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The Circle (2017)

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The Circle (2017)

The Circle is the kind of movie that operates completely on theory while the audience watches in frustration as it completely omits logic or common sense.  Here is a techno-phobic piece of dreck that looks like high-tech thriller wrapped in social commentary, but by the time all of the pieces have been laid out, you […]

| April 28, 2017
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Nerve (2016)

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Nerve (2016)

Nerve is a safe, tepid treatment of a subject that is so current you’d swear the movie was made only yesterday.  It’s about our all-consuming obsession with apps and online games that arrives just at the moment when half of the country is mired in ‘Pokémon Go‘ and the other half wishes they’d just put […]

| July 26, 2016
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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

10 Cloverfield Lane is alternately fascinating and frustrating at the same time.  It is fascinating in the moment but frustrating in that it takes so long to get where it’s going that it arrives at an ending that should have been the beginning of the second act.  That’s doesn’t make the movie bad exactly, it […]

| April 8, 2016
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Spectre (2015)

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Spectre (2015)

Even with its impressive longevity, the James Bond series has always seemed to be teetering just on the edge of becoming outdated, at least in the years since Sean Connery stepped aside. The culture, the world situation, the political climate, the technological advancements and, of course, the state of cinema itself are always threatening to […]

| November 9, 2015
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The Martian (2015)

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The Martian (2015)

There can’t be a greater story device then that of basic survival. One character battles against the elements as their life hangs by the slender thread solely dependent on their own ingenuity and wit. That’s the crux of Ridley Scott’s adaptation of The Martian, a bold and exhilarating red-blooded adventure about a man stranded on […]

| October 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Black Mass (2015)

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Black Mass (2015)

The most refreshing thing about Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, the new biopic of the rise and fall of South Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger is that for once we get an unromantic view of a psychopath. As much as I love fine films like Silence of the Lambs and Psycho, I must admit that both […]

| September 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Poltergeist (2015)

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Poltergeist (2015)

It is very likely that the remake of Poltergeist may be impossible to enjoy on any level. If, like me, you’re a connoisseur of the original and look on it with fond memories, this retread will come off as a soulless carbon copy. If you’ve never seen Steven Spielberg’s film, then this will come off […]

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Ex Machina (2015)

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Ex Machina (2015)

It is lamentably true that the age of brainy science fiction is long behind us. What was once a genre that looked at ideas and questioned the nature of human identity has been diluted into a genre that is almost exclusively nestled in the comforts of action and candy-coated visual effects. What’s left of science […]

| April 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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