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HBO’s “Barry” takes aim at role-playing and the desire for fame. Can a hit man go straight and find happiness in Hollywood? That’s the question that the wickedly witty new HBO dramedy “Barry” asks. Created by Alec Berg...
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“Homeland” ends its seventh season as relevant and edgy as ever. Seven seasons in, Showtime’s “Homeland” series is still smart, unpredictable, and edge-of-your-seat television. How do they do it? They start with...
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“Avengers: Infinity War” epically battles an intergalactic villain and controversial ending.The 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is its most ambitious and remarkably, it manages to live up to the hype. The 149-minute film tells a ginormous story...
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The reboot of “Lost in Space” looks out of this world but lacks fun.As reboots go, the new version of “Lost in Space” is light years beyond the original series from the 1960’s in many ways. The production values, costume design, and special effects...
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“Chappaquiddick” paints a tragic portrait of politics and entitlement.Historical movies tend...
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“A Quiet Place” speaks volumes with what it doesn’t say or show.The horror genre is often most successful when it doesn’t show too much of its monsters. Better to let the audience fill in the blanks of the bogeyman hiding in...
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The adaptation of “Ready Player One” has Steven Spielberg written all over it.The new tentpole movie “Ready Player One” may boast its author Ernest Cline as one of the screenplay adaptors, along with Zak Penn, but the greatest influence on the material...
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Despite a game Alicia Vikander, the reboot of “Tomb Raider” feels dusty and derivative.The rebooting of “Tomb Raider” should have yielded something better than this decent, but uninspired attempt. It had brilliant source...
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“Thoroughbreds” marks an auspicious debut for writer/director Cory Finley.Coming from the world of theater, writer/director Cory Finley has made a masterful first film. His dark comedy/thriller is utterly enthralling, as much for what it doesn’t show as what...
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Alex Garland’s adaptation of “Annihilation” creates a world of wonder.Powerful is the film that doesn’t spoon feed everything to its audience, especially when it comes to science fiction. That’s why writer/director Alex Garland is such an expert in...
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“Black Panther” is a landmark film for Marvel Studios and one of their very best.Just when you think that the comic superhero movie is all but played out, along comes “Black...
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2018’s Oscar-nominated shorts have a lot of lessons for writers.Since 2012, the AMPAS has been releasing their Oscar-nominated Animated and Live Action Shorts nationwide in theaters to an enthusiastic public. For screenwriters,...
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“The Shape of Water” blends fantasy, morality and horror into a steady stream. Guillermo del Toro is a filmmaker of singular vision. His movies are almost always morality tales,...
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2018 Oscar nominations reflect diversity and strong, original writing. The 90th Academy Award nominations have been announced and the voters have delivered an impressive and diverse spectrum of honorees. Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) and Jordan Peele (“Get...
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“Mudbound” adapts the symbol-heavy bestseller with finesse.Adapting a book is never easy, particularly one such as Hillary Jordan’s Mudbound. The narrative is told first-person by multiple characters, and that contradicts the...
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“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” reboots the franchise with lots of laughs.Rebooting a franchise can be a tricky thing. You want to keep what’s beloved and familiar, but you also...
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“The Last Jedi” tells the familiar in surprising ways.By now, movie fans can be assured that each new “Star Wars” saga will have a lot of the same: light saber battles, snarling...
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“The Disaster Artist” delivers laughs without digging deep.James Franco does a superb imitation of Tommy Wiseau in “The Disaster Artist”, but the movie doesn’t dig deep enough into who the failed filmmaker was and why his...
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“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” challenges narrative norms.Martin McDonagh may be a filmmaker from England, but he certainly understands America. His take on small town...
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"Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-In Near You” is a must-read for movie fansCharles Taylor is an author and film critic who loves B movies and his new book showcases some of the greatest unsung gems from the 1970’s. “Opening Wednesday at a Theater or...
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