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Now You See Me 2
This aiming to please caper may not have the initial wow
factor going for it, but there is still some fun in the mix...
The Conjuring 2
James Wan’s method to the madness cannot be denied.
He sure knows how to scare the terrified giggles out of you...
Me Before You
No surprises here, except for the fact that this melodrama plays as winningly as it does...
The Nice Guys
This one’s a cheerfully violent blast to the past
that’s as comfy as a broken in go-go boot.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Could this be the most socially aware gross out comedy in, maybe, ever?
Captain America: Civil War
There’s a lot of something for everyone in this standardly super, superhero movie.
It is with a heavy heart I ask, “how does a script like this even make it to the big screen?”
Melissa McCarthy, you’re breaking my heart.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
There’s sure no joy in Gotham tonight, boys and girls. Because this bloated
bust takes all the fun out of what could have been a flashy and fiery mash- up...
Yes, it’s ridiculous. It’s supposed to be...
Why don’t we leave the Coen Brothers’ 1950’s
Hollywood studio comedy walking on air?
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Michael Bay efforts to keep the politics out of this movie, but, really, how can you
keep the politics out of a movie about the terror that happened at Benghazi?
Gorgeous to look at, this romantic survivalist
revenger has the heart of an ice pick...
The Hateful Eight
Quentin Tarentino’s latest homage mashup hits
a lot of familiar notes, but where’s the fun?
Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens
J.J. Abrams has, for the most part, taken the safe
road, not re-inventing the wheel, but building a solid,
respectful and, at times, darn entertaining reboot...
It’s awfully hard for me to not find some joy in this imperfect movie about
a daring woman who digs deep and soars. You got a problem with that?
Son of Saul
Son of Saul stands as one of the most extraordinary films ever made about the Holocaust. The fact
that it was made by a first time filmmaker makes it one of the most extraordinary film debuts in years...
In the Heart of the Sea
Ron Howard’s clunky telling of how Herman Melville
researched Moby Dick is an ambitious slog...
The Big Short
Adam McKay has delivered an energetic, highly entertaining
movie that could be titled ‘The 2008 Credit Bubble
Burst for Dummies’. That dummy would be me...
Don’t go assuming this is just another undercard in the Rocky series. After a
somewhat predictable start, Ryan Coogler digs in to deliver what is undeniably
a hit to the heart: the most emotionally satisfying crescendo of the year...
The Danish Girl
Buoyed by two remarkable performances, this is a film that becomes
increasingly alluring once it puts its (great looking) clothes back on...
Todd Haynes’ immaculate film sweeps us away, but not for the reasons I was expecting.
An action extravaganza of diminishing returns, this Bond chapter
left me a little bit shaken, but definitely not stirred...
Miss You Already
I’m obedient. I cried. But it wasn’t a good cry.
While Tom McCarthy’s beautifully crafted film about the Boston Globe
investigation of the sex abuse in the Church is very much of a
time and place, it also couldn’t be more important now...
Set in the 1950’s New York borough, this especially charming, beautifully
made story of an Irish newcomer sweeps us all off our sensibly clad feet...
Bridge of Spies
Deliberately not reinventing the wheel, Spielberg and esteemed
company have delivered an absorbing, feel good historical drama...
This remarkable adaptation is unnerving, intimate and surprisingly cool.
You’ll be as moved, curious and safe as you might want to be...
It’s fitting, I suppose, that a movie about the complicated man behind
Apple be complicated as well and, in that sense, this adventurous
Danny Boyle/AaronSorkin spin succeeds. But, is that dazzle enough?
Robert Zemeckis, retelling Petit’s most famous walk,
creates his own art, with a 3D mastery that is nothing
but depth defying and beautifully sweat provoking...
This genuinely thrilling sci-fi thriller about smart
people is also sensational entertainment...
While the whole is less than the sum of its parts, this retelling
of the Whitey Bulger story sure has some magnificent parts...
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Even if it isn’t as much of grabber as the TV series,
Guy Ritchie’s reboot sure gets points for style...
This chilly chiller has a lot more on its mind than only getting you to jump out of your seat...
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation
You sure get your bang for the buck with this one.
Perhaps the funniest thing about this silly sequel is the
shock andhorror some are expressing in its wake...
If you can hang in there an hour and a half, this latest Marvel installment
does, finally, deliver. But why do we have to wait so long???
Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck is anything but. Baudy, assured,
realistic and mature this laugh-out-loud comedy is a delight...
This movie is as bad as it looks. Director Tarsem Singh never wrangles
Alex and David Pastor’s mess of a mélange into anything comprehensible...
Magic Mike XXL
Proving it’s not just looks, but heart, the effectively packaged but very
uneven entertainment delivers a few things that are just darn irresistible...
Do you have to be high in order to laugh here?
No, but for a whole lot of this movie it sure feels that way.
There’s no real way to prepare yourself for the flat out marvel
of Inside Out, the Pixar release that not only revives the studio’s
legacy, but the whole concept of family entertainment...
Not much happens in this chapter’s first hour or so. And then all hell
breaks loose, delivering exactly what you bought those tickets to see.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Shooting a burst of much needed oxygen into the current
scene, this very lively winner thrives on its unabashed love of
film and innovative yet poignant storytelling...
This is the movie we Melissa McCarthy fans have been waiting for:
a sweet, silly and stealthily smart spoof that delivers genuine laughs...
Boys will be Boys. You were expecting Shakespeare, maybe?
Aloha is a word with many meanings. In the case of Cameron
Crowe’s latest film, it’s definition can only be “whaaaa?”...
Pitch Perfect 2
It may not be well, you know, perfect, but this harmonious sequel still sings...
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