Movie Reviews

Movie Review: ‘Upside’

Take the "white savior" formula of 2009's "The Blind Side," in which a Caucasian of considerable means changes the life of an impoverished African-American, mix in a little of "Driving Miss Daisy" from 1989, and you have "The Upside"
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Movie Review: ‘Welcome to Marwen’

Steve Carell makes a dedicated effort in his portrayal of Hogancamp. But his performance fails to redeem this project, weird as it is in all the wrong ways.
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Movie Review: ‘On the Basis of Sex’

Moral courage does, of course, prevail, and the film is an unapologetically heroic narrative correct in its historical details even when the dialogue lurches into wooden cliches, lacking only a college fight song to pump up emotion at its conclusion.
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Movie Review: ‘Vice’

Considering the history-altering events in which the film's three main characters were involved, a more nuanced approach would have served the audience far better. As it is, "Vice's" main appeal would appear to be the opportunity to hiss at a pair of villains.
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Movie Review: ‘Aquaman’

Viewers taking the plunge to follow his adventures will be treated to a sprawling, lush spectacle. But the DC Comics adaptation built around him also is overlong, overcomplicated and, at times, just plain dumb.
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Movie Review: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

It has taken more than half a century, but at long last "Mary Poppins Returns" (Disney). The result is a delightful sequel to the 1964 classic that will divert all but the youngest and most skittish members of the family.
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Movie Review: ‘Green Book’

"Green Book" (Universal) opens with a singer in the Copacabana nightclub in New York belting out "That Old Black Magic." Therein lies its flaw. This high-minded saga of race relations in 1962 is hobbled by sentimentality thicker than the marinara sauce which occasionally appears. It doesn't so much lean into stereotypes as take flying, cringe-worthy...
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Movie Review: ‘Stan & Ollie’

These two performers epitomized "the show must go on" work ethic, never disappointing an audience, no matter how small. The result here is not so much the belly laughs of their prime, but sublime joy at their invincible courage.
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Movie Review: ‘Creed II’

Working from a script Stallone co-wrote with Juel Taylor, director Steven Caple Jr. handles themes of disability, family estrangement and good sportsmanship with dexterity.
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Movie Review: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

The burly demolition specialist who lent his name to 2012's "Wreck-It Ralph" returns to the big screen in the sweet animated follow-up "Ralph Breaks the Internet" (Disney). So too does the best friend he acquired in the first outing, diminutive race car driver Vanellope von Schweetz.
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Movie Review: ‘Beautiful Boy’

What "Beautiful Boy" (Amazon) captures best about the raw pain of drug dependency is the sheer randomness of it.
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Movie Review: ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch’

Somewhere Theodor Geisel may be spinning in his grave over the latest treatment of one of his most famous character creations, "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch" (Universal). If so, he's only revolving gently.
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