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Ryan Hill

Ryan Hill used to spend his time writing screenplays into a notebook instead of doing homework. That love of film and all things storytelling led him to spend most of his time writing. He's been a film critic in North Carolina for over five years, and his debut novel, THE BOOK OF BART, is out now. Please buy it. Ryan also feels odd about referring to himself in the third person.

Hidden Figures
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Of all the films about the Space Race between the United States and the then-Soviet Union in the ’60s, none to my knowledge have included African American NASA employees. Granted, there’s pretty much nothing except The Right Stuff or Apollo 13 to choose from, but still. No, Apollo 19 doesn’t count. With Hidden Figures, the African

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Office Christmas Party
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The trailers for Office Christmas Party did exactly what trailers are supposed to. It made the movie look like a raucous good time, worth the price of admission of time commitment. The problem is the trailers did so at the expense of most every funny bit in the movie. The latest in

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Fantastic Beasts
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It’s been five years since audiences bid adieu to Harry Potter and friends in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and little has happened to dampen the love for the wizarding world author J.K. Rowling created. This year already brought the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which

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Arrival
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Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the amazing run director Denis Villeneuve is on. He showed the world that Jake Gyllenhaal can go dark with Prisoners and Enemy, Sicario was one of the best films of 2015 and next year, Villeneuve has the long-awaited Blade Runner sequel hitting theaters. For now, we’ll have to make do

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Jack Reacher
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The first Jack Reacher was better than it had any right to be. Steeped in generic action tropes that were more at home in a Dolph Lundgren film, Jack Reacher had no right being a $60 million Tom Cruise film. But in the hands of writer-director Christopher McQuarrie, Reacher toyed with those tropes on its

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The Girl on the Train
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For better and worse, The Girl on the Train will always be tied to Gone Girl. Paula Hawkins’s debut novel was almost immediately anointed “this year’s Gone Girl.” To this day, The Girl on The Train is still compared – unfavorably – to Gone Girl. Such was the case for the book, and now is the case for

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Deepwater Horizon
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The Deepwater Horizon horizon on April 20, 2010 resulted in the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history, with 4.9 million barrels worth of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven crew members lost their lives and another 17 were injured in the disaster. Six years later, the inevitable film version

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The Magnificent Seven
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We need more Westerns. Brimming with the optimism of a country still being forged, the genre was a mainstay in Hollywood for decades. Back in the day, all of the biggest stars made Westerns. John Wayne. Paul Newman. Jimmy Stewart. The list goes on and on. Modern day stars like

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Hell or High Water
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Chris Pine may be living the good life thanks to his role as Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek franchise, but he also seems to embrace the movie star life as much as he runs from it. From insane roles in Smokin’ Aces and Stretch to indie fare like Z for Zachariah, more

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Suicide Squad
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Suicide Squad should’ve been a home run. A film starring a who’s who of DC Comics villains, including The Joker, Harley Quinn and Deadshot? Sounds like a blast. It should’ve wiped away the bad taste of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Instead, it only exacerbated the problems surrounding the DC Extended Universe.

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Jason Bourne
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It’s been nine years since Matt Damon last wore the all-black ensemble of Jason Bourne, the assassin-turned-amnesiac who only wants to be left alone. Sure, there was 2011’s rotten Bourne Legacy, but we haven’t gotten a true Bourne film since the fantastic trilogy-capper The Bourne Ultimatum. It seemed the franchise couldn’t go any further,

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Ghostbusters
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  Let’s get the important stuff out of the way. Yes, the Ghostbusters reboot features an all-female team, causing quite a few to bash the film sight unseen with claims their childhood will be ruined because it isn’t four males this time around. It’s safe to say that nobody’s childhood will be

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Batman v Superman
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I didn’t like Man of Steel. Zack Snyder’s “down to earth” and “gritty” reboot of Superman was bloated (the entire Krypton sequence was pointless) with a third act that was nothing but destruction porn. Man of Steel refused to concern itself with the consequences of destroying a city and killing thousands of

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Popstar
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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 11 years since the Lonely Island became a viral sensation with their spoof song Lazy Sunday. The trio of Andy Samburg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer have been mainstays in music ever since, even releasing three full-length albums. With Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, The Lonely

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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 fantastic TV sketch show, Key & Peele, joining forces to save a kitten? In a feature film? Sounds fantastic. Then within the first 10 minutes

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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 from the reason’s emphasis, because it’s a pretty big one. Melissa McCarthy. Ever since Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids in 2011, the Academy Award nominated McCarthy has

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