Month: September 2017

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mother!: Viewers be warned!

You’re not going to like the new Jennifer Lawrence movie. It’s a slow, plodding arthouse melodrama filled with allegory and widely open to interpretation. If you can make it through the entire two-hour running time, you’ll be stunned how a film like this gets made. But that’s just the way director Darren Aronofsky likes it. He relishes how audiences have left “mother!” in disgust, … Read More mother!: Viewers be warned!

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American Assassin: A most lethal weapon

There’s a room with a half-dozen armed terrorists that need to be taken down. It’s possible to slowly take them out one by one using stealth and smarts, or by just running in the room and shooting them all in the head. “American Assassin” is the kind of movie that breaks down the door and shoots all the terrorists in the head. With a … Read More American Assassin: A most lethal weapon

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Home Again: Playing it comfortably safe

Reese Witherspoon’s newest movie, the romantic comedy “Home Again,” is a soft pillow and warm blanket to wrap up in. It doesn’t matter how well the pillow is made or if the blanket is itchy. Comfort is what counts. Such is the case with “Home Again,” an overly familiar, safe romantic comedy in the vein of a Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan vehicle, yet … Read More Home Again: Playing it comfortably safe

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard: Witless protection

Hollywood’s going to get the wrong idea. It doesn’t matter that action-comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” has zero major competition at the box office or was released in a month where studio films go to die. All that truly matters, unfortunately, is that the Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson movie just clinched its third consecutive week at number one in national ticket sales. That … Read More The Hitman’s Bodyguard: Witless protection