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Posted January 04, 2017in Film Review

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

Unlike the original “Star Wars” films that balanced gritty sci-fi drama with sly comedy and an ever-present sense of hope, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is Gareth Edwards’ venture into a universe that is simultaneously exhilarating and extraordinarily bleak, never sugar-coating the desperation of the Rebel Alliance or the

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Posted November 30, 2016in Film Review

War of the words

If you could see your life so far flashing in front of you, would you change things? “Arrival” is an introspective, philosophical and existentially inclined movie that unfolds in a wave of breathtaking excitement. Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is one of the world’s leading linguists. She has been recruited

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Posted November 02, 2016in Film Review

Film Review: ‘Keeping Up With The Joneses’

When you hear names like Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher, Patton Oswalt, Matt Walsh and Maribeth Monroe, one might expect to see a film littered with laughs and gut-wrenching guffaws. However, “Keeping Up with the Joneses” is a lackluster attempt at a suburban mystery/spy flick. With their children at

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Posted October 05, 2016in Film Review

Not another superhero flick

“The Magnificent Seven” PG-13 133 minutes Directed by Antoine Fuqua Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke “The Magnificent Seven” tells the story of Rose Creek, a small western town founded by “good, honest and hard-working folk” whose residents are under the merciless rule of robber baron Bartholomew Bogue (Peter

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Posted August 31, 2016in Film Review

More than a one-note film

Though lacking in a clear standout film like last year’s “Inside Out,” 2016 has seen its fair share of quality kids’ films, including “Finding Dory,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Zootopia.” But when it’s all said and done, “Kubo and the Two Strings” might be remembered as the best

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Posted August 10, 2016in Film Review

Inexplicably successful

Paul Feig sold his soul to the devil. There is no other way to explain it. Prior to ‘07, Feig had directed such critical and box office flops as “I am David” (38 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and “Unaccompanied Minors” (31 percent). Then Feig released his soul to Beelzebub, and

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Posted July 27, 2016in Film Review

Not all fun and games

    All across the globe, in cities as diverse as Paris, Los Angeles, Sydney and Traverse City, Michigan, young, athletic men are being paid thousands of dollars to tickle one another on video. The people behind the videos — a shadowy organization called Jane O’Brien Media — are funding

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Posted July 20, 2016in Film Review

The man without a face

In 1985, U.S. Customs agent Bob Mazur went undercover in Pablo Escobar’s drug cartel, posing as a money-laundering savant named Bob Musella. During the next five years, Mazur and his fellow agents, Emir Ebreu and Kathy Ertz, documented hundreds of millions of dollars worth of illegal wire transfers and fraudulent

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Posted July 13, 2016in Film Review

A fresh look at the same old thing

Ultimately, the gauge by which every parent measures a kids’ movie comes down to this question: “Will this keep my children entertained for most of its run-time?” It is a fairly simple guideline to use, and, for “The Secret Life of Pets,” the answer to that question is “yes.” Perhaps

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Posted July 06, 2016in Film Review

Out of its depth

  There are times when you watch a movie and can identify the exact moment in the creative process when the writer and director officially ran out of ideas. Sometimes the idea that is pitched to a studio is really only half an idea, but if it is a really

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