Netflix Roundup May 2019

Netflix and even other such streaming services like Hulu and Amazon Prime have been churning out so many original movies on a weekly basis, it is sometimes hard to keep track of them all.  Rather than individually review each film, I’ve decided to start doing mini reviews of all the streaming originals I’ve watched in […]

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Review: “Aladdin” (2019)

3.5 out of 5 stars. “A Whole New World,” the duet between Aladdin and Princess Jasmine is one of many favorite music numbers that appear in “Aladdin,” the new live-action remake of the animated Disney classic of the same name.  It isn’t a great descriptor for the film itself, which in many aspects is inferior […]

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Review: “Booksmart”

4.5 out of 5 stars. “Booksmart” is the latest entry in a series of contemporary teen movies seeking to bring a fresher, more honest take and modern sensibilities to a genre that over time can easily become dated.  But thanks to an incredible cast, smart script, and brilliant direction by Olivia Wilde in her directorial […]

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Review: “Tolkien”

2.5 out of 5 stars. J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most renowned writers of all time.  His “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, published in the mid-1950s, set the standard for modern fantasy, and continue to be beloved by fans to this day.  It took an incredible amount of imagination to write […]

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Review: “Long Shot”

4 out of 5 stars. At first glance, Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen seem to be an unusual pairing.  Their unexpected chemistry plays a large part in “Long Shot,” a romantic comedy in which Theron plays powerful and elegant Secretary of State Charlotte Field and Rogen plays awkward and funny journalist Fred Flarsky.  They unexpectedly […]

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Review: “Avengers: Endgame”

3 out of 5 stars. “Whatever it takes.” That’s the Avengers’ promise to each other to do what needs to be done to reverse Thanos’ devastating actions at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War.”  But that can seemingly also be applied to Marvel Studios’ and directors Joe and Anthony Russo’s approach to pulling out all […]

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Review: “Pet Sematary” (2019)

2 out of 5 stars. Buried somewhere within “Pet Sematary,” there’s an interesting commentary on dealing with death and the fear of dying.  But the film, which is based on the classic Stephen King novel and was adapted once before for film in 1989, doesn’t begin to unleash its full potential until the last 25 […]

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