‘I Feel Pretty’ Review: Amy Schumer’s Comedy Tries To Be Like ‘Big’ But Falls Short

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Amy Schumer’s very R-rated film breakthrough Trainwreck was a hit with critics and audiences looking for the kind of edgy material that made the self-confident and raunchily funny comic a success before Hollywood came calling. Her star vehicle with Goldie Hawn last year, Snatched, was not well received but carried the same R rating one would associate with the Emmy-winning star of Inside Amy Schumer.
But with her latest outing, I Feel Prettythe humor is defanged and the…

‘Come Sunday’ Review: Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Performance Main Reason To See Netflix’s Preachy Religious Drama

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Following a Sundance Film Festival debut in January, Netflix unveiled Come Sunday, its true-life religious story of the Rev. Carlton Pearson, over the weekend on its streaming service and in some theaters. I caught it Sunday (naturally), but the low-energy dramatics didn’t grab me, with the exception of the lead performance from the always reliable Chiwetel Ejiofor as Pearson, a media-age preacher caught up in a crisis of conscience.
Based on This American Life’s segment…

‘Rampage’ Review: Can Dwayne Johnson Save Chicago From Raging Monsters? Do You Have To Ask?

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After the smash success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle there can be no question that Dwayne Johnson is the superstar action hero of the moment, and while we wait for his upcoming heroics in saving the world’s tallest building in Skyscraper, we have his attempts to save Chicago from three rampaging genetically mutated monsters in RampageAs I say in my video review above, it is King Kong on steroids — and then some.
Teaming again with director Brad Peyton for whom he…

‘Beirut’ Review: Jon Hamm Delivers Best Work Yet In Compelling International Thriller

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Well, better late than never. It has taken screenwriter Tony Gilroy’s script of Beirut only 27 years to reach the screen, but it was well worth the wait especially in that it gives its leading man Jon Hamm a movie role worthy of his talents. So why did it take so long for the script Gilroy wrote near the beginning of his career in 1991 to get made? Chalk it up to the mysteries of the movie industry, or perhaps just bad timing. Whatever the reasons, Beirut, which details a…

‘First Match’ Review: SXSW Audience Winner Wrestles With Real-Life Struggles And Comes Out A Winner For Netflix

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Against the field of all narrative films at this year’s recently concluded SXSW, Netflix’s small but worthwhile First Match emerged as the winner of the Audience Award competition. That seems appropriate since this engaging film about a largely abandoned young African American girl who joins the boys wrestling team at her Brooklyn high school is about someone who triumphs against all odds. But as I say in my video review above, it doesn’t follow the typical pattern of…

‘Isle Of Dogs’ Review: Wes Anderson’s Weirdly Wonderful Canine Epic Is A Toon Worth Telling

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No matter the subject matter, you can always count on Wes Anderson to come up with something unlike anything else out there. From his most recent Oscar-winning The Grand Budapest Hotel and past gems like Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic, Anderson’s movies may be an acquired taste for some but definitely belong on the must-see list for smart audiences. This also includes his occasional dalliances with animation, particularly the handcrafted…

‘I Can Only Imagine’ Review: Faith-Based Music Biopic Of MercyMe’s Smash Song Hits All The Right Notes

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I can only imagine why distributors Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate made the decision seemingly to hide, from most critics at least, their new faith-based film I Can Only Imagine. It became a surprise hit this weekend, making around $17 million, way over-performing estimates and earning an A+ CinemaScore audience rating. Apparently they had no faith themselves, at least as far as reviews go. Does this sound like a film where you try to keep critics at bay, especially…