Top 5 Movies of Summer 2019

We are now into the first week of September, and that means that the summer movie season is officially at its end.  But before we look forward to awards season and holiday blockbusters, it’s time to look back on the summer that began with what is now the highest grossing movie of all time, “Avengers: […]

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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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Review: “The Lion King” (2019)

2 out of 5 stars. It only takes a few minutes to realize that something with “The Lion King”—a remake of the 1994 Disney animated classic directed by Jon Favreau—is vastly wrong.  The new movie utilizes cutting edge technology to create photorealistic animal characters, and as beautiful as they look, they serve as a masterclass […]

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Review: “The Dead Don’t Die”

3 out of 5 stars. From the get-go, police officer Ronnie Peterson (played by Adam Driver), tells his colleagues—and the audience—that this story is going to end badly.  The journey to that ending, however, is a light-hearted romp through the zombie apocalypse, told with writer and director Jim Jarmusch’s signature brand of deadpan humor, with […]

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Review: “Midsommar”

3.5 out of 5 stars. In “Midsommar,” very few scenes are set in dark places.  The majority of the film takes place in the bright Swedish summer sunshine, as the members of a commune called the Hårga prepare to celebrate the midsummer solstice.  But writer and director Ari Aster (Hereditary) finds the terror in this […]

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