Peter Farrelly’s ‘Green Book’ a sweet story of friendship against backdrop of mid-century American racism (Movie review)

Writer-director Peter Farrelly smooths out the excesses of his filmmaking traits for the surprisingly mainstream and easy-to-like “Green Book” (2018), now back in theaters and also available for home viewing. It’s not as funny as his best films like “Dumb and Dumber” and not as high-concept as the likes of “Stuck on You” and “Shallow Hal.” It’s possibly a crass grab at mainstream and critical acceptance, but it’s hard to quibble with the finished product.

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‘Blue Valentine,’ ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story,’ ‘Cedar Rapids,’ ‘Hobo with a Shotgun,’ ‘Hall Pass,’ ‘Skateland’ (Movie reviews)

With a few days off from work and a couple weeks to go before the fall TV season, I took the opportunity to rent some movies that I’d wanted to see for a while that didn’t play at my local theater or that I’d missed. First up are two movies that retroactively make my top 10 of 2010, and then four films from this year, at least a couple of which will vie for top-10 status.

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