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Movie Review: Hacksaw Ridge

An epic true tale of faith has met its match in a filmmaker for whom fire and brimstone are merely a prelude, and the power and singularity of his vision on screen cannot be denied. Director Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge

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Posted in 2016, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: Suicide Squad

David Ayer’s Suicide Squad (C) does a good job introducing and humanizing an ensemble of D.C. Universe villains. Each gets his or her own visual fact file, akin to a baseball card or Pokemon pop-up stats, which is a helpful

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Posted in 2016

Movie Review: Star Trek Beyond

Few traces of classic wit or intellect surface as the crew of the Starship Enterprise weathers the swarm of a bio-weapon hive on a remote planet in the lukewarm third entry of a rebooted franchise in Justin Lin’s Star Trek

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Posted in 2016

Movie Review: Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016)

Despite being loosely based on a tale told better more than three decades ago, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (B-) doesn’t necessarily lack for ideas. In fact, this all-female makeover of the let’s-capture-ghosts-run-amok-in-Manhattan story is a whirling dervish of

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Posted in 2016, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: The BFG (2016)

Steven Spielberg earns a C+ for The BFG (aka The Big Friendly Giant), and this family film is decidedly a GNAS (grower, not a shower), largely languid for nearly two thirds of its length and then unexpectedly rising like a

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Posted in 2016

Guest Movie Review: Independence Day: Resurgence

By Eli Sanchez Guest Contributor Silver Screen Capture Independence Day: Resurgence (C-) falls under the weight of its own existence. This was a heavily delayed film for the past two decades that was just screaming sequel for years, and it

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Posted in 2016, Eli Sanchez

Movie Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

See! Gee! Aye! There’s lots of razzle dazzle effects on view in Bryan Singer’s pre-fab spectacle X-Men: Apocalypse (C), but there’s very little of interest in terms of character or story. In what seems to be an endless multiyear slog

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Posted in 2016

Movie Review: The Nice Guys (2016)

Balancing the enjoyable and the implausible, Shane Black’s The Nice Guys (B) is essentially a cartoon-like series of pratfalls and stunts, buoyed by Ryan Gosling’s funny, lived-in performance as a bumbling 1970’s L.A. private eye. The scruffy script and amusing

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Posted in 2016, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War

Now this is a heist! Anthony and Joe Russo ostensibly entered the picture with the directing gig for a third Captain America film, but they have actually stolen the show by helming the third, most ambitious Avengers movie. Their Captain

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Posted in 2016

Movie Review: The Jungle Book (2016)

Despite clear technical craft in creating simulated forests and talking (sometimes singing) animals, Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book (C) is dramatically inert. Swinging wildly in tone and staking the weight of its storyline on a pint-sized protagonist of limited range,

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Posted in 2016

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