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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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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The Bubble

This comedy of errors about a film production (of the super-cheesy ‘Cliff Beasts 6’) during the early days of the COVID lockdown is heavy on the errors and unfortunately light on the comedy. Written and directed by Judd Apatow, the film does have intermittent spots of fresh, hit-your-mark laughs, but […]

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The Weekend Away

Leighton Meester dips her toes in the pulpy ‘Woman in the Window’/’Girl on the Train’ suspense-thriller waters and makes it out relatively unscathed. It’s not eminently memorable and relies on a few too many contrivances to be considered an unqualified success, but as movies like this go, it’s not terrible. […]

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No Exit

Though it tries a little too hard in its attempt to be a Hitchcockian, twist-filled thriller, this Hulu original still manages to be at least somewhat effective in its goals. The tale of a half-dozen people stranded at a winter rest stop takes a little too long to get going […]

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Blacklight

Another day, another Liam Neeson action thriller. This time, our hero is an FBI fixer who uncovers nefarious truths inside the agency and goes on a one-man mission to take out the bad guys (all of whom are half his age and have much bigger guns). There’s little about this […]

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Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

The fourth installment in this kid-friendly monster series comes without the voice talents of regulars Adam Sandler and Kevin James and also the guidance of 1-through-3’s director Genndy Tartakovsky (though he does have a co-writing credit), but it still flies along just fine. When Drac and crew accidentally become human, […]

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