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Movie Review: THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB movie poster | ©2018 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Claire Foy, Sylvia Hoeks, Lakeith Stanfield, Sverrir Gudnason, Stephen Merchant, Vicky Krieps, Cameron Britton, Christopher Convery Writers: Jay Basu & Fede Alvarez and Steven Knight, based on the novel by David Lagercrantz, based on characters created by Stieg Larsson Director: Fede Alvarez Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: November 9, 2018 THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB: A NEW DRAGON TATTOO STORY is a continuation of the Lisbeth Salander saga. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by David Lagercrantz. That novel was in turn based on THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO trilogy of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OVERLORD

OVERLORD movie poster | ©2018 Paramount Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbaek, John Magaro, Iain De Caestecker, Jacob Anderson, Dominic Applewhite, Glanny Taufer, Bokeem Woodbine Writers: Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith, story by Billy Ray Director: Julius Avery Distributor: Paramount Release Date: November 9, 2018 OVERLORD is a new entry in the rich tradition of mixing Nazis and horror. Unlike most other entries in this often low-budget subgenre, OVERLORD is not only comparatively well-funded, but it also works throughout as a pretty good WWII combat mission movie, albeit with some super-gory twists. We see OVERLORD mostly from the viewpoint of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE FRONT RUNNER

THE FRONT RUNNER movie poster | ©2018 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Mark O’Brien, Molly Ephraim, Kaitlyn Dever, Mamoudou Athie, Alfred Molina, Kevin Pollak, Sara Paxton, Steve Zissis Writers: Matt Bai & Jay Carson & Jason Reitman, based on the book ALL THE TRUTH IS OUT by Matt Bai Director: Jason Reitman Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: November 6, 2018 (Los Angeles and New York); November 21, 2018 (wide) First of all, THE FRONT RUNNER is not the film adaptation of forever-in-development Patricia Nell Warren’s novel about an affair between an Olympic track coach and one of his athletes. Rather, it is a fact-based […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Allen Leech, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, Mike Myers Screenplay: Anthony McCarten, story by Anthony McCarten and Peter Morgan Director: Bryan Singer Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: November 2, 2018 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is a story of Freddie Mercury, and the band Queen, in that order. Whether it’s the story of the late rock star and his still-living band mates seems open to question. There is no doubt, however, that BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is worth seeing. Rami Malek channels something akin to divine ecstasy when he is playing Mercury […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HALLOWEEN (2018)

HALLOWEEN 2018 movie poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, Haluk Bilginer, Will Patton, Toby Huss, Rhian Rees, Jefferson Hall, Virginia Gardner, Dylan Arnold, Miles Robbins, Drew Scheid, Jibrail Nantambu Writers: Jeff Fradley & Danny McBride & David Gordon Green, based on characters created by John Carpenter & Debra Hill Director: David Gordon Green Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: October 19, 2018 A middle-aged woman speaks up about a man who committed violence against her decades ago, because she thinks the public may be endangered. It’s not so much that the people in power don’t believe her, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FIRST MAN

FIRST MAN movie poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Corey Stoll Writer: Josh Singer, based on the book by James R. Hansen Director: Damien Chazelle Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: October 12, 2018 FIRST MAN refers not to early homo sapiens as an individual or group, but rather to astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. It is hoped that this isn’t a big spoiler, but the title gives it away, and it happened (to enormous, long-lasting publicity) forty years ago. Neil Armstrong is an impressive man, and what he and the NASA Apollo mission achieved […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Nick Offerman Writer: Drew Goddard Director: Drew Goddard Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 12, 2018 After a brief prologue, BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE starts out like the set-up to a joke, with an out-of-the-way motel standing in for a bar. A priest (Jeff Bridges), a singer (Cynthia Erivo), a vacuum cleaner salesman (Jon Hamm), and a really cranky young woman (Dakota Johnson) all walk into the El Royale. This is not a comedy, though the crime drama has its […]Read On »

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Movie Review: VENOM

VENOM movie poster | ©2018 Sony/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Reid Scott, Melora Walters Writers: Scott Rosenberg & Jeff Pinkner and Kelly Marcel and Will Beall, story by Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics by Todd McFarlane and David Michelinie Director: Ruben Fleischer Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: October 5, 2018 VENOM the movie is based on the VENOM Marvel Comics created by Todd McFarlane and David Michelinie. Full disclosure: this reviewer knows practically nothing about the character Venom, save what is in Wikipedia was in the 2007 SPIDER-MAN 3 movie, where he was played by […]Read On »

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Movie Review: A STAR IS BORN

A STAR IS BORN movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Anthony Ramos, Andrew Dice Clay, Greg Grunberg Writers: Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters, based on a story by William A. Wellman and Robert Carson and on a screenplay by Dorothy Parker & Alan Campbell & Robert Carson, a screenplay by Moss Hart, and a screenplay by John Gregory Dunne & Joan Didion and Frank Pierson Director: Bradley Cooper Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 5, 2018 The new version of A STAR IS BORN proves that even the most familiar material can be great when done right. Bradley […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HATE U GIVE

THE HATE YOU GIVE movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, Common, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, K.J. Apa, Dominique Fishback, Lamar Johnson, TJ Wright, Megan Lawless, Karen Kendrick Writer: Audrey Wells, based on the novel by Angie Thomas Director: George Tillman Jr. Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 5, 2018 The title of THE HATE U GIVE is taken from Tupac Shakur’s “T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E. (The Hate U Give Little Infants F***s Everybody).” This translates to the late Shakur’s philosophy that racism aimed at children ruins not only their lives, but the lives of everyone in the vicinity. Based […]Read On »

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