Empty 'Dunkirk'
Posted 18 hours ago

'Dunkirk' is an amazing visual achievement but feels as void of heart and character as it is full of filmmaking craftsmanship.

‘Dunkirk’: Visually stunning, emotionally empty
SCORE!
Posted 20 hours ago

'SCORE: A Film Music Documentary' opens at Screenland at Tapcade today. This is a full, encompassing look at film scores, starting with the beginning of film and organists in the…

‘SCORE: A Film Music Documentary’ hits the right notes
More than just 'Footnotes'
Posted 7 days ago

'Footnotes' is a whimsical and original musical comedy about Julie, a young woman struggling to make ends meet in France’s radically changing economy.

More than just ‘Footnotes’
Crown jewel of the trilogy
Posted 8 days ago

[Rating: Rock Fist Way Up] Director Matt Reeves has done something truly spectacular with War for the Planet of the Apes. The third (and final?) installment in this reboot series…

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is the crown jewel of the remake trilogy
'Spider-Man Homecoming'
Posted 14 days ago

Spider-Man Homecoming is a fun and exciting addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a performance by Tom Holland that captures the web head perfectly.

‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ almost the Spidey flick we deserve
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‘It Comes at Night’ won’t let you stop thinking about it

by Tim English June 9, 2017 Print Reviews
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It Comes at Night isn’t a game changer of a horror film, but it’s a decent enough horror film that at times threatens to be great. While that promise feels lacking in the end, it’s a rare unsettling end of the world thriller that does exactly what it is supposed to do. It forces you to think.

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SIFF 2017: ‘The Hero’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell June 9, 2017 Print Reviews
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This feels like the movie Sam Elliott has been waiting his whole life to make, which, if true, worked out well for the guy. He’s never been better.

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SIFF 2017: ‘Going to Brazil’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell June 8, 2017 Print Reviews
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The dark-comedy Going to Brazil follows the misadventures of a group of female friends during pre-wedding celebrations. It side-steps softer, more light-hearted comparisons like The Hangover or Bachelor Party, and improving on darker one-dimensional examples like Very Bad Things or Stag.

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Uninspired Comedy Title for a ‘Wonder Woman’ Review

by Simon Williams June 5, 2017 Print Reviews
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‘Wonder Woman’ is good but not for the reasons you think it is.

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‘The Wedding Plan’ needed a stronger blueprint

by Joe Jarosz June 2, 2017 Print Reviews
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When her fiancé bows out on the eve of her wedding, Michal refuses to cancel the wedding arrangements. An Orthodox Jew, she insists that God will supply her a husband. As the clock ticks down.

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‘Whisky Galore!’ a Bit of a Bore

by Warren Cantrell June 2, 2017 Print Reviews
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Whisky Galore! isn’t bad — there’s just not a lot going on in the movie outside of the surface-level story about a good-natured whisky theft.

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‘Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey’ Dazzles at SIFF 2017

by Warren Cantrell May 31, 2017 Print Reviews
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Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey is the story of the eponymous climbing legend, Beckey, who has been making history and inspiring climbers since the late 1930s.

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Four female-helmed shorts fail to scare in new ‘XX’ Blu-ray

by Jason Ridder May 30, 2017 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews

‘XX,’ new on Blu-ray, is a horror anthology that offers unfulfilling tales and no true scares.

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‘Chuck’ not a knockout, but goes the distance

by Joe Jarosz May 27, 2017 Print Reviews
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A drama inspired by the life of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner, who inspired the film Rocky.

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New ‘Pirates’ goes through familiar motions

by Tim English May 26, 2017 Print Reviews
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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 dammit if I didn’t have fun.

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SIFF 2017: ‘Forever Pure’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell May 26, 2017 Print Reviews
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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 intersection of 21st century race, politics, class, mob rule, and sports.

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‘Baywatch’ struggles to balance comedy and action

by Tim English May 25, 2017 Print Reviews
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There’s certainly some fun moments, but most of the jokes in the overlong ‘Baywatch’ fall flat.

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SIFF 2017: ‘Entanglement’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell May 25, 2017 Print Reviews
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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 sitting alone on a 12-inch plate.

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‘Alien: Covenant’ continues to kill the mystery for no reason

by Tim English May 19, 2017 Print Reviews
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Alien: Covenant continues to answer unasked questions in a very pedestrian installment in this seemingly unnecessary prequel trilogy.

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SIFF 2017: ‘The Fabulous Allan Carr’ Movie Review

by Warren Cantrell May 19, 2017 Print Reviews
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This documentary explores the intersection of business and pleasure in Hollywood during its critical and financial heyday, with Alan Carr, the ultimate outsider, right in the middle of things.

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