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Review: Deeper themes spell success for Disney

By | Mar 21, 2016

The decision of directors Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush to tackle issues of prejudice through the animal world was a gutsy move — one that ultimately paid off.


Review: Mythology-inspired story fails on screen

By | Mar 7, 2016

There would have been a suitable audience for “Gods of Egypt” had it managed not to bury its crowd-pleasing production design in a mess of a story. But the film’s ultimate destination is undoubtedly the burial chamber or underneath the sands of the ceaseless desert wind.


Review: Historical film depicts triumphant story

By | Mar 2, 2016

“Race” is a story about succeeding against adversity set against the backdrop of a racist world in 1930s America and pre-war Nazi Germany.


Review: Much anticipated comedy sequel flops

By | Feb 16, 2016

“Zoolander 2” could have been clever. It could have been witty, with consistently funny jokes or a compelling story. But it has none of these things, and it is ultimately a movie that is just as offensively dumb and pointlessly inane as its main characters.


Review: Moving performances and story produce impactful film

By | Feb 11, 2016

While it appears now as though this film is making an effort to make the NFL game safer, “Concussion” unearthed for much of the football-watching world the damage head injuries can have and negligence the NFL showed for many years.


Review: Tarantino’s skills shine in his eighth film

By | Feb 10, 2016

There is a genius to his humor, his writing and his love of the cinema that is all his own. “The Hateful Eight” is an undeniable testament to an auteur’s command of his art, though it is only enjoyable for the most ardent of his fans.


Review: Shocking story supported by notable actors

By | Feb 4, 2016

Simultaneously invoking shock at the excesses of Wall Street and shedding light on the 2008 financial crisis, one of the least understood crises in U.S. history, “The Big Short” prompts a re-evaluation of American capitalism and an insight into the cutthroat nature of the financial sector.


Review: Thrilling plot and acting keep film afloat

By | Feb 2, 2016

Though it champions a story structure that’s been used many times before, “The Finest Hours” is a rescue story buoyed by some terrific maritime action sequences and very good acting performances.


Review: Documentary-style film pays tribute to Benghazi soldiers

By | Jan 26, 2016

This story is clearly intended to be a moving tribute to the brave American soldiers who, despite their losses, clearly triumphed over an armed militia with superior numbers and weaponry.


Review: Stellar acting and filmmaking create stunning story

By | Jan 25, 2016

A masterful blend of acting and filmmaking, “Carol” is unlike anything on the big screen right now. It offers a refreshing take on same-sex relationships and is sure to shed a little more light on the issue of equality in the world today.


Review: DiCaprio excels in hauntingly brilliant action film

By | Jan 22, 2016

There are few works in recent memory that are more profoundly chilling than “The Revenant.” After watching the film, it’s hard not to be left shivering, haunted by a frigid, hostile wilderness and the hot blood that paints it.


Review: Bond’s latest film falls short of predecessors

By | Nov 28, 2015

The simplistic narrative fails to bring the suspense and intrigue one has grown to expect from a Bond film.