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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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    This Week’s Review: Off Week

    The curmudgeon had to raise the white flag and admit defeat for the September 28 weekend. I had entertained notions of seeing “Ad Astra,” but a bad fall while at a doctor’s office kept me indoors during the weekend; the thought of trying to climb stairs inside the theater was just too much to contemplate. …

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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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