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Review: TOY STORY 4

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Review: TOY STORY 4

By Josh Muchly I’ll take a Disney sequel over a Disney do-over any Friday night at the movies. Upshot: The fourth installment of the popular franchise focuses on Woody (Tom Hanks) and the conflict between his duty to child-owner Bonnie and his desire to live with Bo Peep (Annie Potts). Rundown: The opening scene begins with […]

Review: ALADDIN (2019)

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Review: ALADDIN (2019)

By Josh Muchly I’m no fan of the live-action Disney do-overs. But — The upshot: A live-action version of the animated Disney feature from 1992. High-point: Will Smith. I’m shocked that I’m saying this, but, yes, Smith brings the magic and spark of life this movie needed. Like many people, I was dismayed at my first […]

Review: ENDGAME

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Review: ENDGAME

By Josh Muchly Only half of the film is done right…. Upshot: The 4th film in the “Avengers” franchise and the 2nd part of the Battle against Thanos. Spoilers: Yes Rundown: It isn’t easy to make a solid second-installment one year after the first. Sometimes brand fatigue sets in, and rushed production results in shoddy […]

Review: MID90s

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Review: MID90s

By Josh Muchly An enticing balance of humor and the dramatic Upshot: Stevie (Sunny Suljic), a thirteen-year-old in 1990s-era Los Angeles navigating adolescence and his troubled home life, spends a summer with a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop. Rundown: This is a labor of love by Jonah Hill. […]

Review: THE FAREWELL at the Las Vegas Film Festival

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Review: THE FAREWELL at the Las Vegas Film Festival

By Josh Muchly It’s timely, stylistic, and heartwarming. Upshot: When a Chinese family is informed their grandmother (“Nai Nai”) has only a short while left to live, they decide to keep her in the dark about it. They schedule a wedding as an excuse to gather everyone together before she dies, and in an attempt to […]

Review: MARY POPPINS RETURNS

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Review: MARY POPPINS RETURNS

By Josh Muchly I saw what I needed to see in the first half hour Upshot: “In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she […]

Review: HOLMES & WATSON

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Review: HOLMES & WATSON

By Josh Muchly Perhaps I’m just a John C. Reilly stan. Upshot: A comedic take on the adventures of Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson. Rundown: It would be disingenuous of me to say this film is “so bad its good.” Not only is that a cop-out, it’s simply not true in my estimation. Some of it is actually bad: […]

Review: STAN & OLLIE

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Review: STAN & OLLIE

By Josh Muchly You don’t watch a movie like this for the twists and turns; you watch for the magic. And it’s magical indeed. Upshot: A story centering on Laurel and Hardy’s UK farewell tour in the early 1950s, an adaptation of a book by A.J. Marriot. High-point: Steve Coogan, hands down. You’ll be blown away […]

Review: CAT STICKS from the Sundance Film Festival

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Review: CAT STICKS from the Sundance Film Festival

By Josh Muchly Upshot: Premiering at this year’s Sundance, CAT STICKS is a black and white film from India, the singular film from that country at the annual festival. Based in Calcutta and presented in Hindi, first-time writer/ director Ronny Sen centers the film on people towards the fringes of society — due to unfortunate happenstance […]

Review: Oscar-nominated COLD WAR

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Review: Oscar-nominated COLD WAR

By Josh Muchly Upshot: Two artists, Zula (Joanna Kulig) and Wiktor ( Tomasz Kot) fall in love in communist Poland post-WWII. However, their yearning for one another, their artistic endeavors and, indeed, their very survival keep them from a lasting union even as their fates continue to intertwine. Rundown: Though the most talked-about foreign film in this awards […]

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