Cooper, Gaga beautifully update ‘A Star is Born’ for a new generation (Movie review)

I’m usually not a fan of remakes, but I make exceptions if the remake brings a fresh perspective to the material. I can also be won over if the remake is really f****** good. Such is the case with “A Star is Born” (2018), which was also made in 1937, 1954 and 1976, and which makes a solid case for its existence in dialog from Sam Elliott’s Bobby: “It’s the same story told over and over, forever. All any artist can offer the world is how they see those 12 notes. That’s it.”

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‘First Man’ is one small step for space-program cinema, one giant leap for insight into Neil Armstrong (Movie review)

After his love letters to jazz — “Whiplash” (2014) and “La La Land” (2016) — a film fan wouldn’t be surprised if director Damien Chazelle’s next movie was about Louis Armstrong. But “First Man” (2018) instead chronicles Neil Armstrong, and while it might seem like the pantheon of historical space-program cinema doesn’t need another recounting of Apollo 11, it turns out this is a very welcome addition.

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Throwback Thursday: ‘Her’ (2013) is a stellar example of the 2010s zeitgeist of emerging AI technology (Movie review)

In our Throwback Thursday series, we’re looking back at movies, TV shows, books or comics that are more than a year old and don’t fit with our regular “flashback” features. Maybe we missed it when it was new, or we want to revisit an old favorite. Basically, we’re reviewing old stuff because we feel like it.

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Lee achieves a nice mix of humor and harrowing history in ‘BlacKkKlansman’ (Movie review)

“BlacKkKlansman” continues the trend of films based on true stories – along with the likes of “I, Tonya” and “The Disaster Artist” – that would be labeled as illogically plotted if they were fictional. This Spike Lee joint is the story of Ron Stallworth, not the Steelers player but rather a Colorado Springs detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan as an undercover detective in the 1970s, despite being black.

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In Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One,’ is the Oasis a fun game or a stultifying trap? (Movie review)

Director Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of “Ready Player One” – now available for home viewing — captures the spectacle and banter of Ernest Cline’s novel without fully tapping into the serious stakes nor the veneer of dystopian sadness. The 2-hour, 20-minute epic has the type of momentum a gamer could relate to after realizing the hours have just melted away as his quest went along. And the action is scored by classic arena rock. But what’s fun in any given moment adds up to something less substantial than it should be, even if there are a lot of cool moments.

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‘A Quiet Place’ proves horror doesn’t have to be noisy (Movie review)

“A Quiet Place” – now available for digital purchase and hitting rental/streaming July 10 – doesn’t mess around. It throws us smack dab into a post-apocalyptic world where a family is in danger from monsters that hunt by sound. Tragedy befalls them before the opening title card. What follows is, if you look at any given scene, nothing new – although director/co-writer/star John Krasinski (“The Office”) knows how to deliver tension and scares – but the overall 90-minute riff forces the viewer to see the world in a new way.

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An outsider’s take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018) (Movie review)

This blog series chronicles my first viewing of the complete MCU movie saga. I’ll examine each film under various categories that reflect popular discussion points. Next up is the 19th film, “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018):

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