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  • The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train

    ★★★

    An R-rated potboiler that might have been a Lifetime special if rated PG, "The Girl on the Train" starts slow and meanders about with its back-and-forth leaps in time and unreliable narrator in the form of Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt), a woman buried in the bottle due to her inability to conceive and subsequent divorce.

    There are three separate beauties (Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett) drawn into this tangled web that might spell murder, and various potential culprits for whatever…

  • Passengers

    Passengers

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "Passengers" is a highly conflicted movie, or at least one that generates inner turmoil and frustration while viewing. The shame is that something might have been salvaged, with a genre change and the excision/alteration of a few key scenes.
    It's difficult to discuss the movie intelligently without spoilers, so this is your warning if you've yet to see the movie.
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    James (Chris Pratt) awakens from suspended animation on a one-way trip to Homestead…

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★

    Whether the reverberations of Lucas' first trilogy here are viewed as a homage and bridge between the old and new or as a lack of imagination will depend on one's personal tastes and the long-term intentions of the creative staff.

    There is a LOT of "The Force Awakens" that echoed things we've seen before. Some of the settings seem awfully familiar even if given other names, and from a high-concept level there's not much of a plot (First Order AKA…

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★★½

    In some ways, "Civil War" scans as an Avengers movie, as it is mainly concerned with the team's future on the international level and has a huge roster of probably 13-14 heroes. (At some point, I lost count.) But somehow the Russos pull this off without really diluting the characters; everyone seems to get the amount of face time they deserve based on the dynamics of plot and relationship, and each is firmly established in terms of what they want,…