Movie Reviews

Movie Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ falls short of successful Harry Potter series

Movie Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ falls short of successful Harry Potter series

There’s a lot to discuss about “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Mostly bad things but some good. But the main thing you should know is that a character actually says, “Wonna youse guys” at one point. Yes, “Wonna youse guys” leaves a character’s mouth and enters our ears where it builds a nest […]

On the big screen: Eddie Redmayne stars in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ opening Nov. 17

On the big screen: Eddie Redmayne stars in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ opening Nov. 17

In theaters: BAD SANTA 2 — Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus, to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. R, 92 minutes ALLIED — In 1942 North Africa, intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour on […]

Movie Review: ‘Trolls’ takes you to a ‘candy-colored world’ that’s not too bad

Movie Review: ‘Trolls’ takes you to a ‘candy-colored world’ that’s not too bad

Writing this review is a struggle. I don’t want to be in front of a computer screen right now. I’m not sure I want to be anywhere right now. If I could, I would crawl right into the cinematic universe of “Police Academy 6: City Under Siege” and stand on the back of a monster […]

On the big screen: Eddie Redmayne stars in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ opening Nov. 17

On the big screen: Eddie Redmayne stars in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ opening Nov. 17

In theaters: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM — A magizoologist makes a brief stop in 1926 New York but is waylaid by a Muggle, a misplaced magical case and the escape of some fantastic beasts. PG13, 132 minutes THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN — Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is […]

Movie Review: Marvel Stuidos gets its right with ‘Doctor Strange’

Movie Review: Marvel Stuidos gets its right with ‘Doctor Strange’

For those keeping score, “Doctor Strange” marks the 14th entry in Marvel Studios’ nigh unstoppable Cinematic Universe. It is, basically, what you would expect from the franchise at this point. It’s another origin story featuring a quippy, lovable prick-protagonist who is forced to learn some degree of humility and the cosmic, world destroying, threat he […]

On the big screen: ‘Amost Christmas,’ ‘Arrival,’ and ‘Shut In’ open this weekend

On the big screen: ‘Amost Christmas,’ ‘Arrival,’ and ‘Shut In’ open this weekend

In theaters: ALMOST CHRISTMAS — A beloved patriarch asks his family members for one gift this holiday season: to get along. With Danny Glover and John Michael Higgins. PG-13, 112 minutes ARRIVAL — When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team, led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams), is brought together […]

Movie Review: ‘Inferno’ lacks a solid spark

Movie Review: ‘Inferno’ lacks a solid spark

It makes sense that Ron Howard would be the director who would adapt Dan Brown’s novels for the silver screen. Both men make the kind of entertainment-like product that is consumed by an undiscerning majority who don’t read many books or watch many films. They are both masters of the form if the form is […]

Movie Review: ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ will make you want to run away

Movie Review: ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ will make you want to run away

There’s something moldy and deeply unappealing about “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.” Seeing this movie is like going to an estate sale and the only thing left are multiple, damp copies of the same Tom Clancy novel. It’s like watching an episode of “Jag” in the day room of a nursing home. This unwanted sequel […]

Movie Review: Ben Affleck uncovers more than shady record keeping in ‘The Accountant’

Movie Review: Ben Affleck uncovers more than shady record keeping in ‘The Accountant’

If it wasn’t playing in theaters nationwide, “The Accountant” would sound like a bad lie told poorly. Its “Bourne Identity”-meets-“Rain Man” premise feels like the kind of movie that should be playing on a double-bill with “Asses of Fire” in South Park, Colo., or at the very least, a starring vehicle for Ben Stiller’s dim […]

Movie Review: ‘The Girl on the Train’ trashy despite Emily Blunt’s performance

Movie Review: ‘The Girl on the Train’ trashy despite Emily Blunt’s performance

“The Girl on the Train” wants to be “Gone Girl” in the worst possible way. Much like the David Fincher movie it desperately apes, “The Girl on the Train” exposes the seamy underbelly of a suburban storybook marriage and the empty Restoration Hardware catalog of a life it entails. Additionally, “The Girl on the Train” […]

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