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Leo, Oscars and Bears – Oh My!

Poor Leonardo DiCaprio. Five times he has seen golden statues march past him, and five times he has had to watch them fall into the hands of another. So now, in an attempt to finally ensnare an Oscar,...
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Finding Home with Brooklyn

Where is home? “Brooklyn” chronicles a young woman’s journey that is both literal and introspective. After stepping out of Ellis Island’s customs checkpoint into a heavenly lig...
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“The Force Awakens” Brings Back What We Love

“I’ve never seen so many nerds in one place.” I said that to my father as the theater continued to fill up with kids and adults, most wearing Star Wars T-shirts. It was the first tim...
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The Money’s on the Humor

I’d be lying if I said I understood half of what the hell people were talking about in this film. Not since “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” have I been so befuddled. Listening to its fin...
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Peanuts Returns, and It’s Wonderful

I may have shot myself in the foot here by choosing to review a film mired in a universe I am only somewhat familiar with. And I doubt very many people will want to go see a rated-G film in lieu of ...
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A Success Chiseled in Stone: “Trumbo” screens at Pollock

As a writer, I found myself basking in the characterization wonder that was Dalton Trumbo, realized on-screen by Bryan Cranston. I believe the audience in the Pollock did as well, as they were not onl...
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Spielberg. Hanks. The Coens. Hell Yes.

While some spent their Friday nights getting drunk, partying it up or maybe even tickling their nostalgia with “Goosebumps,” I saw “Bridge of Spies.” Because how else will I further cement my ...
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“Trumbo” Comes to Script to Screen

The Hollywood Ten sounds like a cute name, doesn’t it? Sort of like the Fab Four or the Magnificent Seven. In reality, though, that name brought only disdain and misery for its members. The Ten were...
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The Martian is Out of This….Ugh, Please Don’t Make Me Say That.

I will not deny it; writing that headline was somewhat painful. But it’s true: “The Martian,” the adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel, is pretty damn good as a matter of fortunate fact. And, even ...
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‘Black Mass’ Shows Depp Can Do More Than Make Faces

Over the past decade-plus, we’ve watched Johnny Depp play sauntering, maniacal weirdos in so many films that I wonder if he goes to bed flailing his hands in the air like he’s trying to bat away f...
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Fear for the Future of this Spinoff

  About two and a half years ago, I couldn’t sleep one night, so at three in the morning, I went on Netflix and popped on the first episode of “The Walking Dead.” The first 20 minutes absol...
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The Men From U.N.C.L.E. Need To Find a Better Plot

“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” is a bit of a misleading title. For starters, there’s more than one man in a leading role. Secondly, who or what is U.N.C.L.E.? A spy organization? A coalition force? A...
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‘Sharknado 3?’ Oh Hell Yes!

The way I saw it, I had one of two options: see “Pixels,” a movie that I knew I was going to hate and give more of my money to the hellspawn that is Adam Sandler in the process, or see “Sharknad...
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Ian McKellen Redefines Our Dear “Mr. Holmes”

We’ve seen a lot of different versions of Sherlock Holmes over the years, from the stereotypical deerstalker-wearing version popularized and made iconic by the likes of Basil Rathbone to the much-ad...
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He’s Back. What a Surprise.

If anything, this movie proves that if you set your expectations low enough, anything will satisfy you. Was “Terminator Genisys” necessary? No. Was it fun?  A bit.  Does it prey on your nostalgi...
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