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"All the Money In the World" Movie Review by Van Roberts

The two things that distinguish Ridley Scott’s mediocre kidnap thriller “All the Money in the World” (** OUT OF ****) are Christopher Plummer’s impeccable performance as billionaire oil baron J. 990 more words

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"The Shape of Water" Movie Review by Van Roberts

Imagine the Universal Pictures’ horror classic “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954) revamped as a romantic escapade, and you’ll have some idea what to expect from “Hellboy” helmer Guillermo del Toro’s supernatural saga “The Shape of Water” (*** OUT OF *****), starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, and Michael Shannon.  955 more words

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"Six Bullets to Hell" Movie Review by Van Roberts

The people who produced the half-baked horse opera “Six Bullets to Hell” (* OUT OF ****) craved the Spaghetti Westerns that stampeded across Techniscope screens in cinemas during the 1960s and the 1970s.  970 more words

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"Wonder" Movie Review Van Roberts

Hollywood loves to recycle the same old same old, lest we forget some stories are universal to every generation.  “Perks of a Wall Flower” director Stephen Chbosky’s family-friendly feature “Wonder” (*** OUT OF ****), about a ten-year old lad with facial deformities, reminds us that physical looks aren’t everything.   966 more words

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"Thor: Ragnarok" Movie Review by Van Roberts

Chris Hemsworth looks like he had a blast making “Eagle Vs Shark” director Taika Waititi’s colorful, tongue-in-cheek, superhero saga “Thor: Ragnarok” (**** OUT OF ****), the third—and best–entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe about the Asgardian God of Thunder.   1,193 more words

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"Overdrive" Movie Review by Van Roberts

Scott Eastwood and Freddie Thorp co-star as career criminals in “Transit” director Antonio Negret’s “Overdrive” (*** OUT OF ****), a slickly-made, adrenalin-laced, hijack thriller lensed on the picturesque French Riviera about cunning car thieves.   968 more words

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"Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween!" Movie Review by Van Roberts

Compared to the nine other movies about Mabel Simmons, “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween!” (** OUT ****) qualifies as surprisingly lame and lightweight.  I’ve laughed myself silly at all of Madea’s madcap misadventures, but this sequel to last year’s box office sensation “Boo! 959 more words

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