Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin

This cute new Peanuts short serves as the origin story of Franklin Armstrong, the first African-American character in the Charlie Brown universe. It’s a perfectly pleasant offering (executive produced by Charles Schulz’s son and grandson) that breezily moves along, telling the tale of how Franklin came to town and struggled […]

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Bob Marley: One Love

Kingsley Ben-Adir (‘One Night in Miami…’) leads the way as the reggae superstar in this admirable biopic from director Reinaldo Marcus Green (‘King Richard’). Though it’s a little paint-by-numbers and feels somewhat sugar-coated in the end, particularly given all the turmoil in Marley’s life, fans will love the portrait of […]

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Lover Stalker Killer

This latest Netflix documentary is a captivating Midwestern missing person/stalker/murder/what-the-heck-is-going-on story that builds and builds until we all arrive together at the entirely off-the-rails conclusion. Director Sam Hobkinson does a commendable job painting the picture of a supremely bizarre love triangle, blending present-day interviews, police interrogation footage, recreations, and oh-so-many […]

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They Called Him Mostly Harmless

The puzzling tale of an Appalachian Trail hiker whose body was discovered in a tent in Florida in 2018 is the subject of what ultimately is a mildly frustrating documentary from director Patricia Gillespie. The crux of the film is the nationwide effort to identify the off-the-grid man (which ends […]

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Argylle

Bryce Dallas Howard stars as a cat-lady spy novelist in this all-over-the-place, wildly convoluted action comedy from director Matthew Vaughn (the ‘Kingsmen’ franchise). When the plot from her latest book hits a little too close to home, she finds herself chased by bad guys who think she might know the […]

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The Greatest Night in Pop

Put four dozen of America’s greatest pop artists together in one room for one night, and there’s bound to be some good stories there. And yes, indeed, there were. Chronicling the recording of USA for Africa’s ‘We Are the World’ charity single in January of 1985, this documentary is a […]

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Which Brings Me to You

Nat Wolff and Lucy Hale co-star in this surprisingly smart and heartfelt romance about two forlorn souls who meet at a wedding and embark on a ‘Before Sunrise’-style night of getting to know each other. The chemistry between the two carries the film along, and the witty and effective script […]

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Role Play

Hot on the heels of last month’s perfectly fine ‘The Family Plan’ (and countless others that have come before it), this so-so film about an assassin (Kaley Cuoco) who hides her secret from loved ones does benefit from a decent sense of danger and a nice smattering of comedy, but […]

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Self Reliance

Actor Jake Johnson (‘New Girl’) makes his directing debut with this allegory about loneliness in a desperate world—starring as Tommy, a guy living a drone-like, solitary existence who gets offered the chance to win a million dollars by Andy Samberg (playing himself). The proposition is simple enough: survive for thirty […]

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Lift

Struggling mightily to launch Kevin Hart’s career as a serious action star, this all-over-the-place ‘Ocean’s 11’ wannabe finds the comic as the ringleader of a heist gang hired by Interpol to foil an even larger heist. Not nearly as clever (or believable) as the ‘Oceans’ films, however, the film crumbles […]

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