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: “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: “Justice League”

2.5 out of 5 stars. Let’s start with the good news: “Justice League” is not the worst movie in the DC cinematic universe.  It definitely surpasses “Batman v. Superman” (which it is in many ways a direct sequel to) and the horrid “Suicide Squad.”  The bad news: saying a movie is better than “Suicide Squad” […]

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The 5 Best Movies of the Summer

I’ve been taking a break from watching and reviewing current films for a bit, as we ease out of summer and into fall.  This time of year is one of the slowest for big movie releases, but even this summer at its peak was one of the slowest ones box office-wise in recent memory.  Despite […]

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Review: “Wonder Woman” (2017)

4.5 out of 5 stars. “Wonder Woman” is the most important blockbuster movie of the year; actually, it’s one of the most important movies not just of 2017 in general, but in recent years.  Film and television mediums have been dominated in recent years by superhero movies, but from Marvel’s now-massive cinematic universe to the […]

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Review: “The Lego Batman Movie”

5 out of 5 stars. In 2014, “The Lego Movie” delighted critics and audiences, though not exactly in the way most people expected.  It wasn’t just an irreverent, fast-paced adventure that’s enjoyable for both kids and kids-at-heart; at the end it revealed a beautiful, moving message that elevated the material beyond typical family fare.  In […]

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Review: “Suicide Squad”

1 out of 5 stars. Remember when “Batman V. Superman” came out and we all complained about how dark it was, and got excited when Warner Brothers’ next DC film, “Suicide Squad,” promised to be a lot more light-hearted and fun? Yeah, well, it’s not. And while “Batman V. Superman” did have its good parts, […]

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