Drama

God’s Not Dead 2 (2016)

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God’s Not Dead 2 (2016)

Twenty-four months ago, I had a certain amount of devilish joy in giving the business to a halfwit Christian film named God’s Not Dead, a movie so wrong-headed, so angry and so offensive that I eventually had even further devilish joy naming it the worst movie of 2014. It had nothing to do with its […]

| April 11, 2016
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Joy (2015)

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Joy (2015)

There is a breaking point for most people, when the soul-crushing frenzy of everyday life brings them face to face with the inevitability that three things are possible for them: a nervous breakdown, a burst of brilliant inspiration, or the all-consuming threat that the rest of their life may become a den of mediocrity and […]

| February 18, 2016
The Revenant (2015)

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The Revenant (2015)

There are people in my day-to-day life whose day is ruined if they can’t get to Starbucks. For them, I highly recommend The Revenant, a brutal 19th century wilderness adventure in which Leonardo DiCaprio plays a fur tracker who, in the course of this film, is twice mauled by a bear; crawls out of his […]

| February 2, 2016
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Room (2015)

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Room (2015)

The first sounds we hear are breathing. Then a voice whispers “Go back to sleep.” Barely a light reaches the interior of the room and we see expressionist images that are startling; scratches on a wall, a dirty sink, a metal door, eggshells, linoleum, a tiny television set. These things are contained in a space […]

| January 26, 2016
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Spotlight (2015)

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Spotlight (2015)

We have progressed far enough now that we can easily look back at the turn of the millennium with a sense of wonder, reflection and some fear. The clock had barely clicked over into a new century when we found ourselves in a state of panic and paranoia; first Y2K, then a Presidential election that […]

| January 13, 2016
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Steve Jobs (2015)

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Steve Jobs (2015)

There was a time when, upon leaving the house, I never walked out without my wallet and my keys. After the revolution of Steve Jobs, it grew to include my iPod which contains not only my music but also podcasts, lectures, documentaries and anything else that makes the drollery of my drive to work into […]

| December 14, 2015
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By the Sea (2015)

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By the Sea (2015)

Half an hour into By the Sea, I began to get the sinking feeling the movie was actually slowing down – and that was after a slow start. I’m not being mean, I’m serious.  The movie started slow, then slowed to such a crawl that I almost expected the movie to come to a dead […]

| December 8, 2015
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The Danish Girl (2015)

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The Danish Girl (2015)

The timing for a movie like The Danish Girl could not be more perfect. Here is the true story of Einar Wegener, the celebrated Danish artist who became the first recorded case of sex reassignment surgery in history coming out right as publicity about Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, and the critically acclaimed show “Transparent” […]

| December 2, 2015
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