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Posted April 05, 2017in Film Review

Turn back into an 8-year-old

“Power Rangers” brings life lessons to the big screen Even if you didn’t grow up watching the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” during the 1990s, you certainly were aware of their presence. Bold colors, spandex onesies and some of the best monster costume work since the original “Godzilla” brought life lessons

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Posted March 01, 2017in Film Review

Building a perfect Batman

Combine DC’s knack for storytelling with LEGO Studios’ affinity for tapping into the cultural imagination, and the result is a film you had no idea you wanted. “The LEGO Batman Movie” is easily the gloomiest film of the Dark Knight franchise. When he isn’t fighting crime as masked vigilante Batman,

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Posted February 01, 2017in Film Review

Consistently bad

“Split” does nothing to improve director’s reputation   Director M. Night Shyamalan is associated with two things: twisted endings and bad movies. Unfortunately, his latest venture, “Split,” hits both marks. Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is a psychological disorder in which a single person displays multiple distinct personalities. Previously, this condition

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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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