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Fostering Unity in God’s Love in ‘Pope Francis: A Man of His Word’

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(2018—Director: Wim Wenders) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “As long as the Church is placing its hope on wealth, Jesus is not there.” — Pope Francis  “The artist is an apostle of beauty, who helps others live better.” — Pope Francis  Potential spoilers below From his elevation to the papacy in March of …

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Merfolk Encounters at the Cusp of Adolescence in ‘Lu Over the Wall’

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(2018—Director: Masaaki Yuasa) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “To the new and improved Seirèn! Rock on! Rock on!” — Band members Kunio (Sôma Saitô, dubbed by Brandon Engman), Yūho (Minako Kotobuki, dubbed by Stephanie Sheh), and Kai Ashimoto (Shōta Shimoda, dubbed by Michael Sinterniklaas) Click here for showtimes to Lu Over the Wall …

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Director Jason Reitman Rebounds With ‘Tully’, an Ode to Ma

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(2018—Director: Jason Reitman) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “I’m here to take care of you.” “I thought you’re taking care of the baby?” “Yeah, but right now, you pretty much are the baby.” — Tully (Mackenzie Davis) and Marlo (Charlize Theron)  “Girls don’t heal.” (beat) “Girls heal.” “No, we don’t. We might look like …

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A Bold Finale Tops Off the Adequate Bulk of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

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(2018—Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (with reservations) (out of 5 stars)  “Did you do it?” “Yes.” “What did it cost?” “Everything.” Potential spoilers below (including spoilers for Thor: Ragnarök, Aliens, and Alien 3) Few can deny that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (hereafter shortened to MCU) has altered how studios approach storytelling and …

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Brooding, PTSD-Fueled Brutality in ‘You Were Never Really Here’

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(2018—Director: Lynne Ramsay) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “McCleary said you were brutal.” (beat) “I can be.” — Sen. Albert Votto (Alex Manette) to Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) Potential spoilers below In the opening for my review for The Beguiled last summer, I described writer-director Sofia Coppola as one of modern cinema’s formidable female voices. …

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Convoluted and Unengaging Stakes Inhabit a Watered-Down Middle Eastern Hive in ‘Beirut’

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(2018—Director: Brad Anderson) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★1/2 (out of 5 stars)  “Right now, we’re not ruling out anyone. Everything’s in play.” “What is it you want me to do?” “You’re an experienced negotiator. Negotiate.” — Gary Ruzak (Shea Whigham) and Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm)  Potential spoilers below One would think, in a medium that requires an …

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Succumbing to a Family Legacy’s Shadow in ‘Chappaquiddick’

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(2018—Director: John Curran) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★1/2 (out of 5 stars)  “President Kennedy cast a very long shadow, and he still does. I’m walking in it every day.” “What’s it like walking in that shadow?” — Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy (Jason Clarke) and ABC Reporter (Gary Tanguay), Interview recorded July 17, 1969  “Sometimes the path you’re on …

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Pop Culture References Crowd a Basic Sci-Fi Adventure in ‘Ready Player One’

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(2018—Director: Steven Spielberg) —by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★1/2 (out of 5 stars) “A real Gunter would risk everything to save the Oasis from I.O.I.” “Who said that?” “Me.” — Samantha “Art3mis” Cook (Olivia Cooke) and Wade “Parzival” Watts (Tye Sheridan) Potential spoilers below Between late 1992 and 1993, two vastly different film projects stretched the creative limits of director …

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Claire Foy Holds Together a Faulty Soderbergh Experiment in ‘Unsane’

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(2018—Director: Steven Soderbergh) —by Renard N. Bansale — ★★1/2 (out of 5 stars) “There’s some more forms you need to fill out; it’s just routine.” — Highland Creek Counselor (Myra Lucretia Taylor) to Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy)  Potential spoilers below August 2017’s Logan Lucky marked the return of Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh after a four-year hiatus. At first it underwhelmed that …

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‘Tomb Raider’: Lara Croft’s Lackluster Return to the Big Screen

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(2018—Director: Roar Uthaug) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★½ (out of 5 stars) “Come on, it’ll be an adventure.” “Death is not an adventure.” — Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) and Lu Ren (Daniel Wu) Potential spoilers below Since its debut in 1996, the Tomb Raider franchise has become a mainstay in action adventure gaming, selling 63 million copies …