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Review: Beasts of No Nation

***1/2 OUT OF 4 Filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga (“Sin Nombre”, “Jane Eyre”, “True Detective”, Season One) makes an amazing film about a civil war in an unnamed African country as seen through the eyes of a bright, carefree casualty of … Continue reading

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Review: Spotlight

**** OUT OF 4      Director Tom McCarthy ((“The Station Agent”, “The Visitor”) has created a stunning and engrossingly detailed account of The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer-Prize winning investigation of pervasive pedophilia within the Catholic Church. Modeled in many ways like … Continue reading

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Review: ROOM

Director Lenny Abrahamson is an award-winning filmmaker (Director’s Fortnight at Cannes, 2007) from Ireland whose latest work is a stunning adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s hit 2010 novel titled simply “Room”. The film is defined by its eponymous location   and the … Continue reading

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Review: SPECTRE

SPECTRE Terrific and perfect. Challenges Casino Royale as my favorite. Craig delivers a farewell – even the signature gun barrel sequence as an opening* – with everything but gratitude now that it’s “supposedly” over for him. I was required to … Continue reading

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Review: JOBS

Fassbender gives a brilliant, electrifying performance. Its fast, its brutal and it is an enthralling movie. There are only two historical figures who will never be redeemed or have movies made about their lives explaining the psychological factors, i.e., their … Continue reading

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Review: Crimson Peak

Dazzling sets and profoundly gorgeous costumes by Kate Hawley. Hiddleston captures the essence of Rhett Butler with a Heathcliff subtext. Chastain walks off with every scene she’s in. It’s Gothic glamor for our sensibilities. It’s infused with roiling sex. Guillermo … Continue reading

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Review: The Martian

Director Ridley Scott is 77 years old and still capable of creating compelling and engaging cinema. His latest film is about a young botanist who gets stranded on Mars and must use his intelligence; training and limited resources to stay … Continue reading

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Review: The Walk

Warning this is a wild ride. If you suffer from motion sickness, fainting spells, high blood pressure, back or neck problems or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure Do Not See This Movie. (I borrowed that from … Continue reading

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Review: SICARIO

A sharp, uncompromising thriller and Benicio Del Toro gets his own franchise.   The film starts with the etymology of the word ‘sicario’. It begins with the word’s origin in ancient Roman history (actually, it’s the legal Latin standard plural … Continue reading

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Review: American Ultra

American Ultra is a farcical comedy with an insane, ridiculous, nonsensical, comedic storyline that goes nowhere but it is fun to watch.  The plot is very simple. It’s all about a guy, Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) who’s a major stoner, works … Continue reading

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