Review: “Spider-Man: Far From Home”

WARNING: As “Spider-Man: Far From Home” deals directly with the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” this review discusses some plot details from “Endgame.” If you still haven’t seen it, read this review—and watch “Far From Home—at your own risk. 3 out of 5 stars. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” has the misfortune of being the first movie […]

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Review: “Dark Phoenix”

2 out of 5 stars. 2019 is the year that many iconic pop culture franchises are coming to a conclusion.  But while 20th Century Fox’s live-action “X-Men” series has been around for longer than most of them—almost 20 years, in fact—it feels less like a bittersweet farewell and more like a sigh of relief to […]

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Review: “Shazam!”

3 out of 5 stars. If “Aquaman” was lauded as the current DC cinematic universe’s first real foray into more light-hearted fare, then “Shazam!” takes it to a whole new level.  The film based on the comic book superhero originally known as Captain Marvel is more a comedy than anything else, with eye-popping visuals and […]

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Review: “Captain Marvel”

3.5 out of 5 stars. Warning: This review contains some plot details from “Captain Marvel.” In “Captain Marvel,” Carol Danvers is the hero of her own story.  Despite being a mere month and a half away from “Avengers: Endgame,” “Captain Marvel” is the rare MCU film that stands on its own, and doesn’t have any […]

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Review: “Cold Pursuit”

2.5 out of 5 stars. It’s easy to settle into “Cold Pursuit” expecting it to be little more than the usual Liam Neeson-driven revenge thriller that seems to pop into theaters around this time every year.  But while the film, which is directed by Hans Petter Moland and is a remake of his 2014 Norwegian […]

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Review: “Glass”

2 out of 5 stars. You truly never know what you’re going to get with M. Night Shyamalan.  His 2000 film “Unbreakable” and 2016 film “Split” are two decent movies that bookend a particularly awful period in the director’s career.  Both those films combine in the new movie “Glass,” the conclusion to Shyamalan’s long-simmering trilogy, […]

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Review: “Aquaman”

3.5 out of 5 stars. We all know that Warner Brothers’ DC cinematic universe hasn’t been all that successful thus far, and that the vast majority of the films in the series have had both visually and thematically dark tones.  So it was an interesting choice for the studio to go with Aquaman—traditionally a very […]

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Review: “Bumblebee”

4 out of 5 stars. I never thought I’d willingly watch another “Transformers” movie, much less enjoy it.  But that’s exactly what happened with “Bumblebee,” an attempt to reset the franchise based on the popular 80s toy line by bringing the story back to the beginning.  While it has all the action and special effects […]

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