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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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    This Week’s Review: Double Feature

    I spent Saturday, April 20, indulging in a double feature. I can’t say that my time was well spent with either feature. I started with “Peterloo,” a film about a brutal incident in 1819 when British troops fired on strikers. I first heard about the Peterloo Massacre in the summer of 1951 when I read …

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    This Week’s Review: “The Sting”

    The weekend of April 13 did not offer anything that would lure me out of my house; I briefly thought about seeing the new “Hellboy,” but I resisted the temptation. An earlier version, with Ron Perlman, was quite enough to satisfy my curiosity. I never followed the comic book in its heyday and have never …

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    This Week’s Review: “Shazam!”

    On April 6, I took a chance on the weather and headed for “Shazam!” It was much better than I expected even though it was also a bit longer than I expected. With the exception of a few scary scenes, it’s a good family film. I did not recognize the cast members, but the actor …

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