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“The Shape of Water” a Beautifully Executed Film

March 29, 2018

In an industry that has been flooded with remakes, sequels, prequels and franchises, the place for creative film directors and screenwriters has diminished into obscurity, with the few films that are genuinely...

Review: “The LEGO Batman Movie”

February 16, 2017

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...

“Fantastic Beasts” an enchanting “Potter” prequel

December 1, 2016

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...

“Hell or High Water” delivers gripping drama, action

The Chris Pine-Jeff Bridges modern western is an engrossing and thrilling character study that isn't afraid to take its characters into morally grey territory.
September 15, 2016

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...

“Batman v Superman” is a Super-Clunker

Zack Snyder's superhero match-up is bogged down by an incoherent plot, bad characterization and unimpressive action.
April 7, 2016
Zack Snyder's superhero match-up is bogged down by an incoherent plot, bad characterization and unimpressive action.

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

Amazon's first feature film reflects on the grim world of gang violence, straddling the line between lighthearted comedy and biting satire.
February 25, 2016
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.

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

"Joy" is worth cheering for, "The Force Awakens" dazzles and "The Hateful Eight" just barely misses the bullseye.
January 28, 2016
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.

Movie Review: “Paper Tigers” Documentary

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December 10, 2015

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...

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

'Silver Linings Playbook' Makes for a Winning Blend of Comedy, Drama
November 29, 2012

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...

‘Argo’ brings history to life

'Argo' brings history to life
October 18, 2012

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...

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

Illustration: Alex Bailey
April 19, 2012

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...

‘Hunger Games’ brings deadly dystopian struggle to big screen

Illustration: Binta Loos-Diallo
April 5, 2012

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...

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