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Friday, June 14, 2019

Movie Reviews: Men In Black International, Shaft, Late Night, The Dead Don't Die

American Woman, The Outsider
It's franchise revival time at the multiplexes, plus a Sundance crowd-pleaser and the latest from an indie-film icon. American Woman *** If you can get through the first 30 minutes, you’ll find the last 80 rewarding.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Movie Reviews: Dark Phoenix, The Secret Life of Pets 2, All Is True

Fast Color, The Tomorrow Man, The Souvenir
All Is True ** See feature review. Opens June 7 at Broadway Centre Cinemas and Megaplex Legacy Crossing .

Friday, May 31, 2019

Movie Reviews: Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Ma, Rocketman, Non-Fiction

Godzilla: King of the Monsters  *1/2 There are people, I’m certain, for whom the idea of giant CGI beasts destroying real-looking cityscapes is more appealing than guys in rubber suits destroying obvious scale models—but I am not one of them. This direct follow-up to Gareth Edwards’ stylish 2014 Godzilla finds a pair of once-married, emotionally-scarred scientists (Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga) on opposite sides of a kaiju-riffic war for the future of the planet, with their daughter (Millie Bobby Brown) caught in the middle.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Movie Reviews: Aladdin, Booksmart, Brightburn, Photograph

The White Crow, The Biggest Little Farm
Aladdin *1/2 Disney’s current chore of mounting l ive-action remakes of all of its animated films continues to prove mostly an exercise in pointlessness and frustration with this second of its redos of the 1990s Disney Renaissance musicals. This new Aladdin lacks the charm of the original animated version, and—worse than 2017’s Beauty and the Beast—it cannot even seem to decide if it’s a musical or not, with characters awkwardly breaking into stilted snippets of song at random intervals in a way seemingly designed to ensure that there’s no melodic flow, no tripping the light fantastic.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Movie Reviews: John Wick Chapter 3, The Sun Is Also a Star, A Dog's Journey

Trial By Fire, Sauvage/Wild, Wild Nights With Emily
A Dog’s Journey ** It’s The Movie.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Avengers: Endgame and the Three-Hour Quest for Oscar Recognition

Does an epic running time increase the odds of a Best Picture nomination?
It’s becoming something of an annual tradition now: A mainstream blockbuster does big numbers, and people start talking about whether it has a chance at a Best Picture nomination.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Movie Reviews: Her Smell, Avengers: Endgame, The Family, Peterloo

The grand culmination of a decade of Marvel Cinematic Universe films dominates at the box office, but don't miss one of the year's best films sneaking in under the radar.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Movie Review - Avengers: Endgame

The Marvel Cinematic Universe finally gets to have some semblance of a conclusion.
There is, of course, also a climactic battle royale, one that allows for plenty of characters to get their showcase scenes inspiring giddy squeals—even if some of those scenes seem particularly pandering.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Movie Reviews: The Curse of La Llorona, Penguins, Amazing Grace, High Life

Penguins, Teen Spirit, Little Woods
Amazing Grace **** It’s too bad Amazing Grace, the documentary of the recording of Aretha Franklin’s landmark 1972 gospel album of the same name, wasn’t available when I was young. I could have stuck it in the VCR, watched the Lord’s work and been redeemed.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Cliffs of Freedom: The struggle to tell the story of Greeks fighting for independence

Director Van Ling on the long road from idea to theaters
Van Ling realizes that he's not the likeliest person to bring a story about the 19th century Greek War of Independence to the screen. An American of mostly Chinese descent, he says, "I'm about as removed from the Greek experience as anyone could be."

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