Fast, Furious, Boring
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Star Trek Beyond is easily the most bone-headed, silly, and action-packed of the rebooted franchise.

Star Trek Beyond: Fast, Furious, Boring
Stupid and I love it
Posted 23 hours ago

For awhile after seeing 'Lights Out' I wondered if my enjoyment of the film was for not entirely respectable reasons, if I enjoyed it for reasons closer to that of…

‘Lights Out’ is stupid and I love it
'Ghostbusters' fun
Posted 9 days ago

The good news is this movie isn’t the abomination the prognosticators predicted. It’s funny, which is all that matters and yes, it’s pretty dumb. No, it's not destined for instant…

‘Ghostbusters’ Fun Despite Many Flaws
'Wiener-Dog'
Posted 9 days ago

[Rating: Minor Rock Fist Up] Millennials need a version of Lassie that isn’t wholesome. Instead, a story of a dog exploring the perverted, introverted world it lives in. Ok, maybe…

No Doghouse for ‘Wiener-Dog’
Radcliff's amazing body saves Dano
Posted 22 days ago

Swiss Army Man, is a mix of silly, wildly imaginative and emotionally moving. It's a strong first feature from DANIELS and stars Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano.

SWISS ARMY MAN dazzles, disturbs, and delights
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Star Trek Beyond is easily the most bone-headed, silly, and action-packed of the rebooted franchise.

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For awhile after seeing ‘Lights Out’ I wondered if my enjoyment of the film was for not entirely respectable reasons, if I enjoyed it for reasons closer to that of an MST3K film than that of a truly solid genre effort. But you know what? If something is fun I’m gonna tell the world it’s fun, and dammit this film is fun.

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A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

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I enjoyed The Music of Strangers quite a lot. It’s no masterpiece, nor necessarily worth multiple viewings, but it’s a strong effort from a fine documentarian.

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The good news is this movie isn’t the abomination the prognosticators predicted. It’s funny, which is all that matters and yes, it’s pretty dumb. No, it’s not destined for instant classic status, but it doesn’t tarnish the Ghostbusters name — Ghostbusters II already did that years ago.

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No Doghouse for ‘Wiener-Dog’

by Joe Jarosz July 15, 2016 Print Reviews
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[Rating: Minor Rock Fist Up] Millennials need a version of Lassie that isn’t wholesome. Instead, a story of a dog exploring the perverted, introverted world it lives in. Ok, maybe this isn’t needed, but it’s certainly available now Wiener-Dog. Remember Paulie, that movie from 1998 where a parrot gets passed around from owner to owner? [...]

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‘Carnage Park’ houses a thrill ride that just shuts down

by Joe Jarosz July 6, 2016 Print Reviews
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After botching an ill-conceived bank robbery in a desolate California town, two wannabe crooks flee the scene with a hostage into the desert, where they inexplicably stumble upon Carnage Park, a remote stretch of wilderness occupied by a psychotic ex-military sniper.

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SWISS ARMY MAN dazzles, disturbs, and delights

by Trey Hock July 2, 2016 Reviews
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Swiss Army Man, is a mix of silly, wildly imaginative and emotionally moving. It’s a strong first feature from DANIELS and stars Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano.

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‘Our Kind of Traitor’ is Bond-Lite, But Goes Down Easy

by Warren Cantrell June 30, 2016 Print Reviews
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A bit clunky at times, Our Kind of Traitor is still a gripping spy yarn that forgoes the Bond and Borne tropes in exchange for a more cerebral, character-driven adventure.

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‘Free State of Jones’: Well-Intentioned With Mixed Results

by Eric Melin June 23, 2016 Print Reviews
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Free State of Jones is not a 100% historically accurate snapshot in time—it has epic span and portrays Knight’s myth through the lens of today’s social climate.

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SIFF 2016: A Tribute to Viggo Mortensen

by Warren Cantrell June 13, 2016 Blogs
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The sold-out event saw Mr. Mortensen receive his SIFF career achievement award as well, and amounted to a brilliant send-off to a festival that clearly saved the best for last.

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SIFF 2016: ‘Bang! The Bert Berns Story’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell June 10, 2016 Print Reviews
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‘Bang! The Bert Berns Story’ is a documentary about the eccentric, troubled, brilliant songwriter/music producer, and despite the fact that it is the work of an obvious ally (Berns’ son, Brett Berns, directed the effort), it is unflinching in its portrayal of Berns as simultaneously brilliant and flawed.

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SIFF 2016: ‘Finding Babel’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell June 9, 2016 Print Reviews
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At a time when Russia is once again rattling its international sabre, and clamping down on civil liberties, a documentary exploring one Soviet writer’s persecution at the hands of Stalin and the U.S.S.R.’s secret police feels all-too timely.

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SIFF 2016: ‘Vanity’ (La Vanité) Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell June 7, 2016 Print Reviews
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Currently playing at the Seattle International Film Festival, Vanity is by far the best film playing there right now, and shouldn’t be missed by anyone who has 75 minutes to spare on a truly remarkable cinematic experience.

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SIFF 2016: ‘Full Court: The Spencer Haywood Story’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell June 3, 2016 Print Reviews
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Full Court is playing at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival, and isn’t a bad watch by any means. Spencer Haywood’s story is an interesting one, and his documentary is forthright as it concerns the good as well as the bad in the man’s life. Yet the picture doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel when it comes to its presentation.

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