Suspenseful ‘The Guilty’
Posted 2 weeks ago

Sweden's official entry into the upcoming Oscar race 'The Guilty' takes hard look at heroism in tense, subtle thriller.

‘The Guilty’ a minimalist masterclass in tension
Surface-level ‘Green Book’
Posted 3 weeks ago

'Green Book' is an enjoyable film with solid acting, but it brings up a lot of big questions it doesn't bother to answer.

‘Green Book’ has chemistry but could go deeper
Disney's Done it Again
Posted 3 weeks ago

'Ralph Breaks the Internet', Disney's first sequel in nearly two decades, is full of nostalgia, tech-savvy surprises, and heart.

No Clickbait with ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’
A Magical Misstep
Posted 4 weeks ago

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?
Posted 4 weeks ago

‘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
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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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‘Incredibles 2’ Amplifies Everything From Predecessor, Mostly for Better

by Eric Melin June 12, 2018 Print Reviews
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‘Incredibles 2’ sports inventive choreography, amazing animation detail, and stylish production design that beg to be seen on the big screen. It’s recycled main conflict is the only thing keeping it from being a stone-cold classic.

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‘Ocean’s 8’ Is A Good Old-Fashioned Heist Thriller

by Christian Ramos June 7, 2018 Print Reviews

‘Ocean’s 8’ provides thrills and delight in this new heist film with an all-star cast that even you would be okay stealing from you.

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SIFF 2018: ‘Susu’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell June 4, 2018 Print Reviews
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Hampered by characters that don’t make a lot of sense, a story that is a predictable, convoluted mess, and acting that wouldn’t pass muster in a traveling U.S.O. company, ‘Susu’ does just about everything wrong.

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‘Adrift’ Barely Stays Afloat

by Christian Ramos June 1, 2018 Print Reviews

‘Adrift’ finds two lovers stranded in the Pacific Ocean with only their love, stamina and a damaged boat keeping them alive.

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SIFF 2018: ‘Every Act of Life’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell May 31, 2018 Print Reviews
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A touching tribute to a true titan of American theatre, ‘Every Act of Life’ is a fine documentary whose only real failing is a reluctance to challenge its subject or the viewer.

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Broken Dreams Growing Strong in ‘The Rider’

by Christian Ramos May 31, 2018 Print Reviews

‘The Rider’ is a slow trot through broken dreams resolved by hope and friendship.

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SIFF 2018: ‘Return to Mount Kennedy’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell May 30, 2018 Print Reviews
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‘Return to Mount Kennedy’ simultaneously finds a way to relay an old story about American royalty while fleshing out one man’s journey to reinvent himself and reconcile the self-harvested demons of his past.

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Good/Bad News: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ is a Throwback

by Eric Melin May 24, 2018 Print Reviews
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The best—and worst thing—you can say about Solo: A Star Wars Story is that it is a fun throwback.

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SIFF 2018: ‘Afghan Cycles’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell May 24, 2018 Print Reviews
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Thematically inconsistent at times, there’s two portions of ‘Afghan Cycles’: both of them considerate, important, and very well made.

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SIFF 2018: ‘Sadie’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell May 21, 2018 Print Reviews
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‘Sadie’ is a film about a small community whose children are a litmus test for a bigger world moving in a dark direction.

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Sex, Love and ‘Disobedience’

by Christian Ramos May 18, 2018 Print Reviews

In ‘Disobedience’ two Rachels, Weisz and McAdams, find themselves in a forbidden romance that test their communities religious morals.

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SIFF 2018: ‘The Russian Five’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell May 17, 2018 Print Reviews
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‘The Russian Five’ is an engaging peek behind professional hockey’s iron curtain, and is stocked full of laughs, tears, blood, and stitches.

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