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‘Deepwater Horizon’ Big on Booms, Low on Story

It’s official: Peter Berg is a more toned down version of Michael Bay. “Deepwater Horizon” is based on the true story of the 2010 explosion and oil spill by the titular drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Mark Wahlberg stars alongside Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien and Kate Hudson as Peter… Continue reading ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Big on Booms, Low on Story

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‘The Birth of a Nation’ a Well-Acted but Heavy Handed Drama

Another 2016 film, another disappointment. “The Birth of a Nation” tells the real-life story of Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion. Nate Parker directs (in his debut), co-writes, produces and stars as Turner, with Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King and Jackie Earle Haley in supporting roles. This shares a title with D.W. Griffith’s 1915 film, and… Continue reading ‘The Birth of a Nation’ a Well-Acted but Heavy Handed Drama

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‘The Magnificent Seven’ a Slow, Surprisingly Dull Western Remake

Do yourself a favor and instead of watching this, go watch “3:10 to Yuma” and then “Seven Samurai” (after reading this review of course). “The Magnificent Seven” is a remake of the 1960 western film of the same name, which in turn was a remake of the 1954 Japanese film, “Seven Samurai.” It stars Denzel… Continue reading ‘The Magnificent Seven’ a Slow, Surprisingly Dull Western Remake

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‘Mr. Church’ an Awkward, Tedious Return for Eddie Murphy

It’s hard to believe Eddie Murphy hasn’t made a movie in four years but here we are. I wish it was on better terms… “Mr. Church” stars Murphy as the titular character, a chef who is hired to cook for a single mother (Natascha McElhone) and her daughter (Britt Robertson) in 1970s Los Angeles. Bruce… Continue reading ‘Mr. Church’ an Awkward, Tedious Return for Eddie Murphy

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‘Snowden’ a Well-Acted but Overlong Drama

Joseph Gordon-Levitt really is one talented dude… “Snowden” is the “based on a true story” bio pic about the whistleblower Edward Snowden, the man who leaked classified info to let the world know the NSA was spying on them through their personal technology. Gordon-Levitt stars as the title character while an ensemble cast including Shailene… Continue reading ‘Snowden’ a Well-Acted but Overlong Drama

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The Boring, Unintelligent ‘Blair Witch’ Is One of Worst Horror Films Ever Made

This was hands-down the longest, most grueling 89 minutes I have ever spent in a movie theater. “Blair Witch” is the third installment of the franchise of the same name and follows a group of friends who set out to visit the woods where the first film took place. James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon… Continue reading The Boring, Unintelligent ‘Blair Witch’ Is One of Worst Horror Films Ever Made

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Bridget Jones Delivers a ‘Baby’ and Some Decent Charm

Of all the “it’s been over 10 years, did we really need a sequel?” films of 2016, this one is certainly the best. “Bridget Jones’s Baby” (the grammar there hurts my brain) stars Renée Zellweger in the title role in the third installment of the franchise, and the first since 2004. This time around, Jones… Continue reading Bridget Jones Delivers a ‘Baby’ and Some Decent Charm