Review: “The Lion King” (2019)

2 out of 5 stars. It only takes a few minutes to realize that something with “The Lion King”—a remake of the 1994 Disney animated classic directed by Jon Favreau—is vastly wrong.  The new movie utilizes cutting edge technology to create photorealistic animal characters, and as beautiful as they look, they serve as a masterclass […]

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Review: “The Dead Don’t Die”

3 out of 5 stars. From the get-go, police officer Ronnie Peterson (played by Adam Driver), tells his colleagues—and the audience—that this story is going to end badly.  The journey to that ending, however, is a light-hearted romp through the zombie apocalypse, told with writer and director Jim Jarmusch’s signature brand of deadpan humor, with […]

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Review: “Midsommar”

3.5 out of 5 stars. In “Midsommar,” very few scenes are set in dark places.  The majority of the film takes place in the bright Swedish summer sunshine, as the members of a commune called the Hårga prepare to celebrate the midsummer solstice.  But writer and director Ari Aster (Hereditary) finds the terror in this […]

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Review: “Spider-Man: Far From Home”

WARNING: As “Spider-Man: Far From Home” deals directly with the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” this review discusses some plot details from “Endgame.” If you still haven’t seen it, read this review—and watch “Far From Home—at your own risk. 3 out of 5 stars. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” has the misfortune of being the first movie […]

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Review: “Yesterday”

2.5 out of 5 stars. It’s difficult to imagine a world without the Beatles.  Their music has been an integral part of pop culture around the world for decades, their impact and influence on others seemingly never-ending.  But a world without the Beatles is exactly what the movie “Yesterday” tries to imagine, only the premise […]

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Review: “Toy Story 4”

3.5 out of 5 stars. “Toy Story 3” brought Pixar’s “Toy Story” franchise to a perfect conclusion.  The films are important for many reasons.  They’re some of the best animated movies ever made, boasting stories that are entertaining, clever, and heartfelt, told by richly drawn characters; in fact, it wouldn’t be too crazy to say […]

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Review: “Late Night”

3.5 out of 5 stars. In “Late Night,” Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling both play women who defy those who underestimate.  The film may be a workplace comedy—and a very funny one at that—but it has an important and timely message that reaches far deeper. The movie is directed by Nisha Ganatra from a script […]

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