Movie reviews

Joker

It’s sounds so simple.  A good movie combines two elements: visual interest and story.  And so many fail at either one or the other.  Not ‘Joker.’ ‘Joker’ works so brilliantly because while remaining true to the DC comic style and story, its’ star is no caricature but a multi faceted suffering, society critiquing and yes,

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Downton Abbey

It’s not perfect.  The forte of the British TV series ‘Downton Abbey’ is the scenery and costumes.  Otherwise, its a predictable soap opera with mostly likable characters.  The first half of the movie, “Hey!  Slow the camera, I want to see the scenery and costumes!”  Then, writer Julian Fellows’ bits and pieces of story fell,

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Yesterday

A bike accident that breaks Jack’s two front teeth changes the world.  A world where no one has ever heard of the Beatles. Danny Boyle, director of “Millions,” another ‘magical realism’ movie, plays with the idea of what real talent is, and makes fun of the industry that tries to sell it.  And, if we

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“Rocketman”

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”   This quote Winston Churchill wrote came to mind a half hour into “Rocketman.” I realized that the difference between this movie and “Bohemian Rhapsody” was that Elton John is still alive and Freddie Mercury of Queen was not when they made that

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Avengers Endgame

Epic.  We went to the 6:15 showing and didn’t leave the theatre til 9:45, after watching all the credits.  Every Hollywood actor throughout time had a part. Fresh writing.  Hulk has dealt with his anger issues.  The bad guy is evil but not grotesque.  Nice surprises in character development.   The Superheroes we love relating

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The Kid Who Would Be King

It’s British myth, King Arthur, retold in 2019 with a 12 year old boy.  It’s British humor, with a mesmerizing, quick witted ‘teen’ Merlin stealing the show.  London and Cornwall for settings.  The Four Point Chivalric Code explained for kids, as they ride the ‘coach’ on the M3 on their way to Tintagel. Now that

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Eighth Grade

“Eighth Grade” is a true and terrifying film.  Nominated for one Golden Globe, but ignored by the Oscars, it has won numerous acclaim.  We saw it on rental.   As if staring through the window of their suburban house, we witness a story about a 14 year old girl who lives alone except for a

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“Stan and Ollie”

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are totally believable as film legends Laurel and Hardy.  The settings, in Hollywood and Britain, are impeccably 1953.  The film looks great. Laurel and Hardy were comedians, but this is not a comedy but a snail’s pacing, melancholy story about their last years, when  they faced half empty seats

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Bohemian Rhapsody

(The Queen’s crown is in the picture; this movie is the story of the British rock group Queen and its’ lead singer Freddy Mercury). I love music; I was more into Broadway albums, Barbara Streisand, Judy Garland, Motown, the Beatles and romantic classical artists, like Rachmaninoff, than boy band groups like Queen. But I’m a

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BlackkKlansman

    Based on a remarkable true story, Adam Driver and John David Washington sell this. Loved it because it rang true and though not a happy film, the leads play heroic characters and I always go for that.   A bit preachy in one scene right at the end;  the filmmaker earned the right

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