A Magical Misstep
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Despite the presence of several fun new characters, 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' is a low point in J.K. Rowling's ever-expanding Wizarding World franchise.

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Has Magical Mediocrity
Instant Feels?
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‘Instant Family,’ written and directed by Sean Anders, is full of movie tropes I hate, but the thread of truth in the movie makes it a bit more entertaining.

Beware: ‘Instant Family’ just might give you feels
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'A Private War' successfully details the human cost of conflict on those that engage in it, but also amongst those along the fringes.

‘A Private War’ an Emotional Endurance Test
Compassion after
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The charm and power in Boy Erased, written and directed by Joel Edgerton and based on Garrard Conley’s memoir, comes from the hesitations. The movie shows the tentativeness and caution…

‘Boy Erased’ finds compassion after conversion therapy
Salander's Softer Side?
Posted 2 weeks ago

'The Girl in the Spider's Web' offers mixed results and showcases more touching view of Lisbeth Salander and her dark and complex past.

Mixed Results in ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’
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Despite the presence of several fun new characters, ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ is a low point in J.K. Rowling’s ever-expanding Wizarding World franchise.

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‘Instant Family,’ written and directed by Sean Anders, is full of movie tropes I hate, but the thread of truth in the movie makes it a bit more entertaining.

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‘A Private War’ successfully details the human cost of conflict on those that engage in it, but also amongst those along the fringes.

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The charm and power in Boy Erased, written and directed by Joel Edgerton and based on Garrard Conley’s memoir, comes from the hesitations. The movie shows the tentativeness and caution it takes to reach for human connection when your culture tell you it’s sick, and the bravery it takes to hope for reciprocity in those moments – whether romantic or otherwise.

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‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ offers mixed results and showcases more touching view of Lisbeth Salander and her dark and complex past.

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‘Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch’ is Stink, Stank, Stunk!

by Christian Ramos November 8, 2018 Print Reviews
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Another adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic ‘The Grinch’ fails to warm up the holidays for the family, opting instead to coast on the good nature of its fan base.

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‘Wildlife’ Lays Low & Stays Hidden

by Warren Cantrell November 8, 2018 Print Reviews

A micro-exploration of a family’s disintegration, Paul Dano’s ‘Wildlife’ is a study in love, regret, and the all-too-rapid advance from adolescence into adulthood. It also gets the dreaded Swiss Fist rating: complete neutrality.

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Empty Shells in ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’

by Christian Ramos November 1, 2018 Print Reviews

New for the holidays, ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ is another Disney live-action movie that’s a hollow shell of something better to be told.

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Suspiria 2: The Klumps

by Warren Cantrell October 31, 2018 Print Reviews

Suspiria 2018 retains all of the flaws of the original with none of the charm.

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Would ‘The Shining’ Have Been Better Without Jack Nicholson? Revisiting Stanley Kubrick’s Adaptation with Fresh Eyes

by Jeremy Johnson October 29, 2018 Columns
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Kubrick set out to make an angry film — especially toward women — without redemption or remorse.

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‘Free Solo’ will take you on a climb of your life

by Joe Jarosz October 26, 2018 Print Reviews
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Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite’s 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

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Holiday Cheer & Fear in ‘Await Further Instructions’

by Christian Ramos October 26, 2018 Print Reviews

In ‘Await Further Instructions’ a family is terrorized by an outside force preventing them from escaping their holiday festivities but driving them to confront their inner demons.

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Noir thriller ‘Galveston’ will leave you shaken

by Joe Jarosz October 19, 2018 Print Reviews
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After escaping a set-up, a dying hitman and a teenage prostitute hideout in Galveston, where they plan their next step.

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‘An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn’ a night to forget

by Joe Jarosz October 19, 2018 Print Reviews
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A woman’s unsatisfying marriage takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious man from her past comes to town to perform an event called “An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn; For One Magical Night Only.”

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‘Halloween’ Too, 40 Years Later

by Eric Melin October 18, 2018 Print Reviews
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The new Halloween was never going to live up to the legacy of its predecessor. But it does evoke the original and take into consideration how audiences have changed since then, which is a minor miracle, I suppose, and it is light years better than the nine films in between.

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