Saturday, July 23, 2016

Posted May 11, 2016in Film Review

Keep it civil

      “Captain America: Civil War” PG-13 147 minutes Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan Your answer to which Marvel film is the best will likely depend on a number of things, including your favorite superhero, actor or director. However, a less subjective observation is to say

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Posted May 04, 2016in Film Review

Gettin’ the kitten

    I have never been the world’s biggest Key and Peele fan. The comedy duo of Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key are wildly popular on Comedy Central and in their YouTube clips, but, outside of a few specific gems, I have personally found their humor to be middling at

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Posted April 27, 2016in Film Review

America the beautiful

  “Elvis & Nixon” Rated R 86 minutes Starring: Kevin Spacey, Michael Shannon, Colin Hanks In 1971, President Richard Nixon made the decision that would ultimately be his undoing and began recording every conversation that took place inside the Oval Office. It is a shame that he did not start

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Posted April 20, 2016in Film Review

Bear necessities

  “The Jungle Book” Rated PG 105 minutes Starring: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley   There are so many remakes and reboots of previously successful films and franchises coming out of Hollywood today that it is impossible to make them all good. Just one look at Fox’s troubles with

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Posted April 13, 2016in Film Review

What the hell just happened?

  “Hardcore Henry” is being touted as the first film shot entirely from the first-person point of view. Writer and director Ilya Naishuller has repeatedly said in interviews that it was neither his inspiration nor his goal to create an experience similar to a first-person style video game, but everything

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Posted April 06, 2016in Film Review

Oh, Lord

  It’s not a historical revelation to say that Christians have had a good run. Sure, things were hairy for Christ’s followers back when the date was still in triple digits, but it’s not a huge stretch to say that the past millennium has solidly been God Country. So it

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Posted April 01, 2016in Film Review

Snyder’s best yet

The biggest concern heard over and over again when director Zac Snyder was handed the keys to the DC Comics kingdom was that he’s a style-over-substance hack with a toddler’s understanding of conflict and a methadone patient’s concept of pacing. People said that his simplistic, paint by numbers character development

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Posted March 23, 2016in Film Review, Homepage Cover Story

No allegiance

“Allegiant” is supposed to be the penultimate film in the grand climax of the “Divergent” series based on the young adult novels by the same name. Instead, all it manages to be is a kind of sympathy-generation device for series lead Shailene Woodley. She did an admirable job in the

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Posted March 16, 2016in Film Review

Don’t call it a comeback

One thing that should be established from the outset is that “10 Cloverfield Lane” is not a sequel to 2008’s “Cloverfield.” Though both were produced by J.J. Abrams and share a naming convention, none of the characters returns, and none of the events from the first film is referenced in

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Posted March 09, 2016in Film Review

The Taliban shuffle

“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” is a film based on Kim Barker’s bitingly funny memoir, “The Taliban Shuffle,” depicting her time as the Chicago Tribune’s South Asian bureau chief, a position she held for nearly five years. The book is insightful, witty, wonderfully self-aware and full of the gallows humor that people

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