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  • Doctor Sleep

    Doctor Sleep

    ★★★★

    Doctor Sleep faces a task that is hard for any film to face. It has to face the fact it is a sequel to one of the best known and best regarded horror films in screen history, The Shining (1980). Like the earlier film, this too is drawn from a book by Stephen King, and it too makes changes from the book it is based on (I kind of feel after reading the difference that one part of the book's…

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★

    Look, filmmakers over the years have made some crazy, bold satires. I saw one last night just before this one from 1970 that was a bold take on skewering racism, and that film worked because it was as pointed as an arrow and hit its aim directly. Jojo Rabbit, on the other hand, misses its aim, and while sequences work the film is not satisfying in the whole. In fact, at times it is downright appalling.

    It kind of feels…

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  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★★★

    I'm not usually a fan of recent R-rated comedies, but this one did indeed work for me. Although I already knew about some details of the plot, one of the main reasons I even watched this was because of Rachel McAdams, and she is in fine comic fettle, a true dynamo, here whipping her way through the proceedings with plenty of sass and charm (even though her reading of Amanda Plummer's notorious line from Pulp Fiction doesn't quite reach the…

  • The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

    ★★★★½

    If anything, this film is one of a kind. It is definitely not a traditional western, and even with some serious patches in there, its not quite like the new neo-Westerns. Instead, this film blends together farce, slapstick, gallows humor (literally as well as figuratively), social satire, an elegy for the Old West, and the passage of time. It succeeds with flying colors, even in spite of a slightly sluggish first 10 minutes. But when it does catch fire, shortly…