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Review: ‘The Girl on the Train’ plot teeters off the tracks

By | Oct 25, 2016

Overall, viewers looking for their next sexy-thriller fix should just stay home and read the book.


Review: Hodgepodge of mystery themes spoil Tim Burton’s film

By | Oct 18, 2016

The abilities of the Peculiars are a convoluted mess of special effects: They look flashy, but they come across as cheap plot devices.


Review: Ron Howard’s ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week’ shines

By | Oct 4, 2016

Ron Howard’s documentary about the Beatles’ touring years expresses the wild energy and enthusiasm of John, Paul, George and Ringo.


Review: ‘Blair Witch’ fails with repetitive plotline

By | Sep 26, 2016

There’s no fooling the internet, which is where this sequel belongs. “Blair Witch” would be better served as a YouTube short than as a feature film.


Review: Edward Snowden’s leak produces succinct film plot

By | Sep 21, 2016

The movie is indeed a one-sided telling…carried by the spectacular performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Snowden) but hindered by other performances.


Review: ‘Southside With You’ viewers follow a budding romance

By | Sep 19, 2016

Viewers meet Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) as she gets ready in her mother’s home for what she calls a “business meeting.” Her mother teases her, saying, “I thought this wasn’t a date?” To Robinson, it wasn’t — until she met the ever-so-charming Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers). Obama and Robinson visit countless places on their date, such as an Afro-Culture museum exhibit, a church meeting and a theater to see the film “Do the Right Thing.”


Review: Netflix original ‘Stranger Things’ mirrors ’80s tropes

By | Sep 12, 2016

A vile monster. A lovable band of children. A grand conspiracy. A soundtrack worthy of John Carpenter. This is Netflix’s “Stranger Things”: the ’80s homage that still dominates conversation nearly two months after its release.


Review: ‘Don’t Breathe’ defies typical horror films

By | Sep 10, 2016

“Don’t Breathe” is more grounded in its script and its direction — it doesn’t rely on typical jump scares, but it builds tension throughout.


Review: ‘Little Prince’ transports viewers back to childhood

By | Sep 4, 2016

Netflix’s “The Little Prince,” based on the classic work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, delivers such a rich range of emotion, moral and visual complexity. This complexity is evident in “Prince” — each chapter of the Prince’s quest, from his home on the minuscule Asteroid B-612 to the vast expanse of the Sahara Desert, is rendered in stop-motion.


Review: ‘War Dogs’ film barks up the wrong tree

By | Aug 30, 2016

Packouz and Diveroli’s relationship is certainly an entertaining one: The combination of Packouz’s snarky personality and Diveroli’s ignorance makes for funny dialogue. However, the protagonists of “War Dogs” aren’t dynamic; there doesn’t seem to be much growth or change for either character. Not to mention, the story itself didn’t do a great job of making the audience feel connected to the characters.


Review: ‘Squad’ adaptation refuses to stay true to comics

By | Aug 22, 2016

The concept of the Suicide Squad — a group of supervillains who are signed up to do the government’s dirty work — is strong. But when a director subtracts the action, emotion and comedic relief, and replaces it with backstories and unaddressed abusive relationships, it fails.


Review: Satirical remake of ‘Ghostbusters’ fails to please

By | Aug 7, 2016

It’s obvious the “Ghostbusters” team put a great deal of thought into how best to bridge the gap between old and new. In the end, however, the original wins out.