• 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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  • This Week’s Review: “Solo”

    I started the Memorial Day weekend with “Solo,” the newest “Star Wars” prequel; I have to say that last year’s “Rogue One” was better. I enjoyed most of “Solo,” but I came away dissatisfied. I know there were problems throughout the production of the film. I can’t blame the cast, even though Woody Harrelson was …

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  • This Week’s Review: No-Show

    Brace yourself; It has been a few months since I have fussed about the low level of service at local theaters and I have lulled myself into a false sense of security. When things go bad at a megaplex, the results are horrendous. I did not have a chance to visit a megaplex the weekend …

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  • This Week’s Review: A Re-Run

    There were no new films for which I felt the slightest attraction on the weekend of May 12, so I decided to refresh my memory of “Avengers: Infinity War.” It was a good way to unwind from the tensions generated by those pesky final examinations, and it was useful in that I caught several lines …

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  • This Week’s Review: Final’s Week

    My schedule for the weekend of May 5 was more hectic than usual, and Hollywood did not offer up anything new that piqued my interest. So, I decided to stay home and gird myself for the battles known locally as “final examinations.” Things will soon improve; “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is almost on the horizon.

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  • This Week’s Review: “Avengers: Infinity War”

    All I can say about “Avengers: Infinity War” is that it more than lived up to the hype. I am still reeling from the onslaught on my senses. I certainly plan to see it again, and as quickly as possible. I have seen some reviews that complained about “too many characters, etc., etc.,” but those …

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  • This Week’s Review: “A Quiet Place”

    There were no new films of interest for the weekend of April 21, so I chose “A Quiet Place.” When I first heard the title, I assumed that it would be a film about a nice, quiet library or some similar haven for harried souls, but the trailers convinced me otherwise. It is an exercise …

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  • 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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