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

    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”

    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”

    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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  • This Week’s Review: Nero Wolfe Mysteries

    This Week’s Review: Nero Wolfe Mysteries

    Hurricane Barry may have decided to bypass the Houston area, but I still declined the chance to be out and about on the July 13 weekend. There was nothing new at the megaplex that piqued my interest, so I stayed home and read. Yes, I do have some books I haven’t read yet; somewhere in my files …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Spider-Man: Far from Home”

    This Week’s Review: “Spider-Man: Far from Home”

    I did venture out of my warren during the July 4 weekend long enough to see “Spider-Man: Far from Home.” While there were imperfections, it was easily worth the time and cost. The story picks up just after the events of “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame,” but the plot can stand alone. Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal do well …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Miss Marple”

    This Week’s Review: “Miss Marple”

    The weekend of June 27 offered nothing that could draw me out of my shell, but I put the time to good use and watched all the episodes of the 1980s version of “Miss Marple.” When I was six years old, I found a copy of Agatha Christie’s “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” and started to …

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  • This Week’s Review: Plowing through Books

    This Week’s Review: Plowing through Books

    The curmudgeon decided to stay indoors for at least one more weekend; Hollywood had little to offer for the June 22 weekend except “Toy Story 4,” and I just wasn’t in the mood for that (not to mention the high probability of hordes of screaming children swarming in the theater). I used the time to plow …

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  • This Week’s Review: “Midsomer Murders”

    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”

    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

    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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