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Movie Review: CHARLIE’S ANGELS (2019)

CHARLIE'S ANGELS movie poster | ©2019 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks, Patrick Stewart, Djimon Hounsou, Sam Claflin, Jonathan Tucker, Nat Faxon, Chris Pang, Luis Gerardo Mendez Writer: Elizabeth Banks, story by Evan Spiliotopoulos and David Auburn, based on the TV series created by Ivan Goff & Ben Roberts Director: Elizabeth Banks Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: November 15, 2019 CHARLIE’S ANGELS by now has a history way out of proportion to its overall quality. First, it was a TV series that ran for five seasons, from 1976 through 1981, launching the careers of Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd and Tanya […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GOOD LIAR

THE GOOD LIAR movie poster | ©2019 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey, Jim Carter Writer: Jeffrey Hatcher, based on the novel by Nicholas Searle Director: Bill Condon Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 15, 2019 THE GOOD LIAR is one of those satisfyingly twisty thrillers made nigh-perfect by the presence of Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen in the leads. These are two actors who could mesmerize us with the proverbial phone book reading. With material this good, they are riveting throughout. We’re in London, 2009. Why is that important? Well, remember it, because the year (in relation to other years) is one clue […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DOCTOR SLEEP

DOCTOR SLEEP movie poster | ©2019 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyleigh Curran, Cliff Curtis, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Carl Lumbly, Zackary Momoh, Robert Longstreet, Jacob Tremblay, Jocelin Donahue, Alex Essoe, Henry Thomas, Roger Dale Floyd Writer: Mike Flanagan, based on the novel by Stephen King Director: Mike Flanagan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 8, 2019 Talking about the new film DOCTOR SLEEP has aspects that are like one of those “if a train leaves the station in Boulder Colorado at five miles an hour” math puzzles. DOCTOR SLEEP is the title of Stephen King’s 2013 sequel book to his 1977 novel […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LAST CHRISTMAS

LAST CHRISTMAS movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Emma Thompson, Boris Isakovic, Lydia Leonard, Peter Mygind, Laura Evelyn, Ingrid Oliver, Jade Anouka Writers: Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings, story by Emma Thompson & Greg Wise Director: Paul Feig Distributor: Universal Release Date: November 8, 2019 How much one will enjoy LAST CHRISTMAS will have a lot to do with how much one likes London, Emilia Clarke, George Michael, and TV-type Christmas fare, not necessarily in that order. Paul Feig directs from a script by Emma Thompson (who also costars) and Bryony Kimmings, from a story by Thompson & Greg […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HARRIET

HARRIET movie poster | ©2019 Focus Features

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Janelle Monae Writers: Gregory Allen Howard and Kasi Lemmons, story by Gregory Allen Howard Director: Kasi Lemmons Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: November 1, 2019 Harriet Tubman is a real-world hero. Born into slavery as Araminta “Minty” Ross (later taking her mother’s first name of Harriet and keeping her married name Tubman), she first escaped from the Maryland plantation in her twenties where she was being held 1849, then made it on foot, alone, one hundred miles to Philadelphia. Shortly thereafter, Harriet made multiple return journeys as a “conductor” on […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR’S CUT

THE CURRENT WAR - DIRECTOR'S CUT Movie Poster | ©2019 101 Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen, Tuppence Middleton Writer: Michael Mitnick Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Distributor: 101 Studios Release Date: October 25, 2019 Two things should be made clear about the title of THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR’S CUT. The first is that it does not refer to a present-day conflict, military or other. Instead, it alludes to the war over actual electrical current, fought in the last decades of the nineteenth century between the inventors Thomas Edison (played here by Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), with some input from Nikola […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BLACK AND BLUE

BLACK AND BLUE movie poster | ©2019 Sony Pictures/Screen Gems

Rating: R Stars: Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Frank Grillo, Mike Colter, Reid Scott, Nafessa Williams, Beau Knapp, James Moses Black Writer: Peter A. Dowling Director: Deon Taylor Distributor: Sony/Screen Gems Release Date: October 25, 2019 In broad strokes, we’ve seen BLACK AND BLUE before. Good cop stumbles upon criminal activity by bad cops and winds up running from both fellow police officers and civilian gang members. However, the good cop in BLACK AND BLUE is a black woman, Alicia West (Naomie Harris). Alicia was in the U.S. Army for eight years. She’s returned to her old neighborhood, New Orleans’s mostly […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL

MALEFICENT MISTRESS OF EVIL movie poster | ©2019 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Harris Dickinson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sam Riley, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, Robert Lindsay, David Gyasi, Jenn Murray, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Warwick Davis Writers: Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster and Linda Woolverton, story by Linda Woolverton Director: Joachim Ronning Distributor: Walt Disney Release Date: October 18, 2019 MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL is a sequel to 2014’s MALEFICENT, the revisionist version of SLEEPING BEAUTY. Angelina Jolie stars in both films as the title character, a dark faerie who, in the first movie, took righteous wrath a little too far. In MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LIGHTHOUSE

THE LIGHTHOUSE movie poster | ©2019 A24

Rating: R Stars: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson Writers: Robert Eggers & Max Eggers Director: Robert Eggers Distributor: A24 Release Date: October 18, 2019 Before discussing THE LIGHTHOUSE proper, it may help one’s understanding to read some comments overheard from viewers leaving a Los Angeles press screening of the film. These include, “I couldn’t stop grinning all the way through,” “Better than my first marriage – just kidding,” and a sincere “That was awful.” In other words, there seems to be a wide range of reactions. Director Robert Eggers, who co-wrote THE LIGHTHOUSE with Max Eggers, previously wrote and directed 2016’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MARY

MARY movie poster | ©2019 RLJE Films

Rating: R Stars: Gary Oldman, Emily Mortimer, Jennifer Esposito, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Owen Teague, Stefanie Scott, Chloe Perrin Writer: Anthony Jaswinski Director: Michael Goi Distributor: RLJE Films Release Date (theatrical and On Demand): October 11, 2019 MARY in many respects resembles a lot of other modest horror films, with two big differences. One, it’s shot on actual film, which gives it a much crisper, richer look than many of its peers. This makes sense, as its director, Michael Goi, is an award-winning cinematographer, who also serves in that capacity here. Two, MARY stars Gary Oldman and Emily Mortimer, actors whose big-name […]Read On »

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