Christmas with the Campbells

Co-written by Vince Vaughan, this raunchy take on a Hallmark holiday movie does have a couple of moments that make it pseudo-worth a watch… but not much more than that. Brittany Snow is a photographer who decides to spend the holidays with her ex’s parents (George Wendt and Julia Duffy) […]

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Rosaline

Along the lines of ‘Wicked’ and ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’, director Karen Maine’s ‘Rosaline’ offers a unique take on an established literary work. (This time, it’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’.) Unlike those examples, however, this thing starts wearing out its welcome fairly early on, relying on the same joke over […]

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Mr. Harrigan’s Phone

Another Stephen King adaptation and another collective ‘meh’. Based on the 2020 short story, this tale of a kid whose elderly benefactor helps him out from beyond the grave, simmers along just fine… but never really comes to a full boil. Director John Lee Hancock (who also adapted the screenplay) […]

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Luckiest Girl Alive

Based on the best-selling novel by Jessica Knoll (who also wrote the screenplay), this pulpy drama stars Mila Kunis as a boarding school rape victim who also survived a school shooting and is now dealing with the fallout. Despite Kunis’ hefty (and possibly career-best) performance, it’s tough to shake the […]

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Samaritan

Sylvester Stallone (yep, he’s still kicking it at age 76) stars in this superhero flick about a long-ago crusader living in anonymity in the fictional Granite City… until a precocious kid discovers his true identity. Good timing, because a local bad guy is starting to wreak havoc. It’s not a […]

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Not Okay

While certainly relevant and ultimately haunting, this satiric dram-com written and directed by Quinn Shephard is a difficult watch. Zoey Deutch turns heads as Danni, as a schlubby loser who dreams of getting some Insta likes when all of a sudden fame finds her. While lying about being on a […]

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The Man from Toronto

Take Kevin Hart’s ‘Central Intelligence’ and swap out Dwayne Johnson for Woody Harrelson, and you’re there… except it’s about hitmen, not spies. Hart yet again plays the woefully inadequate fish out of water and spends the better part of the film whining about how he can’t do certain tasks. Sure […]

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A Perfect Pairing

When is a Hallmark movie not a Hallmark movie? When it’s trite and gooey and silly… and on Netflix, of course. Not to be confused (or maybe so!) with the wine-themed “The Perfect Pairing”, which hit Hallmark in January, this one finds a wine broker played by Victoria Justice at […]

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Anaïs in Love

The easiest comparison is to the Norwegian instant classic ‘The Worst Person in the World’, but this French effort isn’t quite in the same league despite being also centered around a flighty young single woman who steals the show out from under everyone else. While a much more beautiful film […]

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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

The third installment in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ trilogy rebounds quite a bit from the sluggish second entry but still can’t come close to holding a candle to the original Harry Potter films. In and of itself, it’s not a terrible film (thanks in large part to Jude Law’s capable turn […]

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