SILENCE Speaks Volumes About a Painful Faith
Theatrical Review
Theatrical Review

SILENCE Speaks Volumes About a Painful Faith

Martin Scorsese’s much-anticipated screen adaptation of the novel Silence by Shūsaku Endō takes complicated subject matter and treats it with the respect that such a…

LION’s Roar is Quietly Powerful
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Theatrical Review

LION’s Roar is Quietly Powerful

There was probably a time back in the day when a movie like Lion would have been considered one of the top movie events of…

ASSASSIN’S CREED Essentially Kills the Video Game Movie
Theatrical Review
Theatrical Review

ASSASSIN’S CREED Essentially Kills the Video Game Movie

This holiday season, Assassin’s Creed, the much anticipated adaptation of the mega-popular video game series, is finally released amidst a number of reshoots, rewrites, and…

FENCES Builds Up Powerhouse Drama and Stellar Acting
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Theatrical Review

FENCES Builds Up Powerhouse Drama and Stellar Acting

The business of bringing celebrated works of theater to the screen has always been an incredibly risky process. What works so well on the stage…

“Why Us?” is the Bigger Question Worth Asking While Watching WHY HIM?
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Theatrical Review

“Why Us?” is the Bigger Question Worth Asking While Watching WHY HIM?

Let me just say right off the bat that Why Him? is a Christmas movie. It may not be marketed as a Christmas movie, but…

PASSENGERS Is a Shiny Apple With a Rotten Core
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Theatrical Review

PASSENGERS Is a Shiny Apple With a Rotten Core

To say that a movie has lots of eye candy isn’t necessarily an insult, and Passengers has plenty of it, along with more complex (and…

SING: An “American Idol”-Inspired Animation That Lacks Range
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Theatrical Review

SING: An “American Idol”-Inspired Animation That Lacks Range

In terms of animation, 2016 has been a standout year. The quality of features such as Kubo and the Two Strings, Finding Dory, Moana and…

Visual Beauty and Raw Emotion Abound in A MONSTER CALLS
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Theatrical Review

Visual Beauty and Raw Emotion Abound in A MONSTER CALLS

I think it’s important before reviewing the various aspects of A Monster Calls to stop and take a moment to realize how much of a…

PATRIOTS DAY Finds America’s Best in a Terrible Week
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Review

PATRIOTS DAY Finds America’s Best in a Terrible Week

It’s not the easiest time to be a patriot. I hadn’t even left the theater after the rousing, deeply moving Patriots Day before I learned…

ASSASSIN’S CREED Achievement Unlocked: A Video Game Movie That Doesn’t Suck
Theatrical Review
Theatrical Review

ASSASSIN’S CREED Achievement Unlocked: A Video Game Movie That Doesn’t Suck

Does being the best video game-based movie ever count for much? While other entries in this less-than-illustrious genre have their defenders – Paul W.S. Anderson’s…