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Ed Johnson-Ott has been NUVO's lead film critic for more than 20 years.

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You have two choices with a movie like this: You can either cooperate with it by enjoying the slapstick that’s punctuated with pithy one-liners, or you can be Mr. Pissypants and pick it apart.

The internet is packed with theories about what Us “means” and there are countless explanations of what the compulsory twist at the end signifies. My apologies, but any movie that requires endless speculation about what it “means” hasn’t done a very good job of speaking for itself.

It’s the overall strength of the ensemble cast, not individual performances, that carries this movie about the South American drug trade. The majority of the characters are portrayed by non-professionals who lend a true authenticity to the production.

Is Fighting With My Family schmaltzy, cheesy, cliched, and over-the-top? Absolutely! Is professional wrestling hokey, contrived, cliched, and over-the-top? Absolutely! What’s your point?

Stan and Ollie is a sweet story about one of Hollywood’s most famous comic duos. Well worth seeing, Ed wishes the film would have been just a little bit longer, and a little bit more ambitious.

While it's not exactly a meaningful or particularly insightful film, Green Book is still an enjoyable story with strong performances

In many ways, the film is a horror movie where the terror comes from the pain and suffering inflicted on innocents by people trying to do what they believe is right.

Bohemian Rhapsody wondrously recreates what was, and spends little time speculating about why. Thankfully, it’s a story about the music Queen gave us and not a pretentious exploration of who Mercury “really” was.

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