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IT

Following decades of being remembered as a massive paperback staple and a well-remembered televised mini-series, Stephen King’s “It” has finally been made into a proper, R-rated motion picture. Although the setting is now the 1980’s and portions of the novel dealing with the child protagonists as adults has been tossed, this adaptation is faithful, intelligent…

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I Do…Until I Don’t

At the start of Lake Bell’s new comedy, “I Do…Until I Don’t,” a fierce, celebrated¬† documentary filmmaker named Vivian Prudeck (played by Dorothy Wells) is giving a lecture on the notion of matrimony. During her presentation, we see a montage of wedding footage. Prudeck declares (in the film’s opening lines): “For life…no one wants anything…

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Logan Lucky

Steven Soderbergh’s new comedy stars Channing Tatum as Jimmy Logan, a lifelong underachiever who decides to perform a heist during a NASCAR event. Jimmy enlists the aid of unlikely cohorts, including his brother Clyde (played by Adam Driver), a local bartender and amputee. There’s also the incarcerated Joe Bang (played by Daniel Craig) and a…

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In This Corner of the World

Sunao Katabuchi’s “In This Corner of the World” centers on Suzo Urano, a teenage girl growing up in the small Japanese town of Kure in 1933. When Suzo is married to a soldier named Shusaku (in a union arranged by her family), she moves to Hiroshima. Since Suzo’s husband is a soldier and barely present,…

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Annabelle: Creation

A happy couple (played by Anthony LaPaglia and Miranda Otto) find their lives forever changed when their daughter, Annabelle, dies a horrible, violent death. Twelve years pass and the late Annabelle’s parents have converted their home into an orphanage. It houses a cluster of girls, including Linda, the youngest (played by Lulu Wilson) and her…

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Detroit

Katherine Bigelow’s “Detroit” begins with a striking but overreaching animated sequence, setting up a historical illustration of racism in this country and how it trickled into Michigan. Whereas the sprawling “O.J. Made in America” carefully and vividly established the troubling racial history building around (and spun off of) its central story, “Detroit” doesn’t create as…

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The Dark Tower

A boy named Jake (well played by Tom Taylor) has a tortured home life and is known in school for his troubling behavior. Jake dreams of a place called Mid-World, where a supernatural gunslinger named Roland of Gilead (played by Idris Elba) pursues Walter, a vile magician (played by Matthew McConaughey). Known as “The Man…

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Atomic Blonde

Charlize Theron stars as Lorraine, a well-trained spy who kills a lot of bad men in 1989 Berlin. Her latest mission, set before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, involves joining up with a sketchy colleague named Percival (played by James McAvoy). How tough is Lorraine? After each bad guy tussle, she ends…

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Valerian

I saw Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” on opening day at the Queen Ka’ahumanu movie theater, an experience that filled me with nostalgia. As I walked down the hallway to the screen showing Besson’s film, I recalled my time there as an ausher, twenty years earlier. If anyone reading this…

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War For the Planet of the Apes

Too many movies released this summer are best described as being almost-good, which is hardly enough to get excited about. On the other hand, while Matt Reeves’ “War For the Planet of the Apes” overreaches in the final stretch, it comes this-close to being a masterpiece. The third in a trilogy that started with Rupert…

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