"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Aug 092016
'The Tunnel' Review

"The Tunnel" (2016) is a British crime drama — from the makers of the Broadchurch series — set against the backdrop of Europe in crisis. When a prominent French politician is found dead in the middle of the Channel Tunnel, straddling the border between the UK and France, detectives Karl Roebuck, played by Stephen Dillane … More

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Jun 082016
'Hail Caesar!' Review

"Hail Caesar!" continues Joel and Ethan Coen's deconstruction/reconstruction of Hollywood genres (following their takes on Westerns, spies , and music bios), here making a movie about moviemakers making movies, set in the dying days of the Golden Age of Hollywood. It's a comedy/satire filled with so many cinema memes you'll need a guidebook to keep … More

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Jun 082016
'Zootopia' Review

"Zootopia" is Disney's latest smash animated comedy adventure (more than $1 billion worldwide boxoffice) that is a delight for the kiddies and — despite a little too much silly cuteness — won't bore parents who have to go along for the ride. The story takes place in the modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia, a city … More

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May 182016
'All or Nothing at All' in the Year of Sinatra

This month marks the 18th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest entertainers (and most certainly the greatest singer) of the 20th century: Frank Sinatra. Since we're still in the year celebrating the 100th anniversary of Sinatra's birth, I thought it apropos to take a look at Alex Gibney's wonderful documentary on ol' … More

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May 042016
'Joy' Review

Director David O. Russell taps his company of regulars — Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper — to tell the real-life uplifting story of Joy Mangano, a divorced mother with three children in the early 1990s who decided to strike out on her own and invented the Miracle Mop, becoming a millionaire in the … More

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May 042016
'The 5th Wave' Review

This science fiction actioner starts out with a bang and then peters out just past the half-way mark. In this Young Adult science fiction actioner, aliens attack the Earth in an effort to kill humankind – but salvage the planet; so rather than blast away with super weapons, they resort to other forms of destruction: … More

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May 042016
'The Revenant' Review

An incredible cinematic masterpiece by Alejandro G. Inarritu, the brilliant director of "Birdman," "Babel" and "Biutiful." Along with "Carol," "The Big Short," "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Spotlight," one of the best films of this — or any — year. Inspired by true events, "The Revenant" is an epic story of survival and transformation on … More

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Apr 052016
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Review

This first of three sequels to "Star Wars" shattered box office opening-week records to become the highest grossing U.S. film of all time with over $930 million domestic, and the second-highest worldwide grossing film (behind "Avatar") with $2.82 billion worldwide. Thirty years following the battle of Endor, the Resistance is still hard at work rebuilding … More

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Mar 292016
'The Hateful Eight' Review

Quentin Tarantino takes his well-worn tropes — despicable characters, ultra-violence, greed, treachery, deceit — and mixes up a heady brew that ends up being greater than the sum of its parts. The at-first slow-moving, talkative Western — revolving around a pair of bounty hunters (Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson) and a prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) … More

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Mar 222016
'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' Review

The film version of the second half of Suzanne Collins' final "Hunger Games" book tidies up all the loose ends engendered by Part I as the 13 districts of the dystopian future America (Panem) go to war against the power of the Capitol. As the rebels move on the government, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) — … More

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