The Student Fails
Posted 2 days ago

While one could take this whole story as an examination of religious extremism at its earliest stages, 'The Student' has little to say about what might be done to combat…

‘The Student’ Has Big Ideas, Few Answers
Colossal genre mash-up
Posted 10 days ago

Colossal spends too much time tip-toeing between the two drastically different genres and never truly indulging in the obvious parallels to be made.

Genre Mash-up ‘Colossal’ Loses Focus
'Z' Ya Later
Posted 11 days ago

The Lost City of Z is an interesting movie about a handful of fascinating people who all play second fiddle to an A-plot that only partially comes together.

Lost Opportunities in ‘The Lost City of Z’
Too much fun
Posted 14 days ago

'The Fate of the Furious' is not the best of the bunch but thanks to a strong cast its shockingly entertaining and one of the most thrilling of the series.

‘The Fate of the Furious’: Too much fun for its own good
Tommy's Honour
Posted 16 days ago

Tommy’s Honour stars Jack Lowden as Tommy Morris Jr., a real-life 19th century Scottish golfer who is widely credited as the modern game’s first star.

‘Tommy’s Honour’ Just Barely Makes Par
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While one could take this whole story as an examination of religious extremism at its earliest stages, ‘The Student’ has little to say about what might be done to combat this in burgeoning adults.

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Colossal spends too much time tip-toeing between the two drastically different genres and never truly indulging in the obvious parallels to be made.

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The Lost City of Z is an interesting movie about a handful of fascinating people who all play second fiddle to an A-plot that only partially comes together.

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‘The Fate of the Furious’ is not the best of the bunch but thanks to a strong cast its shockingly entertaining and one of the most thrilling of the series.

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Tommy’s Honour stars Jack Lowden as Tommy Morris Jr., a real-life 19th century Scottish golfer who is widely credited as the modern game’s first star.

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One of 2016′s Best Comes to DVD (& Blu-ray, Kind Of)

by Eric Melin April 11, 2017 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews

‘Toni Erdmann’ is funny, unpredictable, and delectable throughout its entirety. It is with no small amount of anger, however, that I must report that  Blu-ray edition is being released only as “Manufactured on Demand.”

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‘Donald Cried’ a Cringe-Filled Success

by Warren Cantrell April 10, 2017 Print Reviews
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A brisk film at just under 90 minutes, Donald Cried feels like the two-headed love child of Manchester By the Sea and the Trailer Park Boys. It’s about loss, the reconciliation of past failures, and northeastern rubes with all the class of a carnival barker. Out now at Screenland Armour, Avedisian’s film is worth seeing as much for what it says as for what it doesn’t.

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‘Salt and Fire’ Brings the Heat

by Joe Jarosz April 8, 2017 Print Reviews
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I expected this movie to be something else. The synopsis describes it as a hostage thriller. But I should’ve known that Werner Herzog’s Salt and Fire couldn’t be that simple. This is a movie about facts fighting theories, a crumbling environment, corporate greed, and a tiny dose of aliens.

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‘The Blackcoat’s Daughter’ Uneases with Slow-Burn Dread

by Jason Ridder April 3, 2017 Print Reviews

The Blackcoat’s Daughter is in not about cheap scares. It builds a sense of tension with every shot. The score only adds to the dark tone. The chill inducing visuals while simple, only multiply the effectiveness of this creepy gem.

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Clichés Flatline Sci-Fi Homage ‘Life’

by Tim English March 24, 2017 Print Reviews
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When it sticks to what it’s supposed to be doing, ‘Life’ is genuinely nerve-wracking. The problem is it constantly wants to pretend its something its not and every time the film spins off into an homage of the better films it was inspired by, you’ll feel like you should probably be watching ‘Alien’ or ’2001′ instead.

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‘Atomica’ Keeps Your Attention, Minus the Scares

by Joe Jarosz March 21, 2017 Print Reviews
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[Rating: Minor Rock Fist Up] The best thing I can say about Atomica is it was better than it should have been. Set in the not-to-distant-future, as one would expect with a sci-fi thriller, a communications station goes offline at an underground nuclear power plant isolated in the desert. Auxilisun, the company behind the nuclear plant, [...]

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Bloated ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Remake Enjoyable, But Lacks Original Charm

by Tim English March 17, 2017 Print Reviews
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Beauty and the Beast is a beautiful-looking recreation of the Disney animated classic but ultimately lacks the charm of the original.

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‘Mean Dreams’ Are Made of These

by Warren Cantrell March 15, 2017 Print Reviews
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Mean Dreams belongs to Bill Paxton, and speaks to a criminally underutilized dramatic talent now lost to the world.

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‘Jackie’ is as Engrossing as Ever in New Blu-ray DVD Combo

by Eric Melin March 14, 2017 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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Jackie isn’t standard biopic fare, but instead a hugely resonant examination of conflicting emotions, grief in the spotlight, and the blurry lines between real people and myth-making.

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Pushes Mindless Sensory Overload

by Tim English March 10, 2017 Print Reviews
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Kong Skull Island is the perfect mental escape, although emotionally empty, if you are in need of some CGi spectacle before the summer officially kicks off.

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