Category: Movie Reviews

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Shaft

The NYC critics’ screening of 2019’s “Shaft” occurred in the most appropriate place imaginable, Times Square. It was here, 48 years ago, that John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) took viewers on a walking tour underscored...

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The Dead Don’t Die

Jim Jarmusch’s style is so singular and versatile that if you fall in love with it, as some of us did over 30 years ago with “Stranger than Paradise,” you’ll believe there’s no such thing as...

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Murder Mystery

The latest Netflix Original to result from the deal between the streaming giant and Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison is just entertaining enough to make you wish it was actually good. Sandler reunites with his...

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American Woman

As far-reaching as its generic name inherently suggests, Jake Scott’s sneakily rewarding drama “American Woman” is a time-spanning life story with a slow building script by “Out of the Furnace” writer Brad Ingelsby. And...

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Our Time

“Our Time” is the rare spiritual drama that not only feels genuinely mysterious, but also appears to have been made by people who are aware of and interested in their human characters’ flaws. Like...

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Being Frank

Frank (Jim Gaffigan) is overly focused on what he perceives to be the failings of his teenage son Philip (Logan Miller). You don’t blame Philip for wanting to go to NYU to get as...

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Plus One

“Gee, I get a lonesome feeling/When I hear the church bells chime/ Those wedding bells are breaking up that old gang of mine.”  That song was written 90 years ago, but it still captures...

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Hampstead

It is always a delight to see Diane Keaton in a movie. But I’ll be frank, and perhaps reveal what some might take as a male, or male film critic, bias and admit I...

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In the Aisles

There is a gentle, fable-like aura in Thomas Stuber’s “In The Aisles,” which finds beauty and glimmers of hope in the drab and mind-numbingly symmetrical corridors of a German wholesale supermarket. But never mind...

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Men in Black: International

Just because two stars are brilliantly paired together in one movie, it doesn’t guarantee their chemistry will carry over to another. The rapport between Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth in Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok”...