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Review: The documentary ‘RBG’ shows the formidable soft power of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
BaltimoreSun.com / 1526119802

No other Supreme Court justice, living or dead, has had a hold on the American popular imagination like Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But if you think never is heard a discouraging word where she is concerned, the stirring documentary "RBG" sets you straight from the start.

Though it sounds unlikely for...

‘Life of the Party’ review: Back to school with Melissa McCarthy
BaltimoreSun.com / 1526119802

The back-to-school genre of collegiate comedies has given us “Old School” (Will Ferrell), “Back to School” (Rodney Dangerfield) and “Horse Feathers” (the Marx Brothers), among others. Melissa McCarthy joins that class list in the ramshackle, amiable “Life of the Party,” about a woman, freshly dumped...

‘Sollers Point’ offers understanding without resolution, and that’s fine
BaltimoreSun.com / 1526033402

Dilemmas are many in the works of writer-director Matthew Porterfield, solutions few. And that’s what makes his movies special — nothing comes wrapped in a neat little package when it comes to his flawed heroes, but audiences understand where they’re coming from, and by the end of the film, are...

Charlize Theron and Mackenzie Davis breathe the miracle of life into the dark motherhood story of ‘T
BaltimoreSun.com / 1525515001

“Tully”: unusually hard-edged family dramedy or straight-up domestic horror flick? A few parents might find themselves wondering not long after Marlo (a terrific Charlize Theron), who doesn’t seem to have slept in years, gives birth to her third child.

As the 4 a.m. feedings begin (again), the...

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ review: After its psycho mood swings, that ending will create a buzz
BaltimoreSun.com / 1524910203

“Avengers: Infinity War” is a lot of movie. You can hate it and still say that much with confidence. Its various, overlapping fan bases won’t hold what they don’t like against it, I bet. “A lot,” though, doesn’t mean it’s much fun or even very good.

No hate here, honestly. The film has its momentary...

‘Lean on Pete’ review: A horse story of a different, darker color
BaltimoreSun.com / 1524305401

When we first see 15-year-old Charley Thompson, the human center of the devastating new film “Lean on Pete,” he’s jogging on the streets of Portland, Ore., a long way from the bohemian coffee bars and “Portlandia” cliches of popular culture. This is the other side of the tracks, the America all...

‘Super Troopers 2’ review: Has it aged, or have we?
BaltimoreSun.com / 1524305401

Like many of a certain age, I was a fan of Broken Lizard's 2001 stoner cop cult classic “Super Troopers,” which circulated smoky dorm rooms in the early aughts. The energetic, silly and wordy comedy of the then-unknown troupe was absurd, naughty and endlessly quotable.

Seventeen years later, the...

‘I Feel Pretty’ review: Amy Schumer’s fable about fat-shaming is frankly depressing
BaltimoreSun.com / 1524305401

In a 2015 sketch aired on Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer,” the one called “New Body,” Schumer played a woman shopping for a wardrobe for the body she’s always wanted. The clothing store clerk, thin and deadpan, is the perfect foil for Schumer’s chipper, play-along reactions. With those two...

‘Rampage’ review: Dwayne Johnson leads worst Chicago architecture tour EVER
BaltimoreSun.com / 1523700603

“Rampage” is a drag. Three times during the thing, I wrote down the phrase “NO FUN,” with increasingly impatient underlines. This could be me, not the movie. Maybe I’m the one who’s no fun. But in general I like Dwayne Johnson, that smiling granite star, coupled with a tremendous amount of vehicular-...

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