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12 Strong (2018)

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12 Strong (2018)

If you are an individual who his absolutely hell-bent on viewing America’s conflict in Afghanistan as a patriotic – or even holy – crusade against the tyranny of evil men then you could probably do worse than a movie like 12 Strong.  Movies chronicling the highs and lows of America’s longest war are a dime […]

| January 18, 2018
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Proud Mary (2018)

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Proud Mary (2018)

I’m always a little suspicious when a movie studio tries to hide its product.  When critics have difficulty seeing a film in time to meet their deadlines, it invariably has nothing to do with PR and everything to do with the fact that the distributers are likely hiding damaged goods.  I was curious about this […]

| January 11, 2018
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The Commuter (2018)

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The Commuter (2018)

The Commuter is a bait-and-switch action picture that’s got good bait and a very weak switch.  You’ve already seen this movie.  Trust me, dear reader.  You’ve been through the paces.  Even if you’re not accustomed to attending Liam Neeson’s endless string of identi-kit January action butt-kickers like Flight Plan, Non-Stop, Unknown, Run All Night and […]

| January 11, 2018
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Justice League (2017)

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Justice League (2017)

How can I possibly resist a movie that employs a line like “Where . . . Is . . . My . . . Mother Box!!?”  I can assure you, this line of dialogue sounds just as ridiculous in context as it does out. I wish I could say that the rest of Justice League […]

| November 16, 2017
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Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

One of the things that I really wanted from the new Spider-Man movie was a fresh approach.  Please, oh please – I screamed quietly to myself – don’t tell his origin story again . . . not again!  My exasperation is due in part to the fact that this is yet another reboot.  There is […]

| July 8, 2017
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Baby Driver (2017)

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Baby Driver (2017)

For a young fellow like Baby, music is the milk of life.  Mixed and remixed, culled from the ambient noise of human motion and refitted into a soundtrack that guides his every step and every action, life has a rhythm and a composition that he will not deny himself.  When he walks down the street, […]

| June 28, 2017
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Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

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Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

Three years ago, when I wrote my review of Transformers: Age of Extinction, I reported afterwards – with a bit of personal curiosity and subconscious pride – that during the third act, I began to daydream about things that had nothing to do with the movie.  I figure it was my brain’s natural resistance to […]

| June 20, 2017
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Wonder Woman (2017)

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Wonder Woman (2017)

Think of this as Wonder Woman: The First Avenger. Once you’ve seen this movie and soaked in its pleasures, I don’t think you’ll disagree.  Wonder Woman, for much of its running time ebbs so close to the form and spirit of the first Captain America movie that you’ll wonder if the events of that movie […]

| June 1, 2017
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