Category Archives: Reviews

Reviews of current releases.

ALADDIN

There’s no point in rehashing the plot of Aladdin, Disney’s 2019 live-action remake of their similarly titled 1992 animated film — screenwriters John August and Guy Ritchie (who also directs) closely follow the story of a diamond-in-the-rough street rat and … Continue reading

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ANIARA

Science fiction writers and dreamers have long been fascinated with the concept of life beyond Earth. Maybe it’s on the dark side of the Moon, maybe it’s on Mars; maybe Titan, maybe another solar system altogether. Surely we can’t be … Continue reading

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POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU

Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) just received a phone call that Dad is missing, presumed dead. No matter, Goodman and pops have been estranged for some time now — ever since Goodman lost his mother years ago — and with all … Continue reading

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RAMEN SHOP (RAMEN TEH)

Japan, modern day: an emotionally distant father dies. His son, Masato (Takumi Saito), who also lost his mother at an earlier age, decides to close down his father’s, now his, ramen stand, leave his dog with friends, and head off … Continue reading

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MISSING LINK

Every studio should be allowed a dud now and then. Trouble is, money is involved and those holding the purse strings rarely have patience when a dud falls into their hands. Laika, the stop-motion animation studio known for Coraline (2009), … Continue reading

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DIANE

Diane (Mary Kay Place) has a heavy load. Her cousin (Deirdre O’Connell) is dying from cervical cancer, and her son (Jake Lacy) is a junkie. One wants her help, the other doesn’t, but that doesn’t stop Diane. Watching her, you … Continue reading

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US

The story of Us begins in 1986, on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with a young girl, Adelaide Wilson (Madison Curry), and her two parents. Dad’s a little drunk, but he does manage to win her a Thriller t-shirt and … Continue reading

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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD

Picking up shortly after the events in How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014), How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World thrusts Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his trusty dragon, Toothless into the world of adulthood. Accompanying the Chief of … Continue reading

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THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

When the heir of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated on June 28, 1914, the movies had just learned to walk. D.W. Griffith’s masterpieces — racists and otherwise — were still a year or two off, a mere … Continue reading

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GLASS

How do comic books work? M. Night Shyamalan knows, and he’d really like you to know. Not how comic books work; Shyamalan wants you to know that he knows how comic books work. It’s an important distinction (though I’m not … Continue reading

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