• This Week’s Review: “1917”

    This Week’s Review: “1917”

    After far too many hours grading essays, the Curmudgeon crept out of his lair on January 25 long enough to see “1917,” a World War One epic about two British soldiers attempting to carry a message to an isolated commander that he should not continue on the offensive lest he send his soldiers into a …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

    This Week’s Review: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

    The Curmudgeon has been hanging his head in shame for several days; for the first time in 42 years, he was unable to attend the opening performance of a Star Wars episode. At no time was he able to persuade anyone to help him sneak out of the hospital in order to see “Episode 9: …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Knives Out”

    This Week’s Review: “Knives Out”

    The Kindly Old Professor (a.k.a. the Curmudgeon) took time from the delights of composing final examinations to go see “Knives Out.” (That phrase probably describes the attitude of his victims/students.) The film is good, murderous fun, but it is far from perfect. The resemblance of the script to the novels of Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, …

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  • This Week’s Review: The Good Liar

    This Week’s Review: The Good Liar

    The friendly neighborhood curmudgeon, stuffed to the gills with good food, decided to try for at least two films over the November 30 weekend, but he wound up seeing only one. It, “The Good Liar,” turned out to be a good one, but it was not entirely what he expected. The trailers for the film …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Midway” and “Harriet”

    This Week’s Review: “Midway” and “Harriet”

    The curmudgeon decided it was time to catch up on his growing backlog of films worth seeing; he did venture out of his cave during the November 23 weekend and managed to see “Midway” and “Harriet.” Both turned out to be good choices. “Midway” manages to tie together two earlier films: “Tora! Tora! Tora!” and “Pearl Harbor.” …

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  • This Week’s Review: Musicals

    This Week’s Review: Musicals

    The curmudgeon found himself grounded for the weekend of November 16; a tummy ache was a good argument for not heading for the nearest megaplex. Had he made it to a theater, he would have contemplated “Midway,” “JoJo Rabbit,” “Harriet,” “Motherless Brooklyn,” or “The Perfect Thief.” Thanks to some serious mistiming, the curmudgeon found himself …

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  • This Week’s Review: “The Current War”

    This Week’s Review: “The Current War”

    My plans to see either or both “Terminator” and “Harriet” on the Nov. 2 weekend did not go as I anticipated. When I arrived at the megaplex, I noticed “The Current War” was playing; I thought it had already left town; therefore, I changed my agenda and headed for that film. The film covers the …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Poltergeist”

    This Week’s Review: “Poltergeist”

    I sought desperately for a film at the megaplex for the weekend of October 26, but there was nothing interesting. I was desperate because I wanted to postpone attacking a mound of examinations that needed grading, but, alas, I found myself obligated to grade the nasty things. I confess that I did have a brief respite, …

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  • This Week’s Review: “The Mission”

    This Week’s Review: “The Mission”

    I hoped, in vain, that there would a good film or two opening during the October 19 weekend. I just could not work up any enthusiasm for another episode in the “Maleficent” saga and stayed home. I consoled myself by dragging out a DVD I had not watched for 15 or more years, “The Mission.” …

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  • This Week’s Review: Ad Astra

    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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