Review: “First Man”

3.5 out of 5 stars. The first man to walk on the moon.  As far as real life space stories go, it doesn’t get any bigger than that.  And yet director Damien Chazelle’s new film “First Man,” which details astronaut Neil Armstrong’s life and career from his entry into the space program at NASA to […]

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Review: “Venom”

2 out of 5 stars. “Venom” is an awful movie.  It’s so mind-numbingly stupid, it’s difficult to believe that it was made with (likely) all seriousness.  But there’s something so wacky in the film’s violence and humor, in addition to a strong lead performance by Tom Hardy, that it enters the realm of movies that […]

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Review: “A Simple Favor”

3.5 out of 5 stars. Stephanie and Emily couldn’t be more different.  Stephanie is an upbeat suburban mommy vlogger who wears demure sweaters and obsessively participates in every activity in her son’s first-grade class.  Emily is barely around for her son; she has a high-profile public relations job in the city.  She’s foul-mouthed, drinks a […]

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Review: “Searching”

4.5 out of 5 stars. On the surface, “Searching” is the story of a father looking for his missing daughter, but the real horror isn’t so much the mystery as it is the role technology plays in our lives.  For his feature film debut, director Aneesh Chaganty shot “Searching” entirely through small screens.  The characters […]

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5 Best Movies of Summer 2018

When I have reflected on summer movies in past years, I’ve always found it hard to pick the best ones from the films I’ve seen, usually because there aren’t more than a couple that I believed were truly great.  This year, however, my top five list was hard to narrow down because there were so […]

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“BlackkKlansman”

4.5 out of 5 stars. Spike Lee’s new joint, “BlackkKlansman,” opens with a scene from the fictional 1939 film “Gone with the Wind,” and closes with very real video clips from the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.  While the story the film has to tell surrounds Ron Stallworth, a black Colorado Springs […]

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Review: “Crazy Rich Asians”

4 out of 5 stars. “Crazy Rich Asians” is the first film produced by a Hollywood studio to boast an all-Asian principal cast in 25 years.  They are a minority who are often either grossly under-represented, or poorly represented, in major American films.  And while “Crazy Rich Asians,” which is based on the novel of […]

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Review: “The Meg”

3 out of 5 stars. Thanks to the Syfy Channel and the “Sharknado” movies, we’re living in a new golden age of cheesy monster flicks, and as evidenced by the popularity of these low-budget movies, the more far-fetched and, quite frankly, intentionally bad, the better.  Big budget Hollywood films that are released in theaters are usually […]

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