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  • Movie review: The Force is with 'Rogue One,' the best Star Wars movie yet

    Movie review: The Force is with 'Rogue One,' the best Star Wars movie yet

    No you didn't misread the headline of this article. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," which opens on, Dec. 16, is the best Star Wars movie ever made. Yes, better than "Empire Strikes Back." And even if that sounds like a blasphemous claim, most fans will probably agree that it as at least light years...
  • Movie reviews: 'Office Christmas Party' and 'Miss Sloane' lead the weekend of Dec 9

    Movie reviews: 'Office Christmas Party' and 'Miss Sloane' lead the weekend of Dec 9

    "Office Christmas Party" It's not the only R-rated Christmas movie to see a release this holiday season, but it's the best. Ok, that's not saying all that much when the other film in contention was the disastrously unfunny "Bad Santa 2," but still, "Office Christmas Party" has just enough laughs to...
  • Movie review: 'Manchester by the Sea' and 'Man Down' hit theaters Friday, Dec 2

    Movie review: 'Manchester by the Sea' and 'Man Down' hit theaters Friday, Dec 2

    December is upon us and with it comes the final push of award-caliber and big-blockbuster movies hitting theaters. This week is a relatively slow week of releases, with only one high-profile film premiering. Here is a look and a quick review of all of the films opening on Friday, Dec...
  • Movie review: 'Moana,' 'Nocturnal Animals' headline new Thanksgiving week openings

    Movie review: 'Moana,' 'Nocturnal Animals' headline new Thanksgiving week openings

    Award season is in full swing and there are several new movies hitting theaters before the Thanksgiving holiday.  Here is a look and a quick review of all of the films opening on Wednesday, Nov 23: "Moana" "Moana" is the latest animated Disney film, and it's probably one of their least memorable...
  • Movie review: Harry Potter fans should feel insulted by the disastrous 'Fantastic Beasts' flop

    Movie review: Harry Potter fans should feel insulted by the disastrous 'Fantastic Beasts' flop

    Millions of Harry Potter fans are clamoring to return to the magical world or wizards and monsters. They have high hopes for this new film series. Unfortunately, and it brings no joy to announce this, the "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," opening Nov 18, is an absolutely shameful...
  • Movie review: 'Bleed for This' doesn't cut deep enough

    Movie review: 'Bleed for This' doesn't cut deep enough

    The talented young actor Miles Teller plays real-life inspiration Vinny Pazienza in "Bleed for This," opening Friday, Nov 18. Pazienza was a professional boxer who tragically suffered a broken neck after a horrific car crash, only to eventually return to the ring, where he then defeated boxing...
  • Movie review: 'Loving' an important, timely story of race in America

    Movie review: 'Loving' an important, timely story of race in America

    Though "Loving," which is opening Nov. 18, is set in the late 1950s and early 1960s, it's a story that remains incredibly relevant even today.  It's the story of an interracial couple living in Virginia, who are targeted by a white police force and thrown in jail for no other reason than that their...
  • Movie review:  'Arrival' lands just in time for awards season

    Movie review: 'Arrival' lands just in time for awards season

    Director Denis Villeneuve has carved out an impressive career by making films that challenge the intellectual mind. He may also be the closest thing Hollywood has to a magician, with his recent films like "Sicario," "Prisoners" and "Enemy" all containing elements of mystery. In these films...
  • Movie review: The Marvel Universe gets mystic with 'Doctor Strange'

    Movie review: The Marvel Universe gets mystic with 'Doctor Strange'

    The Marvel Universe gets mystic with the introduction of "Doctor Strange," in theaters Nov 4. Like the other big-budget Marvel films that have come before it, this one is packed full of reputable actors as they try to provide depth to the thinnest of comic book characters.  In this case, the cast is...
  • Movie review: 'Moonlight' shines bright

