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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Review: “Ant-Man and the Wasp”

3.5 out of 5 stars. “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” the sequel to what is likely the most low-key of all the Marvel films, comes to theaters less than three months after the release of the huge and highly-anticipated “Avengers: Infinity War.”  The latter film was high-stakes and emotionally draining, which is part of the reason […]

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Review: “Deadpool 2”

3.5 out of 5 stars. “Deadpool 2” was at risk of being too much of a good thing.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love “Deadpool,” the hilarious and gory R-rated adaptation of a fan favorite Marvel hero. It’s about as meta as it gets, and lampoons superhero movies- even it’s own movie- with hysterical […]

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Review: “Black Panther”

5 out of 5 stars. Although several superhero films over the past couple years have done different things to make audiences rethink the genre, it’s easy to be inundated with the sameness of the Hollywood blockbuster.  This is especially true of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which found a formula that seems to please audiences and […]

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Review: “Thor: Ragnarok”

4.5 out of 5 stars. I have made no secret of my feelings for Marvel’s “Thor” franchise.  The first “Thor” movie was an elongated trailer for “The Avengers” disguised as a so-so origin story.  Its follow-up, “Thor: The Dark World,” is Marvel’s worst effort, a dark and dingy outing that did no service to the […]

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The 5 Best Movies of the Summer

I’ve been taking a break from watching and reviewing current films for a bit, as we ease out of summer and into fall.  This time of year is one of the slowest for big movie releases, but even this summer at its peak was one of the slowest ones box office-wise in recent memory.  Despite […]

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Review: “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

4 out of 5 stars. The number of film incarnations of “Spider-Man” to come out in the last 15 years, regardless of what you think of them, is ridiculous.  In “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Tom Holland becomes the third actor to take on the role of the web-slinging hero in a live-action movie, following on the heels of […]

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