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Happy Death Day: Movie Review

In the nearly 25 years since the release of Groundhog Day, starring the incomparable Bill Murray, time loops have become a common movie device, for better or worse. That 1993 comedy employed the device so famously as to hijack the holiday after which it was named. When someone says “Groundhog Day,” the idea of reliving […]

Wind River: Movie Review

I let myself go into Wind River with very little expectations. I knew that the director and writer, Taylor Sheridan, wrote Sicario so I had hope that the story would be just as well constructed. Other than that, I allowed myself to be surprised by the film. Jeremey Renner stars as Cory Lambert, a US […]

Kidnap: Movie Review

I was expecting this film to be intense, but I didn’t realize that I would be holding my tongue back at the screen. Kidnap is directed by Luis Prieto and stars Halle Berry as Karla Dyson, a single mother. Berry’s character works at a diner to support her six year old son, Frankie played by […]
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2.5

Atomic Blonde: Movie Review

I really wanted to like this movie. A slick, stylish, and aggressive action/spy movie? That’s all I needed to hear. Atomic Blonde looked like something different, something new. Charlize Theron crushes as a Cold War super spy. The setting, Berlin in late 1989 with the wall on the brink of coming down, is clever and […]

Life: Movie Review

Once again, I subjected myself to a space thriller as my love for sci-fi outweighed my fear of anything and everything outside of our atmosphere. Luckily, like Arrival, Life pleasantly terrified me. While you can expect some of the typical devices of films of this kind, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Deadpool), along with […]
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3.5

The Great Wall – Movie Review

I always thought the Great Wall of China was protection from the Mongol horde. Turns out it was really a defense against huge reptile monsters. Who knew? The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon, tells the made-up history of the iconic fortification-turned-tourist-attraction. There’s no allegory here. This is a straight-up monster movie. This movie blends near-constant […]

Split Movie Review

Split Movie Review: M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller, Split, is a complex story of a man living with 24 distinct personalities, played masterfully by James McAvoy. M. Night returns to write and direct in the genre he’s become synonymous with, and once again delivers an unexpected twist. Not a spoiler since it’s what we’ve come […]
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3.0

Patriots Day: Movie Review

I never expected Patriots Day to be the first feel-good movie of 2017, but I didn’t think it would make me so uncomfortable. I knew I’d see the gruesome aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, but that wasn’t the problem. I also knew the bombers violently clashed with police, but I was good there, too. […]
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4.5

Inferno: Movie Review

With apologies to die-hard Da Vinci Code fans (I’m assuming that’s a thing), Inferno was my introduction to the adventures of symbologist/professor Robert Langdon, played once again by Tom Hanks. This third installment in the Da Vinci Code franchise reunites Hanks and director Ron Howard ten years after the release of the original. I guess […]

Operation Avalanche Movie Review

Conspiracy theories are stories we tell ourselves because we want to believe they’re true, from the grassy knoll to little green men at Area 51. These stories are modern fairy tales, letting us keep believing there’s a secret world where strange and fantastic things happen, where it’s dark and danger is everywhere. In an Internet-everywhere […]

Snowden: Movie Review

Secrecy = Security = Victory. It’s the mantra by which the CIA and NSA operate in Snowden, Oliver Stone’s latest film. There’s something deeper than paranoia or mistrust lurking within the walls of these American organizations. We get the sense this is the case from Corbin O’Brian, a senior officer in the CIA recruiting top-talent […]
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4.0

The Purge: Election Year Movie Review

It’s time to purge again!  The year is 2023 and the eve of the annual holiday of mayhem and murder approaches.  Every year the American government allows one night of effective anarchy where every crime from theft to cold blooded murder become legal for one 12 hour period.  The third installment of the franchise, The […]