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REVIEW – “Doctor Sleep”: Mind-Numbing King Sequel Fills its Own Tall Order

In a year that’s seen Stephen King’s best work from his 80s writing heyday soured somewhat by poor marksmanship, even if the direction was always with best intention, perhaps it’s a miracle the best was saved for last. The absolute best, like mind-blowing, mind-numbing best. Legitimate horror personified without needing to rely excessively on nostalgia or grotesque imagery to tell …

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REVIEW – “The Current War”: Perfectly Acted Battle for Electrical (and Ethical) Dominance Stalwart, But Slow

Look past the inherent fact that The Current War has been affixed to its figurative shelf for two years in the wake of Hollywood scandal, and there’s perhaps still a half-decent film to be discovered. A biopic chronicling the epic footrace during the 1880s and 90s, between giants of encapsulated energy Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse? Compelling Oscar …

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REVIEW – “Official Secrets”: Keira Knightley Leads Tawdry, Timely, Often Tedious Whistle-blower Drama

[NOTE: An official selection of the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival] Intensely dramatic, journalistic dramas are really nothing considerably new, especially in a decade where DC and Boston’s heritage newspapers were highlighted in Oscar-bait films; one of them did win Best Picture, though one is still lost as to why it had earned that honor. The latest to join that …

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