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    This Week’s Review: “Downton Abbey”

    The weekend of September 21 seemed a little dicey at first glance; curmudgeons don’t do well in wet weather and Houston was still drying out from its latest round of “incumbencies.” I did venture out and had to choose between “Ad Astra,” “Downton Abbey,” and “Rambo: Last Blood.” I chose the middle option and am …

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    This Week’s Review: “The Goldfinch”

    The weekend of September 14 was rather bleak in terms of new movies. I was expecting to see “Downton Abbey” after I saw a notice that it would open on Thursday, September 12.  To my shock, it did not play on the weekend; either the original advertisement was wrong or the Thursday showing was a …

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    This Week’s Review: “It Chapter 2”

    The weekend of September 7 was not one of my better ones and my choice of films turned out to be a waste of time and money, both of which are in short supply these days. I would have been much better off writing out tests and vocabulary exercises than seeing “It Chapter Two.” I …

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    This Week’s Review: “Bleak House”

    As predicted, the Labor Day Weekend was a washout in terms of new and interesting films. The Edwards Greenway theater I usually attend offered only a retrospective of Quentin Tarantino films; my stomach was not quite ready for a rehashing of “Kill Bill,” “Pulp Fiction,” and other examples of gratuitous bloodshed; I stayed home, close …

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    This Week’s Review: “Angel Has Fallen”

    The weekend of August 24 ended the summer break and I used it to catch “Angel Has Fallen,” the third installment in Gerard Butler’s Secret Service trilogy.  It was a very satisfying way to end the summer: plenty of bone-crunching, eye-gouging mayhem. I was impressed by the opening scenes in which Butler’s character admits that …

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    This Week’s Review: “Where’d You Go, Bernadette”

    I should have remembered Oscar Wilde’s maxim: “Only mad dogs, Englishmen, and academics go out in the noonday sun.” I did venture out on the August 17 weekend and the canicular days nearly did me in. The only film that sounded even remotely interesting was Cate Blanchett’s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” and I had to …

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    This Week’s Review: “El Cid”

    Again, heat and roadwork on the Southwest Freeway grounded me on the August 10 weekend. I am not sure I would have ventured  out even if there had been something interesting in the theaters. That meant that, once again, I had to dig into my stash of DVDs. I was in the mood for something …

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    This Week’s Review: Ken Burns’ “Civil War”

    I had no intent of wasting time or money on the weekend of August 3; the latest “Fast and Furious” episode found no favor in my eyes and the news of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton left me in an apocalyptic mood. To soothe myself, I dug out my DVD set of Ken …

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    This Week’s Review: “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”

    I used part of the July 27 weekend to see “Once upon a Time … in Hollywood” and I have not yet recovered. Even though this is one of Quentin Tarantino’s milder productions, it is still shockingly brutal. I have to admit that I did not like the late ’60s and early ’70s; revisiting those …

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    This Week’s Review: “The Lion King”

    The weekend of July 20 had only film of interest for elderly curmudgeons: the live action version of Disney’s “The Lion King.” Since I first heard of the film, I questioned the need for its existence. I did enjoy the film, but I still question the need for it. Cynic that I am, I suspect …

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