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    This Week’s Review: “Spider-Man: Far from Home”

    I did venture out of my warren during the July 4 weekend long enough to see “Spider-Man: Far from Home.” While there were imperfections, it was easily worth the time and cost. The story picks up just after the events of “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame,” but the plot can stand alone. Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal do well …

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    This Week’s Review: “Miss Marple”

    The weekend of June 27 offered nothing that could draw me out of my shell, but I put the time to good use and watched all the episodes of the 1980s version of “Miss Marple.” When I was six years old, I found a copy of Agatha Christie’s “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” and started to …

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    This Week’s Review: Plowing through Books

    The curmudgeon decided to stay indoors for at least one more weekend; Hollywood had little to offer for the June 22 weekend except “Toy Story 4,” and I just wasn’t in the mood for that (not to mention the high probability of hordes of screaming children swarming in the theater). I used the time to plow …

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    This Week’s Review: “Midsomer Murders”

    A surgeon grounded me very thoroughly on June 14, so I decided it would not be a good idea to scare small children at a theater that weekend; right now I resemble an extra from “The Mummy.” If I had been mobile, I might have headed for the latest episode of “Men in Black,” but …

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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: Avengers: Endgame

    There was never any question that “Avengers: Endgame” would be on my agenda for the April 27 weekend. I had been on tenterhooks since last year when “Avengers: Infinity War” left the world in a quandary as to whether the world would survive the onslaught of Thanos. I am  more than pleased to report that the sequel …

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