Heaven Is for Real (2014)

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Heaven Is for Real (2014)

The greatest relief of the new Christian-based drama Heaven is for Real is that it tells a story with a Christian message without embarrassing God.  Unlike the awful God’s Not Dead, which pasted its message to your forehead with thumbtacks, here is a film with good acting, and a true mystery about the existence of […]

| April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Great Films: Rebecca (1940)

Great Films: Rebecca (1940)

On the surface, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca seems inorganic to the rest of his work.  True, its slow pace and gothic tone are a little jarring after you’ve seen North By Northwest, Vertigo, Psycho and Notorious, but here is a film that can’t be discounted.  It is the most somber of his works and, in the […]

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Devil’s Knot (2014)

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Devil’s Knot (2014)

Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot is wholly unnecessary.  Here is a fictionalized recreation of the brutal 1993 murders of three elementary school boys from West Memphis, Arkansas that has already been documented to death, first in Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s brilliant 1996 documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills and then in […]

| April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Machine (2014)

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The Machine (2014)

I can’t get anywhere without my GPS.  I’m told that I am “directionally challenged.”  I depend on my cell phone for so much that I could be accused leaving normal functions to wires and microchips.  When I get home, I spend a majority of my time on the computer.  I don’t think I’m alone.  This […]

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Living Things (2014)

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Living Things (2014)

Eric Shapiro’s Living Things is an exhausting experience, and that’s a good thing.  There are no car chases, no gun battles, no cacophony of sound design.  Here is a movie that is constructed almost entirely out of words.  It contains only two actors, seated at a dinner table debating each other for just over an […]

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

I’ll be honest, I haven’t always been kind to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that opened with 2008’s Iron Man.  Save for the original Iron Man and Captain America: The First Avenger, the films in this series have been, for me, a case of noisy fan gratification, with more posturing then pondering.  Don’t get me wrong, […]

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

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Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

The Muppets are overjoyed to find themselves in yet another sequel.  As their new movie Muppets Most Wanted opens, they not only acknowledge it but – in true Muppets fashion – they turn this fact into a production number.  The Muppets have always worn their self-referential style on their sleeves, so they are wise enough […]

| March 30, 2014 | 1 Comments
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In the Blood (2014)

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In the Blood (2014)

In the Blood has nearly the same plot as the Liam Neeson thriller Taken but it is much easier to swallow.  Here again is another movie about someone who finds that their loved one has been kidnapped and must twist and turn into a seamy underworld to bring them back.  The difference between the two […]

| March 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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