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"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
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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Mar 222016
 
'Daddy's Home' Review

"Daddy's Home" is a by-the-book comedy about mild-mannered radio executive Brad (Will Ferrell) and his trials and tribulations as he tries to become the best step dad possible to his new wife's (Linda Cardellini) two kids. Unfortunately, when biological father Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) shows up unexpectedly, Brad's idyllic family life is turned upside down and … More

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Mar 152016
 
'Carol' Review

This adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's ("The Talented Mr. Ripley," "Strangers on a Train") seminal novel "The Price of Salt" follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience … More

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Mar 152016
 
'The Big Short' Review

It's been seven years since the housing market bubble burst and the world was pushed into a major economic recession. How did it happen? Greedy and corrupt Wall Street investors and bankers — taking advantage of lowered federal regulations — made subprime housing loans to people who couldn't afford them, then packaged the loans as … More

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Mar 152016
 
'Sisters' Review

When it comes to clicking together in comedy routines, it's undeniable that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler can make magic — but not in this film. The pair play the Ellis sisters, the seemingly-responsible Maura (Poehler) and the impossibly hotheaded Kate (Fey), who return home to clean out the old junk in their bedroom after … More

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Mar 012016
 
'The Danish Girl' Review

Alicia Vikander and Eddie Redmayne give tour-de-force performances in this quietly enthralling love story inspired by the lives of married artists Einar and Gerda Wegener. Set in 1920s Copenhagen and Paris, the film follows the transformation of successful landscape artist Einar into Lili Elbe — a woman inside him that he has had difficulty keeping … More

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