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‘Baby Driver’ Delivers A Decent Film That’s Occasionally Great

Over the last decade, British director Edgar Wright has earned a reputation for infusing his films with two distinct attributes: inventive camera work propelled by razor-sharp editing, and delightfully quirky characters who never drown out (or drown in) the seriousness of the circumstances. “Baby...

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The Art Pope Francis Loves

Vatican City, Jul 7, 2017 / 08:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- What is Pope Francis’ idea of art? A new documentary titled ‘Pope Francis – My idea of art,’ delves into the Roman Pontiff’s artistic side and explore what art personally means to the Pope through a series of his favorite works. “The art...

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Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ Crafts A Taut, Tense Tale Of Gender Relations

At the Cannes Film Festival this past May, acclaimed director Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation,” “Marie Antoinette”) generated a lot of buzz as she became just the second female director — and first American-born female director — to win in the Best Director category for her latest effort “The...

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‘All Eyez On Me’ Gives Tupac A One-Dimensional Treatment

The end credits of “All Eyez on Me,” the new biopic recounting the life and tragic murder of `90’s hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur, features a captivating clip from a 1994 interview with Shakur that, despite being just 20 seconds long, reveals so much about the rap legend: his uncompromising honesty...

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‘The Big Sick’ Promotes Family And Forgiveness With Humor

Life has a way of throwing big decisions at people unexpectedly, and in the romantic comedy “The Big Sick,” actor-comedian Kumail Nanjiani (best known for his co-starring role on HBO’s “Silicon Valley”) shares one that changed his life forever. Co-written by Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon...

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‘Beatriz At Dinner’ Serves Up Subtle Yet Cutting Social Commentary On Today’s Divided America

On the heels of the mega-hit “Wonder Woman,” moviegoers were treated to yet another admirable heroine with an unwavering moral compass, this time in the form of a working-class Mexican immigrant in the delightfully demure industry darling “Beatriz at Dinner.” Unlike Wonder Woman, the frumpy,...

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‘Maudie’ Provides Moving Portrait Of The Redemptive Power Of Love

It’s too easy to overlook or mock the outcasts of society, rather than seeing them as fully human beings who simply want and deserve as much love and happiness as the rest of us. But the new movie “Maudie,” about the turbulent yet ultimately redemptive true-life romance between acclaimed painter...

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Gadot Shines As ‘Wonder Woman’: Latest Effort Ends DC Comics’ Losing Streak

One of the great joys of moviegoing is witnessing a performer take on a role so effortlessly, it’s as if he/she was born to play it. As millions of audience members will now likely attest after viewing “Wonder Woman,” the latest entry into the DC Comics’ movie universe shattered box office...

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Wonder Woman And The Feminine Genius

Wonder Woman vanquished the box office its opening weekend with $103.1 million in revenue. The film was the largest opening ever for a female director (Patty Jenkins), and the first big budget superhero movie featuring a female lead (Gal Gadot as Diana/Wonder Woman). Gadot’s acting and stunts are...

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‘Pirates Of The Caribbean 5’ Isn’t So Much Bad As It Is Tired

“This is the famous Captain Jack Sparrow I’ve been searching for?” a stunned character from “Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales” chastises Sparrow upon first encountering the drunken, beleaguered pirate. I can’t think of a better way to summarize my sentiments regarding the...

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‘Alien: Covenant’: Interesting Elements Suffocated By Lack Of Charisma

It’s a very bad omen for a sci-fi blockbuster when the first time you become aware of the majority of the characters’ names occurs during the closing credits. Unfortunately, that’s precisely the predicament that weighs down, and ultimately suffocates, “Alien: Covenant,” acclaimed director...

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Everything, Everything

Cynics beware: The teen-oriented romantic drama “Everything, Everything” (Warner Bros.) bears more than a little resemblance to one of those fairy tales involving a princess locked up in a castle who needs a handsome prince to rescue her. Anachronistic thinking aside, director Stella Meghie’s...

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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

For better or worse, bathroom-themed gags have long been a staple of kids’ movies. But the family road comedy “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” (Fox) carries this trend to excess. Together with a noticeable lack of creative drive, writer-director David Bowers’ reliance on scatological...

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Snatched

There’s a kernel of goodness at the heart of the mother-daughter comedy “Snatched” (Fox). But the minority of grown viewers for whom the film is acceptable will have to wade through a veritable cesspool of bad taste to approach it. That’s a pity, because this fast-moving feature is...

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King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword

Early on in “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” (Warner Bros.), the audience is treated to the sight of magically generated giant elephants swinging boulder-size wrecking balls at the ramparts of Camelot. It’s an apt visual considering how ponderous this action fantasy turns out to...