Review: “Captain Marvel”

3.5 out of 5 stars. Warning: This review contains some plot details from “Captain Marvel.” In “Captain Marvel,” Carol Danvers is the hero of her own story.  Despite being a mere month and a half away from “Avengers: Endgame,” “Captain Marvel” is the rare MCU film that stands on its own, and doesn’t have any […]

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Review: “Cold Pursuit”

2.5 out of 5 stars. It’s easy to settle into “Cold Pursuit” expecting it to be little more than the usual Liam Neeson-driven revenge thriller that seems to pop into theaters around this time every year.  But while the film, which is directed by Hans Petter Moland and is a remake of his 2014 Norwegian […]

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Review: “Glass”

2 out of 5 stars. You truly never know what you’re going to get with M. Night Shyamalan.  His 2000 film “Unbreakable” and 2016 film “Split” are two decent movies that bookend a particularly awful period in the director’s career.  Both those films combine in the new movie “Glass,” the conclusion to Shyamalan’s long-simmering trilogy, […]

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Review: “Aquaman”

3.5 out of 5 stars. We all know that Warner Brothers’ DC cinematic universe hasn’t been all that successful thus far, and that the vast majority of the films in the series have had both visually and thematically dark tones.  So it was an interesting choice for the studio to go with Aquaman—traditionally a very […]

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Review: “Bumblebee”

4 out of 5 stars. I never thought I’d willingly watch another “Transformers” movie, much less enjoy it.  But that’s exactly what happened with “Bumblebee,” an attempt to reset the franchise based on the popular 80s toy line by bringing the story back to the beginning.  While it has all the action and special effects […]

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Review: “Creed II”

4.5 out of 5 stars. One of the things that made “Creed” such a success is that it was a simple but heartfelt underdog story, not unlike the original “Rocky” film that kicked off the franchise. “Creed II” takes a slightly different approach, in that Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of boxer Apollo […]

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Review: “Widows”

2.5 out of 5 stars. “Widows” is a film that has everything going for it. It’s directed by Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) with a screenplay co-written by McQueen and “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn. It has a stellar ensemble cast, including the likes of Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Daniel Kaluuya, Michelle Rodriguez, and […]

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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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