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Black Adam (2022)::rating::2.5
B lack Adam plays like a cinematic paradox.  It delivers visual spectacle that's ambitious and expensive, but at the service of lazy, uneven storytelling.  As the title character, Dwayne Johnson shows all the charisma and gravitas that made him a durable superstar.  At the same time, his acting and wrestling legacies serve as distractions--this never feels…
Spirited (2022)::rating::3
I f you've seen the trailers, posters, or billboards for Spirited, let's see if your first impression synchs with mine:  At first glance, this movie looks like concentrated donkey doo.  It's another twist on A Christmas Carol, which the world needs like a ski boot to the Nutter Butters.  Even more egregious, this modern take stars Ryan…
Fright Night (2011)::rating::3
A s a standalone film, this Fright Night is perfectly acceptable.  It's good-looking, well-cast, and delivers an adequate amount of fright for one night.  Unfortunately, there's no getting around the fact this is a remake, and the original is a beloved artifact of the 80s.  That makes this Fright feel both unnecessary and sacrilegious.  As a rule, the more…

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