'Dead Men Tell No Tales' goes through fa
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales may be predictable, and the good parts of this movie mere shadows of the best parts of the first flick, but…

New ‘Pirates’ goes through familiar motions
Pure Madness
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What happens when sports fail to bridge a cultural gap? That’s the question director Maya Zinshtein asks with her insightful and crushing documentary, Forever Pure, a powerful look at the…

SIFF 2017: ‘Forever Pure’ Movie Review
To watch or not to 'Baywatch'
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There's certainly some fun moments, but most of the jokes in the overlong 'Baywatch' fall flat.

‘Baywatch’ struggles to balance comedy and action
Tangletown
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A postmodern meditation on mental health and manic-pixie-dream-girl tropes, Entanglement has a lot of great ideas and slick moves, even if it does sometimes feel like 6 ounces of steak…

SIFF 2017: ‘Entanglement’ Movie Review
'Alien Covenant'
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Alien: Covenant continues to answer unasked questions in a very pedestrian installment in this seemingly unnecessary prequel trilogy.

‘Alien: Covenant’ continues to kill the mystery for no reason
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Vigalondo’s Sneakily Subversive, Serious Monster Movie is Colossal

by Eric Melin April 29, 2017 Print Reviews
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Nacho Vigalondo knows his premise is ridiculous, so while he challenges audiences to take it at face value, he also asks them to consider the real issues and perspective that lie beneath what’s actually happening onscreen. Doing that deepens the experience and makes Colossal a sneakily subversive film that demands to be considered seriously.

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Dissecting the mind of a sociopath in ‘The Transfiguration’

by Jason Ridder April 28, 2017 Print Reviews
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The Transfiguration is by no means an easy watch, but is well worth viewing all the same. As far as this being a horror movie, the vampire plot feels like a very loose guise to the true nature of this film.

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‘The Student’ Has Big Ideas, Few Answers

by Warren Cantrell April 27, 2017 Print Reviews
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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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Genre Mash-up ‘Colossal’ Loses Focus

by Tim English April 19, 2017 Print Reviews

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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Lost Opportunities in ‘The Lost City of Z’

by Warren Cantrell April 18, 2017 Print Reviews
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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’: Too much fun for its own good

by Tim English April 15, 2017 Print Reviews
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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’ Just Barely Makes Par

by Warren Cantrell April 13, 2017 Print Reviews
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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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