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The Fate of the Furious: Box Office Fate Already Sealed, Reviewing it Anyway.

This has the potential to be most superfluous review I’ll write this year. Those who are excited for the next installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise, called The Fate of the Furious, or F8 for short, will see the film regardless of what critics say.  Although I love action flicks, I don’t care …

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Kong: Skull Island Review-Could and Should Kong Win Big in the Mutants vs. Monsters Blockbuster Showdown?

  This week in blockbusters, it’s mutants vs. monsters. Logan is already breaking records, but here comes competition, with Legendary Entertainment and Warner Brothers offering the next big release of their new MonsterVerse. Kong: Skull Island is, like the lead mentioned in the title, a big, lumbering, but huge-hearted creature you can’t help but love. …

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Beauty and the Beast Review: An All Female-led Design Team Brings New Beauty

Anyone who is in love with the 1991 Disney animated feature Beauty and the Beast has been over the moon about the coming of a live-action version starring Hermione Granger herself, Emma Watson.  The fact that one of its producers, Don Hahn, also had that credit on the original lends some credibility in the “maintaining …

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SILENCE Movie Review: Scorsese’s Meditation on Faith

If God is silent in the presence of human suffering, is he a god worth praising? Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE, a brutal film that leaves the viewer with that question and many others about faith, sacrifice, and what constitutes godliness, is being released nationwide this weekend. This has been the director’s passion project most of his …

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THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN review: Sweet Sharp-Edged Cinema

If any of you people have more than five years in the rearview mirror of leaving yourself at seventeen behind, let me remind you.  It isn’t any kind of fun.  I mean, Janis Ian’s song says it all.  In case you’d like a refresher, this week’s release THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is ready and able …

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review: J.K. AND CREW CREATE LOVABLE BEASTS

Fans of all things Harry Potter have been anxiously awaiting FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM since they announced Harry Potter series creator J.K. Rowling herself was writing the script. Her involvement automatically, and in all ways, makes this new film series canon. Fans already know a lot about the lead character Newt Scamander, …

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ARRIVAL Movie Review: Amy Adams Brings Home the Independent, Unwavering Spirit and Brainpower of All Women

ARRIVAL is the science fiction film for people who avoid them because they see them as vapid, effects-driven, plot deficient time-drains.  Fans loyal to the genre will also embrace the film, which is about a linguist who is tasked with translating the language of recently landed aliens, in order to open inter-species communications.  Auteur director …

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LOVING Movie Review: Exquisite & Exquisitely Timed Cinema

The timing for the release of a feature film telling the story of Loving vs. Virginia, the groundbreaking case that legalized interracial marriage, couldn’t be better.  Virginia, which Hillary Clinton won during the presidential election, has had a long and checkered racial history.  The first laws against interracial marriage began in Virginia, they expanded in …

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DOCTOR STRANGE: Brings New Marvel Magic

Few fans of the Marvel cinematic universe know about Doctor Strange.  The character doesn’t have the recognition factor that Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America do.  With the new release of DOCTOR STRANGE, all that will change. Fan favorite SHERLOCK’s Benedict Cumberbatch is the star, aided by co-starring British acting greats like 12 YEARS A …

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