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The Gray Man (2022)::rating::2.5

W ith its frantic action scenes and brawny stunt work, The Gray Man could be an insecure cousin to the Bourne, Bond, and John Wick flicks.  As an inferior product, Gray overcompensates by being bigger, busier, and louder, all in the vain hopes you won't notice how mediocre it really is.  Put another way:  That's a really soft two-and-a-half…

Nope (2022)::rating::3.5

W ith Nope, writer-director Jordan Peele delivers a bizarre, fascinating hybrid movie:  On one hand, this is a burly sci-fi spectacle, with obvious echoes of Close Encounters, War of the Worlds, and Signs.  Peele balances this admirable ambition with flourishes of B-movie silliness, dosing his horror film with the infectious humor of Tremors and the macabre whimsy of…

Jurassic World Dominion (2022)::rating::2

J urassic World Dominion takes hundreds of millions of dollars, Oscar-level talent, and two-plus hours of the audience's valuable time, and shovels them all into a blazing furnace.  The result is a hellish inferno that threatens to engulf any good vibes this franchise has left.  Somehow, the filmmakers manage to make ravenous dinosaurs seem boring, while also…

Ambulance (2022)::rating::2.5

A good movie flickers throughout Ambulance, like a light bulb in a haunted mansion.  The only problem is, as always, director Michael Bay can't step back and let the story tell itself.  Noooooo.  He has to shoot every scene like he's directing a Super Bowl commercial with a gun to his head.  That means every…

Father of the Bride (2022)::rating::2.5

T his Father of the Bride suffers from the same disease that afflicted the previous two versions:  We'll call it the First World Grumpies.  That means we spend most of this movie watching a mopey millionaire bellyache about writing checks.  Andy Garcia's titular father pouts and throws toddler-sized tantrums, replete with saliva-soaked volleys of angry Spanish.  Clearly,…

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