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  • Tolkien

    Well-acted biopic loses the ring before the journey even begins. I never read any of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Ring” novels, but I was a fan of the movies directed by Peter Jackson, including the 1977 Rankin/Bass animated film… Read More ›

  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    To warm you up for “The Hustle,” here’s my review of the original. “The Hustle,” starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, comes to theaters this Friday, and I wanted to share with you my opinion of the original 1988 comedy… Read More ›

  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile

    Boy, do Efron and Bundy look alike There’s little wonder why Zac Efron would be a perfect young actor to portray serial murderer Ted Bundy. He has his eyebrows, hairstyle, height, and charms, with all respect. Even Bundy’s lawyer agrees… Read More ›

  • Long Shot

    Theron and Rogen both amaze you in ways you least expect Who said Julia Roberts as a hooker and Richard Gere as a playboy in “Pretty Woman” would be a failed relationship? And who said Audrey Hepburn as a cockney… Read More ›

  • The 90s Are All Bat

    Back in Black and Yellow in the 90s The Batman DC comic book series was created in 1939 by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. It went on to become a phenomenon, beginning with a 60s TV series starring Adam West… Read More ›

  • Avengers: Endgame

    A worthy finale to a powerful battle-all leveled by action, comedy, and drama. Well, it’s time for us Marvel fans to see what happens next in “Avengers: Endgame.” We all recall the last “Avengers” movie, when Thanos (Josh Brolin) snapped… Read More ›

  • Wild Rose

    A Scottish girl aspires to become a country singer with difficult dialogue but honest lyrics I went to see “Wild Rose” in London, England with my mother and two cousins. We liked it, except for one problem. I try not… Read More ›

  • Mosul

    A reporter goes behind enemy lines in riveting ISIS doc. I was given a Vimeo screener of an ISIS documentary called “Mosul” from a fellow who is interested in my film criticism work. The fellow is director Daniel Gabriel, who… Read More ›

  • Teen Spirit

    A Star is Born, and Elle Fanning is that Star Recently, I’ve been given two Indies about rock stars and their ambitions. “Her Smell” was a fresh take on a 90s punk rock star and her drug addiction that nearly… Read More ›

  • The Curse of La Llorona

    Avoid this loud, bombastic, and idiotic Conjuring-type nightmare while you can I’m having trouble saying “La Llorona” the correct way, although I remember hearing the deceased great grandmother singing the song in Disney/Pixar’s “Coco.” So, that’s how I’m familiar with… Read More ›

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