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Movie Review: Colossal (2017)

If you’ve ever felt like the late-night denizens on a bender in your neighborhood bar or Uber pool could be as destructive to urban life as Godzilla, Mothra or a Giant Robot, you’ll find comfort in Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal (B-),

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Posted in 2017

Movie Review: Dave Made a Maze

Bill Watterson’s Dave Made a Maze (C-) is puzzlingly one-note, like a student film stretched incessantly to feature length and a bit too pleased with its random acts of peculiarity. When a frustrated thirty-year-old (Nick Thune, unconvincing) builds a cardboard

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Posted in 2017

Guest Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

By Eli Sanchez Guest Contributor, Silver Screen Capture David Yates’ prequel to the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (C-) changes the Wizarding World setting from mainly rural Great Britain to 1920’s New York City. The

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Posted in 2016

Movie Review: Swiss Army Man

A genre hopping film about being lost in the wilderness and summoning the courage that only a best friend can help you achieve, Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan’s Sundance discovery Swiss Army Man (A-) is the year’s cinematic curiosity as

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Posted in 2016, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Over the years as latter films in the Star Wars pantheon have produced diminishing returns, there’s been a bit of a grading curve – “pretty good acting … for someone in a Star Wars film,” “fairly cool action scene …

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Posted in 2015, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

Damned as the third and most inert installment of an already stretched out film adaptation of a novel barely as thick as a pamphlet, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (C-) is the uninvolving conclusion of a

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Posted in 2014

Movie Review: Maleficent

An absentee wealthy father, three spinster sisters hawking wish fulfillment and blather, a conflicted surrogate aunt with mixed feelings about a visiting teenager and a 16-year-old with a strong attraction to a needle somehow manage to create a fairly inert

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Posted in 2014

Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The second chapter in the Middle Earth set dwarf dynasty is slightly more interesting than its plodding prequel predecessor, upgrading Peter Jackson’s Hobbit 2 to a C+. Basically (1) an elfin forest needs better arachne-pest control, (2) a river escape

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Posted in 2013

Movie Review: Oz: The Great and Powerful

Director Sam Raimi has built a palace on a poppy field with the visually resplendent, narratively inert box office hit Oz: The Great and Powerful (C-). Built around a conman protagonist played by James Franco and featuring the most star

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Posted in 2013

Movie Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The most unexpected thing about Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (C-) is what a letdown it is after his famous Middle Earth trilogy that came before it. If the Lord of the Rings novels were each dense books

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Posted in 2012

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