and some critics …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Molly’s Game”

    The New Year is not off to a good start. Some of the new releases seem intended to keep the audience away from the theaters. On January 6, I saw “Molly’s Game,” a mediocre film that some are touting as Oscar-worthy. I confess that I have very little knowledge of high-stakes gambling; therefore, I did …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Darkest Hour” and “The Greatest Showman”

    I saw fewer movies during the Christmas holidays than I expected; two were memorable and one was eminently forgettable. The big event of the holidays was, of course, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”  It was almost everything I had hoped for, and I am now anxiously awaiting the ninth episode. I was fortunate enough to see …

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  • This Week’s Review: “The Man Who Invented Christmas”

    There were no new movies that seemed worth my time on December 2, so I decided to catch up with “The Man Who Invented Christmas.” I used to teach a course on Charles Dickens, so I spotted numerous fissures and chasms in the plot of the film. Some of those chasms would swallow the largest …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Three Billboards” and “Coco”

    I did manage to catch two films during the Thanksgiving weekend: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Coco.” Both dealt with death, but in very different ways. “Three Billboards” is a very dark revenge film set in a small Missouri town. Frances McDormand is excellent as a bereaved mother determined to track down the murderer …

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