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Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

The Loudest Voice: Review of Showtime’s seven-part miniseries about the late Fox News exec.

June 20, 2019

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There’s nothing subtle about this look at Roger Ailes. But, really, should there be?

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Toy Story 4

June 19, 2019

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What a way to go (out).

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Men in Black: International

June 12, 2019

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Oh, I dunno. There’s nothing inherently terrible about this calculated installment of what was originally an inspired treat. But there’s nothing particularly fun or exciting, either. Which leaves us kind of hanging there, suspended in, in this case, literal animation.

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Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese.

June 10, 2019

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Don’t even try to get your bearings in this look back at the legendary tour Bob Dylan led across America in 1975. Scorsese, whose dazzling documentaries have looked at creativity in a pretty linear way, goes full Dylan here. As much as the iconic musician loves to play with expected norms, Scorsese not only allows that, but plays along, making us want to go ‘wow’ and ‘huh?’ at the same time.

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Dark Phoenix.

June 5, 2019

Dark Pheonix

What a dismal piece of business this is! While Simon Kinberg’s chapter of the X-Men saga taps a lot of the familiar notes, this barely memorable slog feels obligatory, a weak step toward the new and hopefully more exciting future.

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Rocketman

May 28, 2019

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Now this is my idea of a rock star biography. Flamboyant and fun, featuring dramatically aligned hit musical numbers, this toe-tapper never forgets the complicated soul of its you-thought-you-knew-him subject.

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Booksmart

May 21, 2019

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Olivia Wilde’s coming of ager is full of heart, lol laughs and, not so coincidentally, smarts.

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The Sun is Also a Star

May 15, 2019

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Nicola Yoon’s acclaimed best seller hits the screen as a savvy and potent modern day romance.

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The White Crow

May 10, 2019

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Not as captivating as it should be, this look at Rudolf Nureyev’s defection still tells an interesting story.

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Dead To Me.

May 8, 2019

Dead to Me

This thinly layered plot twister is kept very much alive by its snappy pacing and two terrific leading actresses.

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