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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Finest Hours’ Leaks But Stays Afloat

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Film: The Finest Hours
Directed by: Craig Gillespie
Starring: Chris Pine, Holliday Grainger, Casey Affleck

Heroic feats on the sea seem to be a bit of a trend nowadays at the theaters. With Ron Howard’s In The Heart of the

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Lady In The Van’ Pulls Out Of First Gear, Thanks To Maggie Smith

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Film: The Lady In The Van
Directed By: Nicholas Hytner
Starring: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings

Saccharine messages like “sometimes in life, you need a helping hand” litter the feel-good true stories we see gracing the cinema every so often. What …

MOVIE REVIEW: Don’t Enter ‘The Forest,’ Please

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Film: The Forest
Directed by: Jason Zada
Starring: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa

It’s the beginning of the new year, folks. With that comes many beautiful things in film, like new indies to be seen or award-nominated movies to …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Flexes The Power Of Escapism (And The Light Side)

Film: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver
Directed By: JJ Abrams

I’m not going to sit here and reflect upon the personal relationship I had with the Star Wars franchise as a kid. We …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘In The Heart Of The Sea’ Sinks To Dull Depths

Film: In the Heart of the Sea
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw
Directed By: Ron Howard

Like an old school seafaring yarn, In the Heart of the Sea was primed to be told by a campfire. You know, …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Shelter’ Is Captivating And Depressing In Equal Measure

Film: Shelter
Starring: Anthony Mackie, Jennifer Connelly
Directed by: Paul Bettany

Paul Bettany’s first feature behind the camera, Shelter, is without a doubt one of 2015’s most depressing new films. It’s a heartbreaking look at life on the streets …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse’ Is Dumb Fun

Film: Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan
Directed by: Christopher Landon

Every time I think I have seen what will certainly be the last enjoyable horror-comedy involving zombies, a new title appears with …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Nasty Baby’ Is An Unforgettable, Albeit Flawed Film

Film: Nasty Baby
Starring: Tunde Adebimpe, Kristen Wiig
Directed by: Sebastián Silva

Nasty Baby may be the most surprising movie of the year, but to discuss why that might be true would be to ruin what is sure to be …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ’99 Homes’ Is A Thrilling Tale Of Foreclosure

Film: 99 Homes
Starring: Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield
Directed by: Ramin Bahrani

Combining award-worthy performances with taut, thrilling narrative, 99 Homes is a chilling economic parable that speaks to the deepest fears of every man and woman hoping to provide …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead’ Is Funny & Important

Film: Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Story Of National Lampoon
Starring: Henry Beard, Chevy Chase
Directed by: Douglas Tirola

In a world of remakes, reboots, and prequels the idea of tracing the roots of something funny all the way back …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pay The Ghost’ Finds Nic Cage In Peak Form

Film: Pay The Ghost
Starring: Nicolas Cage
Directed by: Uli Edel

Twenty-six years after first exploring the world of horror with Vampire’s Kiss, Nicolas Cage has returned to battle a child-stealing witch in Uli Edel’s Pay The Ghost.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Everest’ Offers More Heart Than Suspense

Film: Everest
Starring: Jason Clarke, Sam Worthington, Kiera Knightley
Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur

Not since Vertical Limit has a film reached the heights of mountain climbing entertainment achieved by Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest. It’s far from the perfect thriller, but …

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