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Photo | Submitted Tony Hale voices Forky in “Toy Story 4.”

Toy Story 4 (G) When the Disney organization puts its mind to it, they turn out magic—tons of magic. They have in this a bit of magic, humor, pathos, humanity and charm. Tom Hanks as Cowboy Woody leads the cast,…

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Photo | Submitted Oleg Ivenko stars as Rudolf Nureyev in “The White Crow.”

Aladdin (PG) Though a bit slow at the beginning, perhaps because we know the story so well, “Aladdin” is a movie made for the big screen. When Will Smith (Genie/Mariner) enters, that’s when the fun really begins. Smith is as…

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Photo | Submitted Julianne Moore stars in “Gloria Bell.”

Gloria Bell (R) Julianne Moore is a walking miracle. At 58 she plays a woman in her 50s and looks like a woman in her early 40s. Surrounded by a top-notch supporting cast, she triumphs in the difficult story of…

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Photo | Submitted Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth in ‘Isn’t It Romantic?’

Isn’t It Romantic? (PG-13) Rebel Wilson (Natalie) is not obnoxious in this film, as she usually is. Yes, there are far too many pratfalls and some over-the-top performances by secondary role players (see Brandon Scott Jones as Donny, the gay…

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Photo | Submitted Felicity Jones stars as Ruth Bader Ginsburg in “On the Basis of Sex.”

On the Basis of Sex (PG-13) This is NOT RBG! This is her story from the beginning of her work in equal rights and concludes with her first major victory in Denver’s Tenth Circuit. Felicity Jones is fascinating as the…

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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…

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Green Book (PG-13) ***** There should be a run on old Don Shirley recordings. The snippets heard in this film will make music fans drool, they are so good. And the odd thing is that the trio is a bass,…

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Photo | Warner Bros. / Everett Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga power the fourth remake of “A Star Is Born.”

A Star Is Born (R) ***** Never a Lady Gaga fan entirely, I am now! What a performance she gives, both dramatically and musically in this fourth remake of the classic “rising star, falling sponsor” franchise. The film has previously…

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The Wife (R) **** Glenn Close is mesmerizing as Joan Castleman, “the wife” of Nobel Laureate Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce). We sense her discomfort as the movie begins with the announcement of Joe’s award. The source of this is gradually…

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Puzzle (R) ***** Agnes is an insulated housewife in Bridgeport, Connecticut, who is a whiz at solving jigsaw puzzles. She is played by Kelly MacDonald, one of filmdom’s great actresses. This is a star turn for her, and she proves…