Movie Reviews

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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Movie Review: ‘The Old Man & the Gun’

A career criminal as a jaunty old coot is the conceit that propels "The Old Man & the Gun" (Fox Searchlight).
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Movie Review: ‘Halloween’

One of modern Hollywood's most enduring horror franchises turns 40 this year. To mark the occasion, director and co-writer David Gordon Green presents us with "Halloween" (Universal), a direct sequel to the eponymous 1978 original. 
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Movie Review: ‘Venom’

Whatever you do, don't call that alien who has taken up residence in your body a parasite. The polite term, it seems, is symbiote.
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Movie Review: ‘First Man’

By turns the intimate portrait of its elusive subject's inner life and a lavish look back at the sometimes tragic, ultimately triumphant race to the Moon, "First Man," director Damien Chazelle's multidimensional profile of astronaut Neil Armstrong (1930-2012), is a splendid piece of moviemaking.
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Movie Review: ‘Smallfoot’

Turning the legend of Bigfoot on its head with plenty of laughs along the way comes the animated musical comedy "Smallfoot" (Warner Bros.).
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Movie Review: ‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls’

For all its spells and incantations, the witchcraft-themed fantasy "The House With a Clock in Its Walls" (Universal) lacks magic.
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Movie Review – ‘Unbroken: Path to Redemption’

Overall, Cronk's sequel, written by Richard Friedenberg and Ken Hixon, is both appealing in its promotion of faith and forgiveness and suitable for a wide audience.
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Movie Review: ‘Searching’

NEW YORK (CNS) — Those on the lookout for an above-average thriller boasting both surprising plot developments and upright basic values will probably be pleased with “Searching” (Screen Gems). While it’s handled discreetly, however, at least one of the many twists and turns taken by director and co-writer Aneesh Chaganty’s gripping feature debut — penned...
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Movie Review: ‘Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman — Rage of Atlantis’

For parents and comic fans weary of the adult nature of many modern superhero films, a safe refuge can be found in the "Lego DC Super Heroes" movies. Arch, colorful and free of violence and profanity, these animated direct-to-video adventures often offer what more self-serious comics-based titles don't, namely, fun.
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Movie Review: ‘Alpha’

The oft-repeated tale of a boy and his dog is as old as time -- or at least the last Ice Age, the intriguing setting for "Alpha" (Columbia).
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