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  • Maudie

    Maudie

    ★★★½

    A superbly acted and photographed love story about two souls who struggle to express their love for one another. It may be my 3rd favorite feature in this unusually strong summer season.

    Where the movie falters, as a lot of biopics do, is not knowing where to call it quits; the film for the most part centers on Maud's and Everett's turbulent, emotionally taut relationship, and there's a scene about 15 minutes before the credits that would have been the…

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    ★★

    A lady was acting sick inside the theater last night and kept a manager occupied for at least half an hour. I think she may have gone to see Valerian in 3D.

    Perhaps a better title for Luc Besson's new project would be Dane Dehaan Cringe: the movie. He and Rihanna together have convinced me that Cara Delevingne's acting chops aren't half bad.

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  • The Book of Henry

    The Book of Henry

    ½

    Holy moly. This is one of those movies that defies words and simply must be seen to be believed, but I'll give it my best shot anyway. Herein we have such delights as:

    * Gifted children, again
    * Smartass kids talking back to adults
    * Parents listening to said smartass children and even relying on one of them for financial counseling
    * Adult-child role reversal taken to such an extreme that Mom rages at Gears of War and needs to…

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Why did Miss Peregrine have a crossbow of all things to fend off the razor-toothed slendermen monsters? Is gun control so stringent where she comes from that she had to settle for a weapon that takes a full minute to reload?

    Such a terrible, generic, mechanical script with not one, but two terrible, unearned romances. The whole thing felt like a poor man's Harry Potter movie.