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  • Variety

    Variety

    ★★★

    Uneven but atmospheric NYC flick, capturing the seediness of the Times Square streets at the time.  The story focuses on a young woman (Sandy McLeod) working as a ticket booth operator at a porn theater.  She is casually dating a journalist (Will Patton) and generally figuring out what to do with her time, when she becomes intrigued about a wealthy theater patron and starts following him after being abandoned by him at a baseball game.  There seems to be a…

  • Convicted

    Convicted

    ★★★½

    Solid noir has strong story setup of a man (Glenn Ford) who ends up killing another man in a bar fight, not by any excessive brutality but in an unfortunate turn of events.  When Ford is convicted of manslaughter and receives a ten year prison term, the D.A. who put him away (Broderick Crawford) just doesn’t feel right about the harshness of the sentence for someone who had no prior criminal record.  He becomes the warden of the prison where…

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  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★★

    Second time around, I still had a blast, the opening 45 minutes to an hour are pure dynamite for the senses.  It’s hard not to be in awe of Spielberg’s craftsmanship, especially during that first race scene.  It’s so phenomenally filmed and edited, it makes you wonder what our future will hold in the entertainment department. 
            It was fun re-watching, knowing what was coming, because it freed up the viewer to find the Easter Eggs we’d…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★

    Epic spectacle on the grandest scale imaginable.  Effortlessly interweaves from location to location, and from hero to hero, slowing down a bit here and there with overlong expositional scenes, but filled with eye-popping art direction (there were 15 art directors who worked on this film) and staggering special effects.  
           This was the most effective of the three Avengers movies at incorporating humor into the narrative, never seeming superfluous, but more naturally occurring in the moment due…