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Review of “Tomb Raider (2018)”

* * * B The 2018 remake of Tomb Raider, starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, is surprisingly good. There are some excellent supporting actors, including Dominic West as Lara’s father Richard and Daniel “Gul’dan” Wu as sidekick Lu Ren. Walton Goggins is solid as villain Mathias Vogel. … Continue reading

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Review of “Death Wish”

* * * B Death Wish is a remake of the 1974 film starring Charles Bronson. This time, Dr. Paul Kersey is played by Bruce “McClane” Willis. The movie does a good job of updating this tale of revenge where … Continue reading

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Is Ocean’s 8 a Flop?

Ocean’s 8 has continued the recent trend of gender flipping an existing franchise, exemplified by Ghostbusters 2016, and, to a lesser extent, The Force Awakens. While Ghostbusters is generally seen as a flop, The Force Awakens was a clear success. … Continue reading

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Review of “Hannibal” (TV series)

 * * * B Hannibal gets off to a very strong start with its excellent first season. The second season is very good. Unfortunately, the final season is weak. In the title roll, Mads Mikkelsen is chilling as the good Doctor. … Continue reading

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Review of “Spinning Man”

* D Spinning Man was a two star thriller right up until the end. It built tension well. When a young woman disappears, suspicion falls on university professor Evan Birch (Guy Pearce). At first his wife Ellen (Minnie Driver) stands … Continue reading

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Review of “Ready Player One” (mild spoilers)

* * * B Ready Player One is a science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg. The hero of the story, Wade (Tye Sheridan) is a loser from the bad side of Cincinnati, but in the on-line world of Oasis, … Continue reading

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Review of “Safe” (season 1)

* * C Safe is a Netflix crime drama starring Michael C “Dexter” Hall as Doctor Tom Delaney. When his daughter Jenny (Amy James-Kelly) goes missing, Tom and his neighbor, policewoman Sophie Mason (Amanda Abbington) begin searching for her. The … Continue reading

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