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    This Week’s Review: “Dark Phoenix”

    The June 8 weekend was a financial disaster; roadwork on the Southwest Freeway forced my cab driver to find a different route to the Edwards theater on Wesleyan; that added $15 one-way to my transportation costs. Therefore, I was not in a very receptive mood for “Dark Phoenix”; it turned out to be the weakest …

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    This Week’s Review: D-Day Anniversary

    Whoever decides which movies to release on a given weekend must take great delight in thwarting me. The weekend of June 2 was another dry hole; neither “Godzilla” nor “Rocketman” had the slightest attraction for me. I was slightly surprised that we did not see re-releases of “The Longest Day” or “Saving Private Ryan,” since the 75th …

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    This Week’s Review: “Unforgotten”

    The Memorial Day weekend was another washout. I did give some thought to the live-action version of “Aladdin,” but the trailers I saw did not impress me in the least. I suspect the film is an unnecessary gilding of the original lily. I have great respect for Will Smith, but there is no way he could …

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    This Week’s Review: “Green Book” and “The Favourite”

    The weekend of May 18 offered nothing that could lure me out of my burrow. I consoled myself with the DVD of “Green Book.” Even though I enjoyed seeing the film again, I was reminded of how much better films are when seen in a theater.  I also used the time to complete a self-imposed …

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    This Week’s Review: “Tolkien” and “Avengers: Endgame”

    After the horrors of reading the last essays of the semester, I took a few days off and spent them reading omnivorously and indulging in two visits to the theater, once for “Tolkien” and once for a second viewing of “Avengers: Endgame.” Both were highly therapeutic and enjoyable. “Tolkien” alternates between the writer’s ghastly service …

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    This Week’s Review: Double Feature

    I spent Saturday, April 20, indulging in a double feature. I can’t say that my time was well spent with either feature. I started with “Peterloo,” a film about a brutal incident in 1819 when British troops fired on strikers. I first heard about the Peterloo Massacre in the summer of 1951 when I read …

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    This Week’s Review: “Shazam!”

    On April 6, I took a chance on the weather and headed for “Shazam!” It was much better than I expected even though it was also a bit longer than I expected. With the exception of a few scary scenes, it’s a good family film. I did not recognize the cast members, but the actor …

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    This Week’s Review: “Hotel Mumbai”

    I had reservations about what to see on March 30; I had little or no enthusiasm for “Dumbo,” so I chose “Hotel Mumbai.” I might have overlooked the film except for seeing it mentioned on PBS. It was a very depressing film, but I expected that. The film is an Australian production based upon the …

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    This Week’s Review: “Us”

    I remember being deeply impressed by Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” so I needed little inducement to see his “Us” as part of the March 23 weekend. To say the least, my nerves were thoroughly jangled. The film deals with several of children’s darkest fears, particularly, the fear of abandonment and of whoever or whatever lives behind …

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    This Week’s Review: Rewatch

    As I feared, the weekend of March 18 offered no movies that could tempt me out of my lair. Instead, I caught up on some of the films that never made it into wide distribution in 2018. By coincidence, both of them dealt with the seamier side of various members of the Stuart royal family. …

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