December 1, 2020
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Review: Jokers hit silver screen with laughs and charisma

By | Mar 4, 2020

Watching an episode of ’s hit show “Impractical Jokers” is like hanging out with a group of high school class clowns — except they are all middle-aged and have a long-running television show.


Review: Uncanny CGI overpowers engaging storytelling

By | Mar 4, 2020

Jack London’s “The Call of the Wild” is a timeless story, and the film adaptation tells it well.


Review: Jumbled narrative creates chaos in bizarre thriller

By | Feb 18, 2020

Director Jeff Baena’s Sundance Film Festival entry “Horse Girl” is a bizarre experience that tackles difficult topics, including mental health, with a unique twist.


Review: Discordant narrative fails to maintain a steady beat

By | Feb 12, 2020

Predictable, disorganized and monotonous are just a few words to describe “The Rhythm Section,” a fast-paced action drama directed by Reed Morano.


Review: “Miss Americana” is a self-driven narrative from Taylor Swift

By | Feb 11, 2020

The Netflix documentary “Miss Americana” is an exercise in public image.


Review: “El Camino” stands apart from famous predecessor

By | Oct 23, 2019

Six years ago, “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan left his viewers with an explosive conclusion to one of the best television series ever created.


Review: Sci-fi film wanes into weariness and boredom

By | Oct 1, 2019

Director James Gray delivers a visionary look into the future with his new film, “Ad Astra,” starring Brad Pitt.


Review: Dynamic characters keep horror film afloat

By | Sep 17, 2019

The first part of the “IT” franchise opens with an iconic scene: Pennywise the Clown (Bill Skarsgård) confronts Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) in a sewer; the scene results in the 6-year-old boy’s arm viciously being bitten off in the clown’s jaws.


Review: “Her Smell” is painfully slow but is saved by lead actor

By | Apr 29, 2019

“Her Smell,” an indie drama from writer and director Alex Ross Perry, is painfully slow in spite of the pure chaos it depicts.


Review: Horror movie “La Llorona” is cursed to fail

By | Apr 28, 2019

For decades, horror movies have replicated the hard work “The Exorcist” did in 1973 to produce one sleek but soulless thrill ride after another.


Review: Stop-motion film is visually stunning

By | Apr 23, 2019

“Missing Link” is a visually spectacular stop-motion film about friendship and finding one’s place in the world.


Review: Body-swap film centers blackness but falls short

By | Apr 23, 2019

“Little” opens with obligatory narration — “Allow me to introduce myself” — but there is nobody going to see “Little” who won’t realize immediately where it’s headed.