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  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    There’s a lot happening in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which takes place many years after the events in “Rise.” Caesar (Andy Serkis covered in CGI) has started not only a family (Judy Greer and Nick Thurston), but… Read More ›

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    Every once in a while a reboot can surprise you. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” the reboot of the 1968 classic, is an amazing example. I feel like altering my original article from 2011, as  an act of… Read More ›

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    The Tobey Maguire movies (mostly “Spider-Man 2”) have been entertaining; most people complained that Andrew Garfield was too old to play Peter Parker; and most recently, we  have Tom Holland, a 21-year-old actor, who did a fabulous job playing him… Read More ›

  • Despicable Me 3

    “Despicable Me 3” doesn’t live up to the full potential of the last two animated hits, because of how the filmmakers cram some extra subplots in there, and how some come and go. But it still offers the kind of… Read More ›

  • The Big Sick

    As I started to sit down and watch “The Big Sick,” I was surprised to know it was based on the true story of how comedian Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) met his wife Emily V. Gordon. He also wrote it… Read More ›

  • The Beguiled

    I took my mother to see “The Beguilled” in New York. Although the movie was slow at times, we both liked it for its acting and scenery. It was filmed in Louisiana, and the scope matches its lovely location. It’s… Read More ›

  • Baby Driver

    Here comes “Baby Driver,” an action comedy that’s wildly entertaining. It has everything neither “Transformers: the Last Knight” nor “The Mummy” have: a fresh script, colorful characters, first-rate action scenes, and laughs all around. Ansel Elgort gives his best performance… Read More ›

  • Beatriz at Dinner

    “Beatriz at Dinner” is a short movie, running at 83 minutes, but it’s also an emotional movie that shows us the black sheep of a group of people. This black sheep is an environmentalist and animal lover, while the rest… Read More ›

  • Transformers: The Last Knight

    I haven’t watched the Michael Bay “Transformers” movies in years, but I can tell you a few things. The first movie from 2007 was fun, the second from 2009 is both forgettable and boring, the third from 2011 was a… Read More ›

  • All Eyez on Me

    Just now, Jada Pinkett Smith said “All Eyez on Me” was “inaccurate” in how her story with Tupac Shakur (1971-1996) was told in the biopic. He never read a poem, he never said goodbye to her, and she never attended… Read More ›

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