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Friday, November 9, 2018

Movie Reviews: Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, The Girl in the Spider's Web, Overlord

What They Had, Wildlife
A new version of a classic tale, a new adventure for a literary character and Nazi zombies take over multiplexes this week. Claire Foy takes over the role of dragon-tattooed Lisbeth Salander in the generic espionage thriller The Girl in the Spider's Web.  Actor Paul Dano shows impressive chops in his directing debut Wildlife, even if the concept feels fundamentally literary.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Movie Reviews: Bohemian Rhapsody, Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Suspiria

Beautiful Boy, Nobody's Fool, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Yes, it's already time for holiday movies, as Disney re-imagines The Nutcracker, plus a few fact-based stories and one crazy-ass remake. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (pictured) adapts the familiar story into a hero-journey spectacle that never quite achieves the magic it aims for.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Movie Reviews: Hunter Killer, Johnny English Strikes Again, Mid90s

The Happy Prince, All About Nina
The pre-Halloween weekend offers mostly minor releases, including a submarine thriller, the return of a bumbling British super-spy and a nostalgic tale of 1990s skate punks. The coming-of-age drama Mid90s manages individual effective scenes that never add up to an actual movie.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Movie Reviews: Halloween, The Hate U Give, The Oath, Free Solo, Tea With the Dames

Scary stuff like institutional racism, rope-free mountain-climbing and masked killer Michael Myers is on the menu for a late October weekend in local theaters. The documentary Free Solo proves breathtaking not just in capturing daredevil mountain-climbing, but in crafting a fascinating character study.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Movie Reviews: First Man, Bad Times at the El Royale, Goosebumps 2

Jane and Emma, Colette, The Old Man & the Gun, The Sisters Brothers, Gosnell
Local theaters get a full slate of new releases, from kid-friendly scares to faith-based drama, to the (perhaps) acting farewell of a legend. Bad Times at the El Royale (pictured) revives the twisty-jokey thriller conceit of mid-'90s Tarantino clones, but without a moral compass.  Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween offers moderately diverting matinee fodder that's much more Hollywood than it is R.L. Stine.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Movie Reviews: Venom, A Star Is Born, Monsters and Men

A thin week for new releases is dominated by one oddball comic-book adventure, and the latest remake of a classic love story.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Movie Reviews: Night School, Smallfoot, Little Women, Blaze

Hell Fest, Pick of the Litter, The Children Act
Awards-season movies start arriving next week, but the end of September finds a cabinet-cleaning of animated musical, low-budget horror and a contemporary adaptation of a beloved classic. Smallfoot offers a surprising challenge to fear-based religious dogma in a cheery animated package.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Movie Reviews: The House With a Clock In Its Walls, Life Itself, Fahrenheit 11/9, Lizzie

Lore, Assassination Nation, Let the Corpses Tan and more
It's a weekend jam-packed with new releases, including Michael Moore's latest documentary, several creepy tales ahead of Halloween season and a mind-bogglingly misguided romantic drama. In Fahrenheit 11/9 (pictured), Michael Moore offers a surprising balance of hope and misery from the Trump Era.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Movie Reviews: The Predator, A Simple Favor, Mandy, White Boy Rick, The Wife

Unbroken: Path to Redemption, Where Hands Touch, American Chaos
The September dumping ground sees a full slate of releases, from alien carnage to inspirational drama to Nicolas Cage at his Nicolas Cage-iest. Shane Black's The Predator over-complicates the concepts simple alien-chase appeal.  Unbroken: Path to Redemption continues the Louis Zamperini story with a second half just as incomplete as the first.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Movie Reviews: Peppermint, The Nun, Custody, We the Animals

A grieving mother and a demonic sister do some killin' in this week's multiplex offerings, while art-house fare includes a contemplative queer coming-of-age drama. Jennifer Garner (pictured) transforms from suburban mom to badass angel of vengeance in Peppermint, which never bothers to explain how.

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