Review: “Yesterday”

2.5 out of 5 stars. It’s difficult to imagine a world without the Beatles.  Their music has been an integral part of pop culture around the world for decades, their impact and influence on others seemingly never-ending.  But a world without the Beatles is exactly what the movie “Yesterday” tries to imagine, only the premise […]

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Review: “Late Night”

3.5 out of 5 stars. In “Late Night,” Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling both play women who defy those who underestimate.  The film may be a workplace comedy—and a very funny one at that—but it has an important and timely message that reaches far deeper. The movie is directed by Nisha Ganatra from a script […]

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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: “Rocketman”

3.5 out of 5 stars. Biographical movies always play fast and loose with the facts, often shaping and twisting them to fashion a more cinematic story.  “Rocketman,” which tells the story of the life and career of musician Elton John, is no exception.  But “Rocketman,” directed by Dexter Fletcher (who, incidentally, took over directing duties […]

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Netflix Roundup May 2019

Netflix and even other such streaming services like Hulu and Amazon Prime have been churning out so many original movies on a weekly basis, it is sometimes hard to keep track of them all.  Rather than individually review each film, I’ve decided to start doing mini reviews of all the streaming originals I’ve watched in […]

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Review: “Aladdin” (2019)

3.5 out of 5 stars. “A Whole New World,” the duet between Aladdin and Princess Jasmine is one of many favorite music numbers that appear in “Aladdin,” the new live-action remake of the animated Disney classic of the same name.  It isn’t a great descriptor for the film itself, which in many aspects is inferior […]

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Review: “Booksmart”

4.5 out of 5 stars. “Booksmart” is the latest entry in a series of contemporary teen movies seeking to bring a fresher, more honest take and modern sensibilities to a genre that over time can easily become dated.  But thanks to an incredible cast, smart script, and brilliant direction by Olivia Wilde in her directorial […]

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Review: “Tolkien”

2.5 out of 5 stars. J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most renowned writers of all time.  His “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, published in the mid-1950s, set the standard for modern fantasy, and continue to be beloved by fans to this day.  It took an incredible amount of imagination to write […]

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