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Recent Reviews

These are our latest reviews of movies at theaters, at the art house, or at festivals.

Dune (2021)

**1/22021, Denis Villeneuve

The unfilmable has been filmed. Again.

The presentation is as hot as the Arrakis mid-day sun, but Dune’s story is still as cold as the desert night.

The French Dispatch

***1/22021, Wes Anderson

If it’s a self-indulgence at first, it soon after becomes a shared indulgence.

With its focus on the craft of writing and a huge (as in ginormous) ensemble cast, The French Dispatch is genuine Oscar bait.

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Halloween Kills

***2021, David Gordon Green

I’ts becoming clear there’s some sort of method to director David Gordon Green’s madness.

Halloween Kills is an absolute trainwreck of a movie, but it’s a trainwreck by design.

No Time to Die

****2021, Cary Joji Fukunaga

It all culminates in some breathtaking creative choices.

It’s a major achievement for any movie to make an audience feel something — anything. But to come to the end of the line with Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as James Bond and feel rattled not by the action but by the emotional core of the storyline is quite a testament to the narrative strengths of the Craig installments.

The Last Duel

***2021, Ridley Scott

It’s a case of narrative cleverness getting in the way of and clouding the heart of the story.

In Gladiator, there’s the great line, “What we do in life echoes in eternity.” That thought is the foundation for The Last Duel’s greatest value: seeing how those events from centuries ago still echo through society today.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

*1/22021, Andy Serkis

Turns out, this one’s a throwback to the days when comic book movies were quickly dismissed as junk.

The “carnage” in this sequel’s title refers to all the quality talent that’s laid to waste.

Dear Evan Hansen

*1/22021, Stephen Chbosky

By the end of it all, this Dear Evan Hansen is less galvanizing and more frustrating.

Dear Evan Hansen, I’m sorry. I know you mean well, but your movie is hard to watch.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

***2021, Michael Showalter

You can’t move forward by looking in the rearview mirror of your life.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye offers a surprisingly balanced revelation of the ‘80s heydays of televangelism.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

***1/22021, Destin Daniel Cretton

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings should’ve opened Phase 4 of the MCU.

Shang-Chi presents a host of fresh faces that take the Marvel Cinematic Universe into an exciting new realm of possibilities.

The Protege

***2021, Martin Campbell

While The Protege stumbles, it’s still a solid piece of action entertainment.

Hot on the heels of The Suicide Squad, The Protégé is another ultra-violent action flick stuffed with some nifty twists that upend the genre.

Free Guy

***2021, Shawn Levy

Take Free Guy for what it is: a fun little lark that throws off an agreeable ‘80s-movie vibe.

Free Guy is kind of like Stuart Smalley. He’s smart enough, he’s good enough and — gosh darn it — people like him.

The Suicide Squad

****2021, James Gunn

t all works so well because the movie doesn’t back down from its universe.

The Suicide Squad is shocking, salacious, subversive and scurrilous. It’s also sensational.

Jungle Cruise

***1/2Jaume Collet-Serra

What starts as a high-level lark gradually gets more and more detailed with the history.

Buoyed by the chemistry between Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson, Jungle Cruise takes full advantage of its humor-filled source material as it grows into a fun ride all its own.

The Green Knight

***2021, David Lowery

Lowery seems determined to keep the material inaccessible rather than embracing the popular aspects.

This yarn of knights in not-so-shining armor is not for everybody, but the taxing tale is tenacious enough to claw its way to an impactful conclusion.


*1/22021, M. Night Shyamalan

Unfortunately, nothing happens that’s particularly scary.

Old disproves the adage “with age comes wisdom.”