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Review: “The LEGO Batman Movie”

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor
February 16
Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews, Reviews

The zany, self-referential and ridiculous antics of the Dark Knight’s LEGO equivalent continue in Warner Animation Group’s new animated feature, “The LEGO Batman Movie,” a spin-off of the 2014 smash hit, “The LEGO Movie” focusing on the Batman character. Will Arnett returns as the titular...

“Fantastic Beasts” an enchanting “Potter” prequel

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor
December 1
Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

Mixing the charms of its characters, an engaging narrative and grandiose visuals to strong effect, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a prequel to the “Harry Potter” franchise, is an uncommonly affable and whimsical film that has much to offer audiences. It is noticeably superior to ...

“Hell or High Water” delivers gripping drama, action

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor
September 15
Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

In a fairly bizarre turn of events, it appears that film distributors decided to wait until August before finally releasing a majority of this summer's best films. And with the release of the new dramatic Western "Hell or High Water" over Labor Day weekend, it seems they were saving the best for last. With...

“Batman v Superman” is a Super-Clunker

Eric Anderson, Staff Writer
April 7
Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

Zack Snyder's superhero match-up is bogged down by an incoherent plot, bad characterization and unimpressive action.

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“Chi-Raq”: An Amusing Look at a Serious Topic

Eric Anderson, Staff Writer
February 25
Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

For a film that begins by presenting a damning social statistic-more Americans have been killed in Chicago in the last decade than in Iraq and Afghanistan combined-Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq" is curiously, but not pointlessly, lighthearted.

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Holiday Movie Catchup: A Look at this Winter’s Best

Eric Anderson, A&E Writer
January 28
Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

With most of 2015's holiday releases wrapping up their box office runs, it's time to look back at three of the better films to grace theaters this past Christmas.

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Movie Review: “Paper Tigers” Documentary

Movie Review: “Paper Tigers” Documentary

Eric Anderson and Martina Pansze
March 28
Filed under A&E, Front Page Slideshow, Movie Reviews, Reviews

The documentary “Paper Tigers” focuses on a topic most people agree upon; would anyone explicitly suggest that it’s a bad thing for teens suffering from toxic stress to receive help instead of punishment? The danger, then, with this kind of documentary filmmaking is not creating a product with...

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Makes for a Winning Blend of Comedy, Drama

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Makes for a Winning Blend of Comedy, Drama

Nathan Fisher
November 29
Filed under A&E, Reviews

During Thanksgiving break, I did my fair share of relaxing, which included catching up on missed episodes of "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead," and more importantly, watching lots of movies. As expected, my sister dragged me to see the final "Twilight" movie ("Breaking Dawn: Part II") and all I ...

‘Argo’ brings history to life

‘Argo’ brings history to life

Nathan Fisher
October 18
Filed under A&E, Reviews

With the recent tragic deaths of the U.S. Ambassador and three Americans in Libya, I decided to watch Ben Affleck's "Argo," which reaches back to the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis during Jimmy Carter's presidency, when Iranians stormed the U.S. Embassy and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. "Argo," an ama...

“The Cabin in the Woods” surprises with satiric, bloody good time

“The Cabin in the Woods” surprises with satiric, bloody good time

Nathan Fisher
April 19
Filed under A&E, Reviews

In my vast experience as a movie reviewer (eight months) and 19 years of movie watching, I never––NEVER thought I would recommend, let alone voluntarily go see a horror movie. Well, "The Cabin in the Woods" changes all of my preconceived notions about horror flicks––it was amazing, albeit scary, go...

‘Hunger Games’ brings deadly dystopian struggle to big screen

‘Hunger Games’ brings deadly dystopian struggle to big screen

Nathan Fisher
April 5
Filed under A&E, A&E Highlight, Reviews

I am proud to report that I actually read a non-required book this week––"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. Okay, okay, it's an easy fun read, 374 pages with big print, with words of fewer than eight letters. The film version is a surprisingly good adaptation of the book, making me pleased...

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