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SING STREET Is A Crowd Pleasing, Rocking Good Time – DIFF 2016 Movie Review

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My Rating: In 2007 Irish filmmaker John Carney wrote and directed a hugely successful (including an Academy Award win for Best Original Song) film called Once.  A sweet,…

Key & Peele save KEANU the cat … and movie – Movie Review

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My Rating: In Keanu, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key try to save the most adorable kitten on the face of the earth from a drug dealer. The visionary creators of the…

SONITA is An Emotional, Powerful, and Thrilling Documentary – DIFF 2016 Movie Review

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My Rating: Sonita is a powerful new documentary that premiered at Sundance earlier this year and just screened at the Dallas International Film Festival.  The film tells the…

UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT is a Fascinating, Gut-wrenching True Crime Documentary – DIFF 2016 Movie Review

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My Rating: Imagine you’re a mother of four with one on the way.  You and your husband have also committed to adopting a four year old boy with…

THE JUNGLE BOOK – Movie Review – A Visually Sumptuous, Thrilling Adventure

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My Rating: About an hour and forty minutes in to The Jungle Book, just around the time the film is reaching its fiery climax, I looked down the…

THE JUNGLE BOOK: I Wanna Be Like You, Jon Favreau. – Movie Review

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My Rating: Director Jon Favreau certainly mastered the beast-size challenge of translating a beloved book and animated film into a new media, even with a roar. His version…

New Teaser Trailer for Marvel’s Doctor Strange

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The new trailer for Doctor Strange looks fantastic. My favorite thing about it (besides Benedict Cumberbatch’s take on the character) is its tone: just like with every other…

‘A Monster Calls’ New Teaser Trailer

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There’s a new teaser trailer for A Monster Calls, the latest effort from Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible). The film follows Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall) who has to…

SUNNY IN THE DARK – Movie Review – A Parable About Loneliness and Connection

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My Rating: What is our connection to other people? What do we want that connection to be? What are the pleasures of these connections and what are the…

THE BOSS fails … like a boss – Movie Review

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My Rating: There’s one reason to see The Boss. One. It’s also the only reason anybody would pay money to see the film anyway, but that doesn’t take away…

BLU-RAY INVASION Weeks of 3/22 & 3/29

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The Hateful Eight – PICK OF THE WEEK In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the…

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL Movie Review – Star-Child Phone Home

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My Rating:   Jeff Nichols’ (Mud, Take Shelter, Shotgun Stories) fourth feature-length film, Midnight Special, could have been easily retitled “The Young Messiah Chronicles,” “The Adventures of the…

BLU-RAY INVASION Week of 3/8

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Species II Having just returned from a mission to Mars, Commander Ross (Justin Lazard) isn’t exactly himself. He’s slowly becoming a terrifying alien entity with a one-track mind…

My Big Fat Dilemma With My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – Movie Review

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I admire Nia Vardalos both as a writer and as a woman. She is incredibly smart, funny and unafraid to balance female empowerment with vulnerability on paper and…

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Movie Review – Zack Snyder Strikes Again

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My Rating:   It seemed like a brilliant idea at the time: Out Marvel-Marvel, skip standalone superhero intros and go straight to the main event, bringing DC’s two biggest,…

THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT – PART 1 Movie Review – We’re Done Now

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My Rating: Even though all the available evidence suggests that the once-lucrative, dystopian YA adaptation trend has run its course, the producers behind the Divergent series would beg to differ….