Review: “The Power of the Dog”

“This is Phil. You’ll meet Benedict later.” That’s the way that Jane Campion, writer and director of “The Power of the Dog,” purportedly introduced the star of her movie to the rest of the cast and crew. Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays sadistic Montana rancher Phil Burbank, apparently remained in character for the entire shoot, and […]

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Review: “The Mauritanian”

In 2016, Mohamedou Ould Salahi was released from Guantanamo Bay Prison after being held for 12 years on suspicion that he was involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but without having any actual charges filed against him. Now, Salahi’s story is brought to life in director Kevin Macdonald’s film “The Mauritanian,” based on Salahi’s memoir […]

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Review: “1917”

5 out of 5 stars. “1917” is a war epic brought down to a more personal level, without sacrificing the scale or horror of said war.  That is thanks to director Sam Mendes and his crew, who adhere to a vision for this story—based on an anecdote told to him by his grandfather, Alfred Mendes—that […]

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Review: “The Current War”

2 out of 5 stars. The story of the war on the currents is actually a very illuminating one (pun intended), although you wouldn’t know it based on “The Current War,” the film from director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon that dramatizes that event, spanning from 1880 to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.  The movie squanders its top-notch […]

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Review: “The Grinch” (2018)

3.5 out of 5 stars. “The Grinch” is a holiday tradition for many, whether it’s watching the classic animated television special, the 2000 live-action adaptation starring Jim Carrey, or reading the original story by Dr. Seuss.  Now, Illumination Entertainment puts their spin on a 3D animated version of the Christmas classic, directed by Yarrow Cheney […]

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