Movie Review

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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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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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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Logan is by far the best of the X-Men films and sets a new bar for the future of solo, character-driven comic book flicks.

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Villeneuve proves he is a master of transitioning genres delivering a taught mystery ripe with internal conflict. This is a very personal story with huge ramifications, disguised as an alien movie.

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Doctor Strange is another home run for Marvel and one of the most visually dazzling movies of 2016.

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Animated film ‘Miss Hokusai’ is a contemplative, rather Zen experience.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a fascinating story that seems to waste far too much time explaining what the hell is going on.

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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.

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All of the uber-muscled, color-drained visual and aural bombast in the world can’t hide the ugly truth about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s dumb as bricks.

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What’s interesting about Pee-wee’s Big Holiday is that it must do the impossible: Measure up as a sequel to a true original. By its nature, this latest Pee-wee film retreads some of the same material, though in the most respectful way. That said, it does the best possible job rekindling the spirit of the first.

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Experimenter is one of the best and most overlooked films of the year, and definitely worth catching up with as soon as possible.

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An expertly crafted drama with impeccable performances, a tight script, stunning set and costume designs, and a brisk yet thoughtful pace, director Todd Haynes’ newest film, Carol, soars.

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Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer trade in the same kind of faux-clever one-upsmanship that Holmes and Watson do in ‘Sherlock Holmes,’ with similarly weak dialogue but barely a quarter of the charm.

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Chappie, out on Blu-ray now, may be a mess, but it has a strange kind of staying power, amidst all the madness.

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