Movie Reviews

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V.27 No.46 | 11/15/2018
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

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Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

You’re a mediocre one, Mr. Grinch

With nothing fresh or original or particularly clever to add to what already exists, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is like that Christmas sweater you get every year from your aunt.
V.27 No.45 | 11/8/2018
“Nope, still not drunk enough.”

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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

F is for Fraudulence

When you look at it in a certain light, all authors are liars, but there’s also something rebellious and cheeky about it and it’s this morally ambiguous middle-ground that Can You Ever Forgive Me? finds so fertile.
V.27 No.44 | 11/1/2018
Suspiria

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Suspiria

Remake of cult horror classic engages in mesmerizing, confounding dance of death

Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria remake is ravishing, challenging, dark, erotic, gruesome, punishing and pretentious all at once—the sort of film that neatly divides audiences into “didn’t get it” and “gotta see it again to figure it all out” camps.
V.27 No.43 | 10/25/2018
Halloween

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Halloween

Familiar fright film comes out slashing

Halloween has got energy, style, a couple of fresh ideas and a bunch of gruesome murders. It’s good, all right; but it’s not great. Should it be? Does it have to be?
V.27 No.42 | 10/18/2018
“Don’t want none? Don’t start none!”

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Black ’47

Bloody revenge saga is more folk ballad than history lesson

Looked on less as a rigorous historical account and more as a blood-soaked folk tale told around a flickering tavern fireplace, Black ’47 makes for one rousing cinematic yarn.
V.27 No.41 | 10/11/2018
The Old Man & The Gun

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The Old Man & The Gun

Real life bank heist flick gets a senior discount

The Old Man & The Gun is an affable, sedentary tale of a likable old rogue—a sort of Catch Me If You Can for the AARP set—but it’s not the sort of film you can get excited about.
V.27 No.40 | 10/4/2018
No “Bad Romance” for Cooper and Gaga

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A Star is Born

A star is rebooted in familiar musical melodrama

This tale of a faded musical icon who discovers a talented young ingénue, mentors her, falls in love and then becomes despondent when her star eclipses his own is a familiar cliché. Thankfully, the 2018 revamp of the age-old entertainment industry story offers up a respectable number of un-guilty pleasures before succumbing to its manipulative emotions and unabashedly old-fashioned drama.
V.27 No.39 | 9/27/2018
Blaze

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Blaze

Musical biopic sings a sad, romantic song

Blaze is lovingly handcrafted film that should appeal to those who just like to hear a sad, sad song once in a while.

V.27 No.38 | 9/20/2018
We the Animals

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We The Animals

Coming-of-age drama paints impressionistic portrait of preteen life

We the Animals speaks to both the resiliency and the impressionability of youth, with raw performances from the actors and symbol-laden cinematography that weaves a primal world of earth, water, leaves and rain.
V.27 No.37 | 9/13/2018
“… And I say 102 Dalmatians is the best Glenn Close performance to date!”

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The Wife

The family that writes together fights together in A-list acting display

They say that, “behind every great man there is a great woman.” That axiom gets taken apart like a Swiss watch and examined under the loupe in the high-class literary drama/handcrafted Oscar bait The Wife.
V.27 No.36 | 9/6/2018
Madeline's Madeline

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Madeline’s Madeline

Teenage girl is having an art attack in theatrical indie

We’re all actors, Madeline's Madeline seems to imply, acting as ourselves.
V.27 No.35 | 8/30/2018
Far From the Tree

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Far From the Tree

Documentary addresses the difficulty of “different” families

How do families deal with children who are very different from them? That’s the probing premise behind Rachel Dretzin’s honest and empathetic documentary Far From the Tree.
V.27 No.34 | 8/23/2018
Papillon

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Papillon

New take on famed French tale of prison life can’t escape the past

Despite the inadvisability of taking another run at 1973’s highly regarded, Academy Award-nominated Papillon, someone has gone and done just that.

V.27 No.33 | 8/16/2018
Never Goin' Back

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Never Goin’ Back

Teenage stoner comedy lets the ladies do the dirty work for a change

Whether you find Never Goin’ Back a hilarious tribute to the wild shenanigans of youth or a depressing wake-up call about the horrors of the Millennial Generation may depend largely on your age group.
V.27 No.32 | 8/9/2018
Who’s hungry for seafood?

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The Meg

Wait 20 minutes after eating to view this movie

The Meg is nature disaster monster movie fare at its biggest, loudest and silliest.