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Here's my chronological rundown of 20 films I'm keen to see. And I easily could have added 10 more! Downton Abbey (Sept. 20) -- Just when we thought we'd have to be content with rewatching Julian Fellowes' masterpiece of a historical period piece series, we're getting a feature film. The

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Popcorn Bowl

The Big Game is just around the corner. With that in mind, we've put together a 16-movie bracket for the Popcorn Bowl -- my ranking of the best football films of all time. The brackets have been divided into Pro and Amateur, i.e., films about professional players and teams, and films about

19 for 2019

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19 for 2019

Win some, lose some. Have to wait to see some. A little more than a year ago, I shared my list of the movies I was most keenly anticipating in 2018. (The super-secret and highly complex formula for choosing "most anticipated" titles has evolved over the years, but the basic playbook remains

Worst movies of 2018

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Worst movies of 2018

Here we go. The 10 worst movies I experienced in 2018. 10. Bohemian Rhapsody Yes, Rami Malek delivered fine work as Freddie Mercury, and yes, I know Bohemian Rhapsody has become the most financially successful musical biopic of all time. That doesn't change the fact that it's a watered-down, clumsily shot, sometimes ridiculously

Best movies of 2018

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Best movies of 2018

What a year it was for movies! Some critics are saying 2018 was the best film year of the 21st century, and it's hard to disagree. Check out this list of memorable films: Annihilation; Avengers: Infinity War; Ben Is Back; Boy Erased; Can You Ever Forgive Me?; Creed 2; Eighth Grade; The

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Holiday movie preview

Season's screenings! Should we wait till December to talk about the 2018 holiday movies I'm most excited to see, or should we dive right in and open our previews early? I say: EARLY! Roma (Dec. 6) Writer-director Alfonso Cuaron, the blazing talent behind Gravity (for which he won a best director Oscar), was inspired

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The premise-establishing scene in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom plays like a Saturday Night Live skit with Jeff Goldblum as the host that particular week. Goldblum's Dr. Ian Malcolm is testifying at a Senate hearing about the fate of the genetically engineered dinosaurs on Isla Nublar, site of a couple of minor (cough-cough)

The Demons Within

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The Demons Within

Some 40 years after creating Travis Bickle and Taxi Driver, Paul Schrader gives us Ernst Toller and First Reformed. Travis was a tightly wound loner caught in the grips of despair. He kept a diary as he grew ever more isolated from the world around him, ever more certain he needed

This is “Brave”

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This is “Brave”

When it comes to filmmakers and actors taking chances, we have a tendency to serve up the superlative "brave" in an almost cavalier fashion at times. "It's so brave for that comic to take on a dramatic role." "How brave of that actress who isn't a supermodel to do a nude scene." "What

Summer Movie Preview

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Summer Movie Preview

This summer will give us another impossible mission for Tom Cruise and a young Han Solo going solo and more Jurassic mayhem, but I'm not highlighting any of those films in my annual roundup of the June-to-September movies I'm most excited to see. Nor am I including The Incredibles 2, The

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