Cast makes up for cliches
Posted 5 days ago

The Magnificent Seven is flawed and full of cliches but the cast is fun enough to make it an enjoyable trip to the wild, wild west.

‘Magnificent Seven’ Cast Makes up for Cliches
Fancy remake skips scary stuff
Posted 12 days ago

Blair Witch is pretty much a roided up remake of the original, except it's not scary.

‘Blair Witch’ fancy remake skips scary stuff
Hanks boosts Sully
Posted 19 days ago

Sully is good, just not great. But thanks to another fantastic performance from Tom Hanks, it's a promising start to awards season.

Solid Hanks boosts ‘Sully’ flight status
Southside With Who?
Posted 31 days ago

'Southside With You' is an engaging, interesting peek into the lives of two influential people, played by a couple of actors who do a superb job slipping into characters much…

‘Southside With You’ Decent But Lacking
'Hell Or High Water'
Posted 41 days ago

But from its nerve-racking opening, through a series of darkly comedic bank heists, and all the way to its quiet climax, Hell Or High Water is a tightly constructed film…

‘Hell Or High Water’ Runs Deep
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‘Ghostbusters’ Fun Despite Many Flaws

by Tim English July 15, 2016 Print Reviews

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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Lobsters, Love and the Modern Plight of Being Single

by Eric Melin June 5, 2016 Print Reviews
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The Lobster has been surviving the big blockbuster summer on positive word of mouth alone. If you miss it in theaters, don’t fear: It’s the perfect movie to watch at home, where you can marvel at its absurdity and ponder its questions with someone you love.

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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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SIFF 2016: ‘Paralytic’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell June 3, 2016 Print Reviews
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Currently playing at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival, Paralytic is so soul-crushingly bad that it actually makes other movies seem better by comparison, so if nothing else, it might be worth a watch just as a palate cleanser.

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SIFF 2016: ‘The Final Master’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell May 31, 2016 Print Reviews
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Currently playing at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival, The Final Master is almost worth checking out for the visual feast that it is, and as a credit to the fine acting involved. It’s just too bad that the rest of the pieces couldn’t stick their respective landings.

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SIFF 2016: An Evening With Molly Shannon

by Warren Cantrell May 25, 2016 Blogs
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Molly Shannon is interviewed by Warren before Q&A and screening of ‘Other People’ at the Seattle International Film Festival!

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