The Wicker Man

As a comedic copy of “John Wick,” “Nobody” shouldn’t work as well as it does. But thanks to Bob Odenkirk’s deadpan humor and realistically violent action scenes, “Nobody” does for the male machismo action film what “Deadpool” did for the comic book movie genre.

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Murphy’s Law

After 30 years, you’d think the sequel to one of Eddie Murphy’s best and beloved comedies would get a fair shake. It doesn’t. “Coming 2 America” is a disappointing mix of rehashed jokes and missed opportunities.

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Revolutionary Road

Whether as a snapshot of a city under siege or a political thriller based on past events, “Judas and the Black Messiah” works best by condensing chronology to let its strong ensemble of actors bring the people they’re portraying to life.

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Limitless

 “Our Friend” is a movie that surprises. Within the trappings of its terminal illness storyline, it earns its emotions by focusing on a friendship without boundaries. Subtle and straightforward, “Our Friend’s” a refreshing reminder of what holds true value in life. 

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The Perfect Storm

As the two tempestuous leads in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman give Oscar-worthy performances.

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Body Snatchers

As a fun mash-up of “Scream” and “Groundhog Day,” writer/director Christopher Landon found success with 2017’s “Happy Death Day” by having a cynical character reliving her creatively-crafted murders until she identified her killer. With “Freaky,” Landon’s “Freaky Friday the 13th”mash-up, he doesn’t do as well: bland characters swap bodies and their race to reverse the curse is as familiar and uninspired as they are.

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Gotcha!

“Let Him Go” is a character-driven drama that caters to a very specific niche market. If you have a fondness for melodramas that carry a sense of dread until it explodes in surprising and unexpected ways, then “Let Him Go” won’t disappoint.

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The Imitation Game

Well-crafted yet clichéd, “Come Play” is a horror movie that begs you to play a scene-by-scene game: can you name each film it’s copying? While it’s a credit to director Jacob Chase that he doesn’t bore you employing inherent haunts, “Come Play” still comes across as a monster movie Mad Libs.

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Rebel with a Cause

Comedy doesn’t work without timing, and Sacha Baron Cohen picked the perfect time to reprise his role as fictional Kazakh TV journalist Borat. “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (i.e. “Borat 2”) has Borat return for bigger laughs instigating unsuspecting Americans thanks to an equally adept comedic co-star in Maria Bakalova and a better foil for his folly- the Trump Presidency.

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A Simple Plan

New to Blu-Ray and DVD this month is “First Cow,” an offbeat look at a friendship forged in the Oregon territory of the 1800’s. It’s a frontier fable as unpredictable as its wilderness environment and told with an entertainingly easy charm.

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