Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Posted November 18, 2015in Film Review

Won’t be missed

Five years ago, 33 miners were buried alive in Chile’s 121-year-old San Jose mine. Trapped in an unstable mountain that continued to move throughout the rescue, in 90-plus degree heat, with only enough food to last 30 men three days, this is a tale that’s captivating no matter how it

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Posted November 11, 2015in Film Review

Won’t be missed

BFFs. Babies. Cancer. Already this quick synopsis should give you a general idea of what you’re in for in Catherine Hardwicke’s “Miss You Already.” It’s clear that this is a movie designed to tug at your heartstrings. Yes, it’s manipulative, but does that really matter when you’re thumbing through tissues

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Posted November 04, 2015in Film Review

What a crisis

“Our Brand is Crisis” is based on the 2005 documentary of the same name by director Rachel Boynton. It is the fictional account of American consultants and their morally ambivalent involvement in a Bolivian presidential election. Retired American campaign strategist, “Calamity” Jane Bodine — played exquisitely by Sandra Bullock —

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Posted October 28, 2015in Film Review

May not compute

“Steve Jobs” is, by most measures, not doing well at the box office. The decision to give the film a limited initial release seems to have backfired, and it would appear that “Steve Jobs” will face the very real danger of underperforming the almost universally dismal, Ashton Kutcher-fronted “Jobs.” This

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Posted October 21, 2015in Film Review

Ermahgerd!

  In a move that I’m sure someone had been ardently hoping for, there is now a movie based, more or less, upon R.L. Stine’s wildly popular “Goosebumps” series of books. However, rather than being a film version of any one Stine story, “Goosebumps” attempts to cast a wider net.

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Posted October 14, 2015in Film Review

A whole new world

Hollywood takes a lot of flak for releasing so many reboots and remakes of the same, tired material. But sometimes there can be a fresh take on an old property that completely changes how you view a story and offers new insights that you would have never come to on

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Posted October 07, 2015in Film Review

Life on Mars

At the end of the day, maybe the best thing that you can say about “The Martian” is that it illustrates how Hollywood can make the safe, boring story choice and still manage to create a completely engrossing film. “The Martian” is the new Ridley Scott film based on the

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Posted September 30, 2015in Film Review

‘The Intern’ has a lot to learn

Though it might not seem like it at first glance, the way “The Intern” is constructed actually has a lot in common with “Million Dollar Baby.” The latter film, the 2004 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, is perhaps best known for the stunning, gut-wrenching emotional shift that happens two-thirds

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Posted September 23, 2015in Film Review

Here’s Johnny!

It has been really difficult to take Johnny Depp seriously for much of the 21st century. The first “Pirates of the Caribbean” film came out in 2003. Since then, Depp has starred in 19 films, 11 of which have relied upon Depp donning either a ridiculous wig, crazy accent or

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Posted September 16, 2015in Film Review

Hiding the duck

If you have followed the career of M. Night Shyamalan at all, then “The Visit” is a very important film. Because, “The Visit” marks the point in Shyamalan’s career where he officially tosses his hands up in the air and admits that he has no idea what he’s doing. “The

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