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Michael Parnell

‘Parasite’

‘Parasite’ is the story of a poor family who embeds themselves into the lives of a rich family. Writer and director Bong Joon-ho’s film won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. That begs the question: Why? […] Read More

‘Joker’

‘Joker’ may be a well-acted movie but its realistic violence makes it difficult to watch. Director Todd Phillips’ film is not for everyone. Its attempt to be a parable of our times ultimately fails to achieve its purpose. […] Read More

‘Ad Astra’

While ‘Ad Astra’ is generating lots of Oscar buzz for Brad Pitt’s performance and delivers a solid message about father-son relationships, this sci-fi tale ultimately falls apart because of weak character development. […] Read More

‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ is an outlier swimming in a sea of summer’s comic-book movies. It’s a fish-out-of-water tale about two young men. Neither has family, but they find family in each other. […] Read More

Mark Russell’s ‘Second Coming,’ a comic-book series pairing Jesus with a superhero, sparked fiery anger from Christians before publication, but its message is Christianity 101: You can’t win through violence or power, only love. […] Read More

‘Toy Story 4’

In the fourth go-round in the adventures of Woody and Buzz and the rest of the ‘Toy Story’ gang, Woody helps a new toy, who believes he’s destined for the trash heap, find his purpose. […] Read More

‘Us’

Following up on his Oscar-nominated ‘Get Out,’ writer and director Jordan Peele returns with another horror tale. This time, an average family encounters four mysterious strangers who beset them. It’s another hit for Peele. […] Read More

Director Peter Jackson’s “They Shall Not Grow Old” takes black-and-white archival footage from World War I and transforms it into vivid color, bringing the war to life with all its horrors. It’s a masterpiece. […] Read More

‘The Hate U Give’

A black teenage girl is the sole witness when her childhood friend is shot and killed by a white police officer in “The Hate U Give,” a film that brings the reality of shooting unarmed black men into clear focus. […] Read More

‘First Man’

‘First Man’ is not like any “man in space” movie you have ever seen. It’s a very quiet movie about a very quiet man, Neil Armstrong, who became a hero to every child in his generation. […] Read More