Author: Mike Cuthbert

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Photo | Submitted Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling star in Late Night.

Late Night (R) Katherine (Emma Thompson), though looking like soccer star Abby Wambach for much of the film, is bossy, cruel and out of it. (She can’t be bothered to learn her writers’ names, so she gives them all a…

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Photo | Submitted Tolkien

Tolkien (PG-13) – I have not seen a single episode of “Game of Thrones.” I have seen an example of Tolkien by accident in one of the Middle Earth films. Obviously, I am not a general fan of fantasy. Yet…

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Photo | Submitted Chris Hemsworth stars as Thor in “Avengers: Endgame.”

Avengers: Endgame (PG-13) – Hollywood Revue—2019! Everybody but Busby Berkeley is in this wonderfully built film. Much of it is quiet and almost pastoral, but that is to set up the almost unbelievable sequence at the conclusion of the film.…

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Photo | Submitted Zachary Levi and Mark Strong star in “Shazam!” rated PG-13.

Shazam! (PG-13) Yeah, I know, it’s a comics superhero movie and they’re supposed to be lame. The writers and producers of this film know that as well, so they play the superhero for somewhat of a dunce. Zachary Levi (Shazam)…

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Photo | Submitted Ben Mendelsohn plays the villain Talos in “Captain Marvel.”

Captain Marvel (PG-13) When I see a film with credits for “Visual Effects” personnel that scroll on for page after page, I get the feeling that humans got lost in the process of making a film. Exhibit one is this…

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Photo | Submitted Florence Pugh and Jack Lowden star in “Fighting with My Family.”

Fighting with My Family (PG-13) Yeah, so it’s predictable and the characters tend to be a bit stock, but this is one fun movie about a real-life person. Florence Pugh stars brilliantly as professional wrestler Paige (aka Saraya Knight) with…

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Photo | Submitted Tomasz Kot and Joanna Kulig star in “Cold War.”

Cold War (R) – This is an “art film” so it may be hard to locate but it is also a nominee for Best Foreign Film for the Oscars and is well worth the drive to Bethesda Row, AFI or…

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Photo | Submitted John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan star in “Stan & Ollie.”

Stan & Ollie (PG) This is a truly wonderful film. The performances are awesomely fine by Steve Coogan as Laurel and John C. Reilly as Hardy. Reilly, in fact, is nearly unrecognizable as himself as he brings off his totally…

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Photo | Submitted Emily Blunt, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and Joel Dawson star in “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Mary Poppins Returns! (PG) What a total delight this movie is! Pure magic from the first bars of the opening waltz, “Underneath the Lovely London Sky,” to the reprise of the waltz at the end, this should keep you enthralled,…

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Photo | Submitted Ryan Reynolds and David Leitch star in “Deadpool 2.”

Deadpool 2 (R) This film, like its predecessor, is total nonsense from start to finish, but it is funny nonsense nevertheless. It cannot be a critic’s favorite because so many of the lines go by so fast that this poor…