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    This Week’s Review: “Birds of Prey”

    The Curmudgeon managed to ruin the weekend of February 15 by seeing a fetid mess known both as “Birds of Prey” and “Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey.” There is a third title, but no change in titles can redeem this cinematic atrocity. To say that it is trash is a slander against garbage …

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    This Week’s Review: “The Rhythm Section”

    It took your jaundiced reviewer less than 15 minutes to realize that he had made a serious mistake on the weekend of Feb. 1. “The Rhythm Section” has to be one of the most tedious and pointless films on which he ever squandered his ill-gotten gains. The only reason the curmudgeon chose the film was …

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    This Week’s Review: “1917”

    After far too many hours grading essays, the Curmudgeon crept out of his lair on January 25 long enough to see “1917,” a World War One epic about two British soldiers attempting to carry a message to an isolated commander that he should not continue on the offensive lest he send his soldiers into a …

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    This Week’s Review: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

    The Curmudgeon has been hanging his head in shame for several days; for the first time in 42 years, he was unable to attend the opening performance of a Star Wars episode. At no time was he able to persuade anyone to help him sneak out of the hospital in order to see “Episode 9: …

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    This Week’s Review: The Good Liar

    The friendly neighborhood curmudgeon, stuffed to the gills with good food, decided to try for at least two films over the November 30 weekend, but he wound up seeing only one. It, “The Good Liar,” turned out to be a good one, but it was not entirely what he expected. The trailers for the film …

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    This Week’s Review: Musicals

    The curmudgeon found himself grounded for the weekend of November 16; a tummy ache was a good argument for not heading for the nearest megaplex. Had he made it to a theater, he would have contemplated “Midway,” “JoJo Rabbit,” “Harriet,” “Motherless Brooklyn,” or “The Perfect Thief.” Thanks to some serious mistiming, the curmudgeon found himself …

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    This Week’s Review: “The Current War”

    My plans to see either or both “Terminator” and “Harriet” on the Nov. 2 weekend did not go as I anticipated. When I arrived at the megaplex, I noticed “The Current War” was playing; I thought it had already left town; therefore, I changed my agenda and headed for that film. The film covers the …

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    This Week’s Review: “The Mission”

    I hoped, in vain, that there would a good film or two opening during the October 19 weekend. I just could not work up any enthusiasm for another episode in the “Maleficent” saga and stayed home. I consoled myself by dragging out a DVD I had not watched for 15 or more years, “The Mission.” …

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    This Week’s Review: Ad Astra

    I had enough time during the October 12 weekend to catch one film, “Ad Astra.” I wish I had seen it on a larger screen or in 3-D, and I have to wonder how it will look on a television screen. The sets closely resemble those of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and the …

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    This Week’s Review: Joker

    Somehow I found time during the weekend of October 5 to see “Joker” even though I was less than elated by the opportunity. The film was notorious even before it reached the theaters; there was genuine concern that it might inspire a mass shooting. I now have to wonder if the studio PR flacks did not encourage …

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