Review: “Downton Abbey”

3.5 out of 5 stars. There’s always something comforting about returning to something familiar.  Such is the case with “Downton Abbey,” the film based on the British television series of the same name.  Broadcast in the U.S. as part of Masterpiece Theatre, series creator Julian Fellowes launched “Downton Abbey” in 2010.  The show, which follows […]

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Review: “Hustlers”

4 out of 5 stars. In “Hustlers,” the drama written and directed by Lorene Scafaria and based on the 2015 New York Magazine article titled “The Hustlers at Scores,” there are absolutely zero significant male characters.  Not since 1939’s “The Women” can I think of any other film that has managed to tell a purely […]

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Review: “It Chapter 2”

2 out of 5 stars. There is such a thing as being too ambitious.  It’s a line that “It,” the 2017 film based on part of Stephen King’s classic horror novel, dances along but never fully crosses.  But the second half of the story, “It Chapter 2,” is a nearly three-hour long story that tries […]

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Review: “The Farewell”

4.5 out of 5 stars. In America, one’s life is one’s own.  But in China, one’s life is a part of something bigger.  This cultural divide is a major player in “The Farewell,” a comedy/drama written and directed by Lula Wang, based on a story from her own life.  It’s a story that’s simultaneously light […]

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