‘Ocean’s 8’ Review: Sandra Bullock and Her Crew (Barely) Pull Off an Escapist Delight

A quick warning if you’re coming to the female-fronted Ocean’s 8 in hopes of an ultra-witty, ultra-original confection. A spin on the 2001 hit Ocean’s Eleven, the lark does deliver on its promise of a gaggle of movie stars sauntering their way through light-hearted, velvet-lined shenanigans. But, rather fittingly, it only delivers three-quarters of its predecessor’s sparkling panache. That’s […]

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Is “Riveting and Relentlessly Brutal” — Read the Review!

The visual effects are out-of-this-dystopian-world fantastic, obviously. Nimble apes gallop on horses along snowy vistas, and it looks as natural as Leonardo DiCaprio riding in The Revenant. But there’s little fulfillment in seeing a movie just to witness new digital technology. Old-school elements are crucial: A riveting story. Intelligent characters. Heart-pounding action. Profound themes. The […]

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