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‘Dumplin” Review: Jennifer Aniston Shines In Netflix Holiday Comedy That’s Also A Shrine To Dolly Parton

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It is pretty futile to try to resist the charms of the new Netflix comedy Dumplin’, which the streamer is unwrapping just in time for the holidays. There is really nothing startlingly new about this concept or even its execution, but the sheer fun and smiles that it brings are more welcome than they ever were at this time. It is a good-spirited story, oft told, about the importance of being true to who you are inside even if others try to put you down or say you can’t… Read

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‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ Review: Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie Fiercely Bring #MeToo Movement To 16th Century

Mary Queen Of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots may not be 100% historically accurate, but I don’t really care. When dealing with events and people who lived 500 years ago, we can forgive getting all the facts exactly correct. Hell, we have enough problems getting the facts right about our leaders who are living right now. What this film does particularly well, no matter what historians mightrgue, is that it is a crackerjack drama about two fiercely independent women making their strong voices heard… Read

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The Show To Watch This Week: Review Of ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’, ‘Memories Of The Alhambra’, ‘Berlin Station’ & ‘Nightflyers’

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Besides the show you have to watch, there are three things you need to know about the top TV to tune in for this week. One, variety is the spice of life; and two, if you don't know your jewels, know your jeweler. There are some shiny genres jumping with tomorrow's launch of Memories of the Alhambra on Netflix, the Season 3 opener of Berlin Station on Epix and the debut of Nightflyers on Syfy on Sunday, and the return of Emmy winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for a second… Read

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‘The Favourite’ Review: Emma Stone & Rachel Weisz Are All About Queen Olivia Colman In Deliciously Witty Rivalry Movie

The Favourite

It may be set in the 18th century in the reign of an ailing and flighty Queen Anne, but the movie The Favourite resembles the most is really the back-biting Broadway dramedy All About Eve. This one could be called All About Abigail, which is the name of the character Emma Stone plays in this deliciously amusing romp that provides three stellar roles for three stellar actresses at the top of their game. The provider here is director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose previous films Do… Read

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‘Robin Hood’ Review: Taron Egerton & Jamie Foxx Fire Arrows Fast And Furious But Come Up Short Of Target

Robin Hood

Let’s face it, Robin Hood has been around in cinematic form since the beginning of movies. Many a male star has tried it to varying degrees of success at one time or another: Douglas Fairbanks, Errol Flynn, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Richard Todd and on and on. We’ve seen the light side with a Mel Brooks takeoff, and attempts by John Cleese and Cary Elwes. Even Frank Sinatra contemporized the legend in the 1964 musical Robin and the Seven Hoods. Even though he didn’t… Read

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‘Creed II’ Review: Michael B. Jordan & Sly Stallone Return With A Russian Rematch That Has The ‘Rocky’ Formula Down Pat

Creed II

It is not surprising to see Sylvester Stallone’s name on the screenplay credit for Creed II (with co-writer Juel Taylor) because the film follows all the rules of Rocky movies — even if the title character is now named Creed. It’s got all the elements you would expect, particularly the underdog angle (even though Adonis Creed has become world heavyweight champion), the workout montage (this time in the desert), the personal story of marriage and a baby, the bruising fight… Read

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‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ Review: Hilarious Sequel To ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Is Another Disney Winner

Wreck-It Ralph was an unexpected delight when it came out six years ago, and it immediately became another in a long line of animated box office hits for Disney. Inevitably that would indicate we were headed for a sequel, and now finally we have one. In the first film, video game villain Ralph (John C. Reilly) wreaked havoc on the arcade in which he lived, even though what he really longed for was to be a hero. In Ralph Breaks the Internet, the lovable lug’s sledgehammer… Read

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The Show To Watch This Week: Review Of ‘Narcos: Mexico,’ ‘Escape At Dannemora,’ ‘Little Drummer Girl’ & ‘Origin’

At this point deep into the fall TV season and with the inevitably busy pre-Thanksgiving weekend looming, you'd think that the era of Peak TV would give viewers some time to catch their breath and nail down their turkey plans – well think again. Which is why we're decided to do our reviews a little differently this week and go through the menu in one go, as you can see in the video review above. Starting today and going until the beginning of next week, there's a feast of… Read

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‘Instant Family’ Review: Mark Wahlberg In Well-Meaning Foster Care Comedy Mixing A Message With Laughs

The new comedy set in the world of foster care homes, Instant Family, lays on the laughs and the messages in equal doses, but also ought to be an instant family movie pleaser, perfectly suited to the holiday period and aimed at those who ate up star Mark Wahlberg’s Daddy’s Home and its sequel. Wahlberg has turned into a very adept comedic star, faring better in this kind of film lately than some of his action pictures. He is nicely paired with the ever-watchable and… Read

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‘At Eternity’s Gate’ Review: Willem Dafoe & Julian Schnabel Paint Stunning Portrait Of Vincent Van Gogh

There have been many cinematic takes on the great artist Vincent Van Gogh, notably Kirk Douglas’ Oscar-nominated turn in 1956’s Lust For Life and Robert Altman’s penetrating Vincent and Theo, but director, and artist himself, Julian Schnabel has managed to do something completely personal and original in At Eternity’s Gate. This is probably a movie that could only come from one artist examining the life of another, and Schnabel in his filmmaking efforts has always seemed… Read

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‘Green Book’ Review: Viggo Mortensen & Mahershala Ali On Memorable Road Trip That Should End At The Oscars

Every now and then a movie comes along at the right time. That time is now, and that movie is Green Book. This film about a road trip through the Deep South in 1962 between world-renowned black concert pianist Don Shirley and a white bouncer-enforcer named Tony "The Lip" Vallelonga, who became his driver, and then his friend is, in a word, glorious. As I say in my video review (click the link above to watch), it might be the best film you will see all year. And the fact… Read

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‘Widows’ Review: Viola Davis Leads Strong Ensemble In Heist Film With A Social Twist

In 1983 director Steve McQueen, eventual Best Picture Oscar winner for 12 Years a Slave, became obsessed with a British miniseries called Widows about a group of women who decide to finish a robbery that their criminal husbands died trying to pull off. In a collaboration with Gone Girl screenwriter Gillian Flynn, McQueen finally has found a way to bring it to the big screen while switching gears from his gritty indie movies to the action genre; moving the locale from… Read