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Friday, August 16, 2019

Movie Reviews: Angry Birds Movie 2, Blinded By the Light, Good Boys

Ode to Joy, Honeyland, Mike Wallace is Here, Where'd You Go Bernadette
47 Meters Down: Uncaged [not yet reviewed] Young divers face a man-eating threat in an underwater cave system.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Movie Reviews: The Kitchen, Brian Banks, The Art of Racing in the Rain

Dora and the Lost City of Gold, The Peanut Butter Falcon, ECCO, Them That Follow
The Art of Racing in the Rain **1/2 Life is a lot like racing cars, as you know if you read Garth Stein’s dependably sappy novel on which this movie is based. The adaptation, directed by Simon Curtis (Goodbye Christopher Robin) from Mark Bomback’s faithfully-translated screenplay, shares all the same folksy, New Age-y life lessons (which range from profound to silly) while relating the story of a Seattle race car driver (Milo Ventimiglia), his wife (Amanda Seyfried), their little girl (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) and the melodramatic ups and downs of their lives—all told from the perspective of their golden retriever, Enzo, who’s voiced by Kevin Costner.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

"The Peanut Butter Falcon" co-directors Tyler Nilson and Mike Schwartz

The unique challenges of building a feel-good film around a lead actor with a disability
The Peanut Butter Falcon tells the story of a 20-year-old man with Down syndrome named Zak (Zack Gottsagen) who winds up on the road through North Carolina's Outer Banks with troubled ex-fisherman Tyler (Shia LaBeouf) to pursue Zak's dream of becoming a professional wrestler.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Movie Reviews: Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood, The Farewell, Sword of Trust

Shadow, The Fighting Preacher
The Farewell *** Writer/director Lulu Wang’s semi-autobiographical story may ultimately be more emotionally satisfying than it is insightful, but she certainly pours freely from the fountain of emotional satisfaction.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Movie Reviews: Crawl, Stuber, Wild Rose, Stockholm

The Fall of the American Empire, Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable
Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable **1/2 More movies about sporty thrill-seeking girls and women, please: This new documentary about professional surfer Bethany Hamilton is very welcome. Aggressive, competitive and driven, Hamilton has been a powerful role model since bouncing back from the horrific injury she suffered as a serious-amateur teen, when, at 13, she lost her left arm to a tiger shark.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Movie Reviews: Yesterday, Annabelle Comes Home, Ophelia

The Other Side of Heaven 2, Echo in the Canyon
Annabelle Comes Home **1/2 Annabelle Comes Home is a sequel to Annabelle (a bad movie), which spawned prequel Annabelle: Creation (a good movie); all the Annabelles spin off from James Wan’s The Conjuring series.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Chucky 101

Watching all the killer doll movies for the first time wasn't exactly Child's Play.
I'd never seen a single one of them—until this month, leading up to the release of a remake of the original film.

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.

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