A Magical Misstep
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Despite the presence of several fun new characters, 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' is a low point in J.K. Rowling's ever-expanding Wizarding World franchise.

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Has Magical Mediocrity
Instant Feels?
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‘Instant Family,’ written and directed by Sean Anders, is full of movie tropes I hate, but the thread of truth in the movie makes it a bit more entertaining.

Beware: ‘Instant Family’ just might give you feels
Privacy Agreement
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'A Private War' successfully details the human cost of conflict on those that engage in it, but also amongst those along the fringes.

‘A Private War’ an Emotional Endurance Test
Compassion after
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The charm and power in Boy Erased, written and directed by Joel Edgerton and based on Garrard Conley’s memoir, comes from the hesitations. The movie shows the tentativeness and caution…

‘Boy Erased’ finds compassion after conversion therapy
Salander's Softer Side?
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'The Girl in the Spider's Web' offers mixed results and showcases more touching view of Lisbeth Salander and her dark and complex past.

Mixed Results in ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’
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Dark comedy ‘Arizona’ leaves you wondering what could have been

by Joe Jarosz August 23, 2018 Print Reviews
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Set in the midst of the 2009 housing crisis, this darkly comedic story follows Cassie Fowler, a single mom and struggling realtor whose life goes off the rails when she witnesses a murder.

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The Year of the Dog in ‘Alpha’

by Christian Ramos August 17, 2018 Print Reviews

[Rating: Solid Rock Fist Up] 2018, in the Chinese calendar marks the year of the dog. Those ever loyal, ever fun loving pets that stick by our side and make us feel a little bit better about life. Being the year of the dog, many dog themed movies have been coming out this year, be […]

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‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ Brings the Dirt, and the Muck

by Warren Cantrell August 15, 2018 Print Reviews
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‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ walks the fine line between intriguing and tragic.

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‘The Meg’ and the inherent emptiness of being

by Simon Williams August 9, 2018 Print Reviews
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The film is not good. There is very little good within it. It is not, however, bad. It does not have enough of substance to reach bad. It is uninterested in bad. It transcends this simple human binary. It is merely desolation. It is flavorless gum. It is an empty cardboard box. It is absence in the shape of a film.

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The Pimply Awkwardness of ‘Eighth Grade’

by Christian Ramos August 3, 2018 Print Reviews

‘Eighth Grade’ finds its footing in being a film about Generation Z, a group that have relied on technology to make them feel better about themselves, and one young girl who wants to find her confidence in life.

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Missions Made-to-Please

by Eric Melin July 26, 2018 Print Reviews
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It’s a difficult task to keep viewers connected to a sprawling series and to put together two and a half hours of solid thrills and surprises with a good level of emotional investment in the main character. But that is exactly what ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ has done.

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‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’…and Again and Again

by Christian Ramos July 21, 2018 Print Reviews
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 [Rating: Minor Rock Fist Down]  Things have changed in the last 10 years for movie musicals. Ten years ago at the Academy Awards, Hugh Jackman yelled out “THE MUSICAL IS BACK” and an entire song and dance number with Beyonce followed to prove his point that sometimes, people want to go to a movie musical […]

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‘Leave No Trace’ Leaves a Mark

by Warren Cantrell July 16, 2018 Print Reviews
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A quiet, fragile movie about a family balancing on a knife’s edge, Leave No Trace finds a way to give expression and voice to the invisible bonds that tether loved ones to each other

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‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ Stands Tall

by Warren Cantrell July 13, 2018 Print Reviews
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Gus Van Sant’s unflinching portrait of a sometimes deeply unpleasant person is almost as brave as its subject, side-stepping more obvious and tired tropes of the genre so as to uncover new truths about a few very old topics.

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‘Sorry to Bother You’ Need Not Apologize

by Warren Cantrell July 13, 2018 Print Reviews
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Sorry to Bother You is a timely meditation on class, race, privilege, and the momentum of the masses.

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‘Boundaries’ is a Familiar Family Affair

by Christian Ramos July 6, 2018 Print Reviews

In this cliched road trip dramedy, Christopher Plummer and Vera Farmiga play a father and daughter learning to bond, despite their years of estrangement.

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Fun Family Dysfunction in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

by Eric Melin July 3, 2018 Print Reviews
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Coming after the recent Avengers: Infinity War, where the fate of literally half of the entire universe was at stake, the micro stakes (literally and figuratively) of this film are refreshing.

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The Park is Closed in ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

by Christian Ramos June 21, 2018 Print Reviews

 [Rating: Swiss Fist]  Twenty-five years ago, Jurassic Park was released around the world and quickly became one of the highest-grossing films of all time and changed cinematic technology by bring dinosaurs to life with CGI. Now, numerous mediocre sequels later, another mediocre sequel is brought back from extinction. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (director J.A. Boyona […]

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‘The Seagull’ is Fowl Play

by Christian Ramos June 21, 2018 Print Reviews

An adaptation of a famous Russian play, ‘The Seagull’ never gets off the ground.

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No flat notes in ‘Hearts Beat Loud’

by Joe Jarosz June 13, 2018 Print Reviews
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‘Hearts Beat Loud’ is a candid, sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking look at what it’s like to grow up as a young woman when you’ve lost your mother and your father hasn’t regained the emotional strength to move on.

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