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‘Game Night’ Uses a Talented Cast to Provide Big Laughs

When executed properly, I don’t think there is anything better than a black comedy. “Game Night” follows a group of friends (Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris and Kylie Bunbury) who get involved in a possible kidnapping mystery during their weekly game night get together. Kyle Chandler, Jesse Plemons and Jeffrey… Continue reading ‘Game Night’ Uses a Talented Cast to Provide Big Laughs

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Performances, Style and Energy Help ‘Black Panther’ Transcend its Familiar Flaws

This is the least-Marvely Marvel movie in quite some time… “Black Panther” is based off the superhero of the same name, played by Chadwick Boseman. After inheriting the throne of his African nation from his deceased father, King T’Challa must stop a mysterious challenger and learn how to become a true leader. Michael B. Jordan,… Continue reading Performances, Style and Energy Help ‘Black Panther’ Transcend its Familiar Flaws

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‘Fifty Shades Freed’ an Unsatisfying Climax

We recently got the third entry of a staple Hollywood franchise in both “Thor” and “Pitch Perfect” so it only seems right that one of the most-mocked trilogies of all-time gets its swan song, too. “Fifty Shades Freed” is the third and (thank God) final film of the “Fifty Shades” franchise, and follows newlyweds Christian… Continue reading ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ an Unsatisfying Climax

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‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ is a Fascinating Disaster of a Film

The Patriots lost the Super Bowl, so God had to balance the positive vibes that put into universe by releasing this film the same day… “The Cloverfield Paradox” is the third film of the “Cloverfield” franchise, and follows a group of astronauts aboard the ISS who must find a way back to earth after they… Continue reading ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ is a Fascinating Disaster of a Film

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‘Den of Thieves’ Starts and Ends Great; It’s the 120 Minutes In Between that Are Rough

Just like “12 Strong” this is a better film than January deserves but can’t seem to get out of its own way. “Den of Thieves” follows a group of bank robbers who plan to rob the Federal Reserve in Los Angeles, and the elite squad of Sherriff Officers who set out to stop them.  The… Continue reading ‘Den of Thieves’ Starts and Ends Great; It’s the 120 Minutes In Between that Are Rough

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Well-Acted and Haunting, ‘Phantom Thread’ May Not Be for Everyone

Steven Soderbergh has faked retirement a handful of times, so here’s hoping Daniel Day-Lewis follows in his path. “Phantom Thread” is the latest film from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson (his first since 2014’s “Inherent Vice”) and actor Daniel Day-Lewis (his first performance since 2012’s “Lincoln”); the pair previously worked together on “There Will Be Blood.”… Continue reading Well-Acted and Haunting, ‘Phantom Thread’ May Not Be for Everyone

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’12 Strong’ a Well-Intentioned but All-Too-Familiar War Film

For a film about a complex (and still ongoing) war, this sure tries to simplify things down to moral victories… “12 Strong” tells the declassified true story of a group of U.S. Special Forces soldiers who were the first to attack al-Qaeda following the September 11th attacks. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael… Continue reading ’12 Strong’ a Well-Intentioned but All-Too-Familiar War Film