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  • Venom

    Venom

    ★★★

    This is the ultimate “just go with it” movie. When Michelle Williams showed up as a hot female Venom, logic and reason left the building. I was forced into submission.

  • A Simple Favor

    A Simple Favor

    ★★★

    A SIMPLE FAVOR shares its DNA with GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, two popular thrillers from the past few years. Darcy Bell’s novel is a fun point-of-view two-hander about women exercising agency in light of past secrets and lies. While our two main characters seem nothing alike on the surface, they share a similar heart. Paul Feig’s adaptation sands down some of the novel’s rough edges for better and worse in this comedic take on a Hitchcock-ian…

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  • A Shot in the Dark

    A Shot in the Dark

    ★★★★

    It's hard for me to judge A SHOT IN THE DARK based on its own merits, as I usually do, because I watched it on the request of my son, Tommy. Tommy is almost 14, and has autism. For the last few years he has been obsessed with film composers. He can recite the IMDb filmographies of most with savant-like precision, and often corrects me. His current favorite is Henry Mancini, and he asked me to sit down and watch…

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★★

    There’s a long tradition of movies about television broadcasting. The two most successful are Sidney Lumet’s NETWORK and James L. Brooks’ BROADCAST NEWS. Both satirize telejournalism with a keen eye, revealing the shady behavior beneath the public image of integrity. Those films were made in the 70s and 80s, respectively. Since, the cynical attitude towards American journalism has only grown. We all know networks are in it for the ratings. We know getting us “truth” in journalism is not as…