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Film review: “Ideal Home” (2018)

“Ideal Home” (2018) Drama/Comedy Running Time: 91 minutes Written by: Andrew Fleming Directed by: Andrew Fleming Featuring: Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd, Allison Pill, Jake McDorman, and Jack Gore Paul:“Wait, you have a grandson?” This has been such a very good year for comedies that there is always the risk of taking them for granted which after a terrible 2017 for the genre audiences should […]

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Film review: “The Equalizer 2” (2018)

“The Equalizer 2” (2018) Drama/Thriller Running Time: 129 minutes Written by: Richard Wenk Directed by: Antoine Fuqua Featuring: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Melissa Leo, and Bill Pullman Robert McCall: “They killed my friend. So I’m going to kill each and every one of them. And the only disappointment is that I only get to do it once.” After four years star Denzel Washington […]

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Film review: “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” (2018)

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout ” (2018) Thriller Running Time: 147 minutes Written by: Christopher McQuarrie Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie Featuring:  Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Henry Cavill and Angela Bassett August Walker: “How many times has Hunt’s government betrayed him, disavowed him, cast him aside? How long before a man like that has had enough?” Say what you want about Tom […]

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Film review: “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018)

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018) Action Running Time: 105 minutes Written by: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari Directed by: Peyton Reed Featuring: Paul Rudd,  Evangeline Lilly,  Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas Scott Lang: “I do some dumb things, and the people I love the […]


Film review: “Paterno” (2018)

“Paterno” (2018) Drama Running Time: 105 minutes Written by: Debora Cahn & John C. Richards Directed by: Barry Levinson Featuring: Al Pacino, Riley Keough, Kathy Baker, Greg Grunberg, Annie Parisse Sara Ganim: “Uh, I’m sorry. You said… 1976?” Movies about sports teams or personalities are a dime a dozen, every year in many formats they are released, normally very tightly controlled affairs, […]

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Film review: “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” (2018)

“Sicario: Day of the Soldado” (2018) Drama/Thriller Running Time: 122 minutes Written by: Taylor Sheridan Directed by: Stefano Sollima Featuring:  Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jeffrey Donovan, Isabela Moner, Catherine Keener, and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo Alejandro: [to Isabela] “You have no reason to trust me, but trusting me is how you’re going to survive.” There is no doubt in my mind that the release of “Sicario” (2015) […]

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Film review: “The Leisure Seeker” (2017)

“The Leisure Seeker” (2017) Drama/Comedy Running Time: 112 minutes Written by: Paolo Virzì, Francesca Archibugi, Francesco Piccolo and Stephen Amidon Directed by: Paolo Virzì Featuring: Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren Will Spencer: “So you know what happened, when was it, last year? I opened their bedroom door and she was on the bed and he was kneeling in front of her and… I […]

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Film review: “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018)

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018) Action Running Time: 128 minutes Written by: Colin Trevorrow & Derek Connolly Directed by: J. A. Bayona Featuring:  Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong, Jeff Goldblum , Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, Isabella Sermon, and Geraldine Chaplin Senator Sherwood: “Do these animals deserve the same protection given to other species? Or should they just be left […]

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Film review: “Hereditary” (2018)

“Hereditary” (2018) Horror Running Time: 127 minutes Written & Directed by: Ari Aster Featuring:  Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, and Gabriel Byrne Charlie: “Who’s gonna take care of me?” Annie: “Uh, excuse me? You don’t think I’m gonna take care of you?” Charlie: “But when you die?” While watching the new familial horror movie “Hereditary” (2018) I could not help but […]

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Movie review: “Tag” (2018)

“Crooked House”  (2018) Comedy Running Time: 95 minutes Written by: Rob McKittrick & Mark Steilen Directed by:  Jeff Tomsic Featuring: Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Hannibal Buress, Isla Fisher, Rashida Jones, Jon Hamm, Leslie Bibb, Jeremy Renner Sable: “What’s the difference between Episcopalian and Lutheran?” Randy: “Episcopalians don’t eat fish.” Sable: “That’s… pescatarian, that’s… not a religion.” Randy: “They’re all fanatics, I don’t know.” […]

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Film review: “Crooked House” (2017)

“Crooked House” (2017) Drama/Mystery Running Time: 95 minutes Written by: Julian Fellowes & Tim Rose Price & Gilles Paquet-Brenner Directed by:  Gilles Paquet-Brenner Featuring:  Max Irons, Terence Stamp, Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Abbington, Christina Hendricks, Julian Sands and Stefanie Martini Josephine: “The murderer is never the one you initially suspect.” The last few years has seen a resurgence in the adaptation’s of Agatha Christie novels […]

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Film review: “Ocean’s 8” (2018)

“Ocean’s 8” (2018) Thriller/Comedy Running Time: 110 minutes Written by: Gary Ross & Olivia Milch Directed by: Gary Ross Featuring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter Parole Officer: “Good afternoon, Miss Ocean. As you know parole is a privilege.” Debbie Ocean: “It’s a mistake. Uh, but it happened, and, um, if I were to be released, I would, um, I […]

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Film review: “A Quiet Place” (2018)

“A Quiet Place” (2018) Thriller/Horror Running Time: 90 minutes Written by: John Krasinski, Bryan Woods and Scott Beck Directed by:  John Krasinski Featuring: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe Evelyn: “Who are we if we can’t protect them? We have to protect them.” Thanks to various decisions as well as new production companies, I am looking at you Blumhouse, there seems to be more and […]

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Film review: “Kodachrome” (2017)

“Kodachrome ” (2017) Drama Running Time: 100 minutes Written by: Jonathan Tropper Directed by: Mark Raso Featuring: Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen, Bruce Greenwood, Wendy Crewson, and Dennis Haysbert Ben: “We’re all so frightened by time, the way it moves on and the way things disappear. That’s why we’re photographers. We’re preservationists by nature. We take pictures to stop time, to commit moments to eternity. Human […]

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Film review: “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (2018)

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” (2018) Sci-Fi Running Time: 135 minutes Written by: Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan Directed by: Ron Howard Featuring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany Han Solo: “I heard a story about you. I was wondering if it’s true.” Lando Calrissian: “Everything you’ve heard about me is true.” Was anyone really wanting a Han Solo origin story? […]

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Film review: “The Bookshop” (2018)

“The Bookshop” (2018) Drama Written & Directed by: Isabel Coixet Based on the novel by Penelope Fitzgerald Featuring: Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson and Bill Nighy From the novel:“Courage and endurance are useless if they are never tested.” To say that this movie represents aspects of life that are from a bygone age is an understatement, it is a period piece set in the 1950s, […]