Film Review: Legend

Tom Hardy's Legend continues to grow

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Tom Hardy may be the most versatile actor working today that is not named Daniel Day Lewis. Even if he has not been around long enough to earn that comparison possibly, it doesn’t mean that based on his current trajectory that this comparison is by any means a stretch. From Bronson, Inception, Lawless, Warrior, The Dark […]

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Pixar Goes Prehistoric For Kid-Centric Quest Story

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One can scarcely fault the latest Pixar film for merely being good and not great. After all, it’s right there in the title. The Good Dinosaur is the celebrated animation studio’s 16th feature length film, and, following this past summer’s Inside Out, marks the first time it’s ever released two in one caledar year. (More […]

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Film Review: CREED

ROCKY VII's Gonna Fly Now

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“Which do you think will do better, this or Rocky?” That was the box office question posed to me by a fellow critic immediately following the advance screening of Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, which will open the same day as Creed. Both films are very good, if not quite great, and both are virtually guaranteed […]


Television Premiere Review: Ash Vs. Evil Dead

New Series Kickstarts What Ought To Be A Groovy New Beginning...

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Not counting a brief, end-credits cameo from 2013’s very unsatisfying remake, it’s been almost 23 years since Bruce Campbell, from The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead II (1987), and Army of Darkness (1992), has elected to reprise his role as the most groovy and beloved B-movie character of Ash, created by Sam Rami, the director of Spider-Man (2002), […]


Film Admissions: BURT LANCASTER

Hollywood's He-Man and his Formidable Feet of Clay

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Our Film Admissions subject for the month of November is the athletic, adventurous, animated Burt Lancaster. Often referring to himself self-deprecatingly as “The Grin” (and affectionately parodied as such in Jean-Paul Belmondo’s memorable “impersonation” of the actor in Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou [1965]), Lancaster was a star whose boisterous and robust popular image belied […]



Things Are Heavy On November 21, 2015

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November 21, 2015. We’re a month out from “Back to the Future Day”, that occasion that inspired so many revival screenings, facebook memes, and human interest articles. In the first sequel to the 1985 crowdpleasing film, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and the eccentric inventor Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) travel to the far-flung year of […]


Film Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Will this franchise finally launch the new age of the modern day female heroine prototype?

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With Mockingjay Part 2, the popular teen dystopian-film series comes to a fitting close allowing star Jennifer Lawrence a chance to be released from a franchise that has occupied over 5 years of her time.  With its ending, the question is whether having a strong female heroine that has been immensely successful will carry over […]

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Film Review: Brooklyn

Soairse Ronan soars in elegant immigrant's story

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With little hype and a marketing campaign that is less than gripping, I worry that Brooklyn will be lost in the shuffle of end of the year prestige films. But listen, this movie is something special. Brooklyn is warm, lush and beautiful. It is lovely to look at and listen to, and the performances are […]


Film Review: The Secret in their Eyes

An all-star cast in a slow burn crime drama

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Secret in their Eyes brings together an impressive cast consisting of Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Dean Norris, and Alfred Molina to tell the English version of the film El Secreto de sus Ojos.  The film spans a time period of 13 years and weaves two distinct time periods in and out of the […]

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Film Review: TRUMBO

Are You Or Have You Ever Been A Party To Condescending Biopics?

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“Liberal claptrap!” That’s how the late film critic Joe Williams might’ve accurately, yet with tongue in cheek, described Trumbo on his way out of the theater. For Joe, a bleeding heart leftie in his own right, the term was an inside joke, possibly once leveled at his own writing by one of his St. Louis […]