• This Week’s Review: “Only the Brave.”

    This Week’s Review: “Only the Brave.”

     I only had time for one film on October 28, and wound up seeing a film I had overlooked two or three weekends in a row: “Only the Brave.” My original target was “Thank You for Your Service,” but I could not squeeze it into my schedule. I was surprised by how good “Only the Brave” …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Marshall” and “The Snowman”

    This Week’s Review: “Marshall” and “The Snowman”

    On October 21, I had time for two films, “Marshall” and “The Snowman.” I enjoyed both, but “Marshall” is, by far, the better of the two. I remember first hearing about Thurgood Marshall in 1954, but I had no real understanding of the Brown versus Board of Education case. Even after he joined the Supreme …

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  • This Week’s Review: “The Foreigner” and “Battle of the Sexes”

    This Week’s Review: “The Foreigner” and “Battle of the Sexes”

    The weekend of October 14 offered a plethora of new films, but I only had time for two: “The Foreigner” and “Battle of the Sexes.” Neither is a must-see, but both are interesting.  I usually avoid Jackie Chan movies, but “The Foreigner” has a twist; the actor portrays a character as old as Chan himself. His major antagonist is a devious …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Blade Runner 2049”

    This Week’s Review: “Blade Runner 2049”

    There were several interesting films available on October 7, but my highest priority had to be “Blade Runner 2049.” Even though the film was almost three hours long, I relished every minute. No, it did not answer every question from the ambiguous 1982 original, but it did provide possible answers for some, as well as …

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  • This Week’s Review: “American Made”

    This Week’s Review: “American Made”

    When I make a mistake, it is usually gigantic and embarrassing. That describes my September 30 visit to the movies; I walked into the wrong auditorium and saw a film I had planned to avoid like the bubonic plague, “American Made.” By the time I realized I was in the wrong auditorium, “Battle of the …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

    This Week’s Review: “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

    I wasted both time and money on September 23; let me assure you that “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is one of the sorriest films of 2017! Whatever charm the first film in the series had has long been dissipated. The film is a waste of good talent; Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges …

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  • This Week’s Review: “American Assassin”

    This Week’s Review: “American Assassin”

    After I saw “It,” I should have in the market for something a bit soothing, but the only interesting film available the weekend of September 16 was “American Assassin.” Soothing, it isn’t. The only reason I decided to see it was the name of Michael Keaton among the cast. I had never heard of the …

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  • This Week’s Review: “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Great Escape”

    This Week’s Review: “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Great Escape”

    During the recent deluge, I watched two very good films, both directed by John Sturges: “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Great Escape.”  I had never thought about them as a matched set, but the similarities are more than skin-deep. Both films deal with a small group determined to achieve a dangerous goal, regardless of the …

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  • This Week’s Review: “It”

    This Week’s Review: “It”

    At long last, the clouds broke and the streets cleared; that was all the excuse I needed to escape from the house and head for the theater. On September 8, I decided my nerves needed a little jangling, so I headed for the new version of Stephen King’s “It.” I read the book when it …

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  • This Week’s Review: From the DVD Collection

    This Week’s Review: From the DVD Collection

    I don’t know if any theatres were open during Hurricane Harvey’s most unwelcome sojourn in Texas, but my enthusiasm for an expedition was thoroughly dampened. I was, however, fortunate enough to have electricity during the crisis and caught up on several DVDs. I won’t go so far as to say that they were outstanding examples …

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