    Movie review: 'Moonlight' shines bright

    "Moonlight" opens Nov. 4 and is a personal drama unlike any other. If it's not a film you've heard of, or if you aren't able to place any of the stars and debut actors, you may want to take note because "Moonlight" is among the best films of the year.  It is broken into three distinct chapters...
  • Movie review: New rock-doc 'Gimme Danger' gives The Stooges the spotlight

    Movie review: New rock-doc 'Gimme Danger' gives The Stooges the spotlight

    The Stooges are often credited as being one of the most influential punk-rock bands ever. Led by the eccentric Iggy Pop, The Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 and Rolling Stone lists them as one of the top 100 greatest artists of all-time. "Gimme Danger" then, the...
  • Movie review: 'Inferno' burns out quickly

    Movie review: 'Inferno' burns out quickly

    Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is a genius, and has been described as a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Indiana Jones. He's a fictional Cambridge professor and the hero of Dan Brown's popular novels, and "Inferno," opening Oct. 28, is his third big-screen adventure, following "The Da Vinci Code" (200...
  • Movie review: 'Oasis: Supersonic' in theaters one night only

    Movie review: 'Oasis: Supersonic' in theaters one night only

    The band Oasis is known as one of the best rock-and-roll bands ever to come out of the UK.  Feuding brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher were the faces, and despite having sold over 70 million records worldwide since 1991, many feel like Oasis fell short of their full potential due to the in-fighting...
  • Movie review: 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' a vapid franchise-killer

    Movie review: 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' a vapid franchise-killer

    When "Jack Reacher" was released back in December of 2012, it was a surprise hit that grossed over $200 million worldwide. At that time, this author had referred to it as "the most entertaining film of the holiday season" and "an escape from the awards season grind."  It was an action movie that...
  • Movie review: Ewan McGregor is in front of and behind the camera in 'American Pastoral'

    Movie review: Ewan McGregor is in front of and behind the camera in 'American Pastoral'

    Ewan McGregor stars in and directs his first feature-film behind the camera in "American Pastoral" which is in theaters Oct 21. The movie is based on a Philip Roth novel by the same name. Roth has seen two of his other novels adapted to the big screen: "The Human Stain" and "Elegy."  Not having read...
  • Movie review: 'American Honey' a promising road trip veers off track

    Movie review: 'American Honey' a promising road trip veers off track

    There is an entrancing, mesmerizing quality to the new indy film, "American Honey" (opening today, Oct 14).  But at two-hours and 38 minutes, it just doesn't know when to quit and is a bit too enamored with its characters to notice. But there is a diamond buried in the rough of "American Honey...
  • Movie review: 'Kevin Hart: What Now?' looks to take over the world

    Movie review: 'Kevin Hart: What Now?' looks to take over the world

    Kevin Hart is everywhere.  He has risen over the past few years to solid A-List status and may be the hardest working man in show-business.  He is a star in movies, TV shows (he's currently in "Real Husbands of Hollywood") and just finished a 156 gig stand-up tour, which brought him to over 10...
  • Movie review: 'The Birth of a Nation' is a powerful, uneven passion project

    Movie review: 'The Birth of a Nation' is a powerful, uneven passion project

    It's been over 100 years since the release of D.W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation," a silent, overtly racist film that was also a massive commercial and critical success at the time of its release in 1915. That film depicted the Ku Klux Klan as Civil War heroes, and portrayed black men as brutal...
  • Movie review: ' The Girl on the Train,' mystery loves company

    Movie review: ' The Girl on the Train,' mystery loves company

    Based on the popular novel by Paula Hawkins, "The Girl on the Train," opening Oct. 7, is a sexy, scary, mind-bender and a faithful adaptation of the book. It's an adult story and an edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller that relies heavily on some structural cliches, but does them so well that...
  • Movie review: 'Generation Startup' thrives on entrepreneurial spirit

    Movie review: 'Generation Startup' thrives on entrepreneurial spirit

    Go to elementary school, go to middle school, go to high school, go to college, and then land an amazing job. We all know this to be the track that is presented to us, that we are indoctrinated with from an early age, but as the world has changed over the past several decades, many young people...
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