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Split - Movie Review

Split - Movie ReviewOne of the few things more beguiling than an M. Night Shaymalan movie when the writer/director is at the top of his game, is the direction his career has taken over the last decade or so. He launched to meteoric heights back in the late ‘90s and early 00’s with The Sixth  ...

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xXx: The Return of Xander Cage - Movie Review

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage - Movie ReviewKeep that foot on the gas. Apparently, Vin Diesel has enough machismo left in the tank to take lead position in yet another revved-up and frenetic franchise. Xander Cage, extreme sports hero and sometimes government spy (last seen in 2002), has returned to motorcycle surf  ...

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Patriots Day - Movie Review

Patriots Day - Movie ReviewWith the tragic events of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing seared deeply into our psyche, questions of whether we are ready for a film about the tragedy swirl around the release of Patriots Day, a new film directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg ...

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The Bye Bye Man - Movie Review

The Bye Bye Man - Movie ReviewThe Bye Bye Man is a new horror film with a new monster that you will want to applaud more than you actually do.  Maybe it’s because of that stupid title.  More than likely, though, is the fact that the film is oh so very familiar and a bit too technically challenged for its own good  ...

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Hidden Figures - Movie Review

Hidden Figures - Movie ReviewIt’s only appropriate that Hidden Figures is the first movie to tell the unbelievable but true story of a trio of brilliant women who – along with other NASA-employed black female mathematicians – helped America win the space race against the Soviet Union in the 1960s. After all,  ...

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Underworld: Blood Wars - Movie Review

Underworld: Blood Wars - Movie ReviewThe night has descended once again across Cineplexes everywhere with the arrival of the fifth entry in the ongoing Underworld series. The war between vampires and lycans is far from over. While Blood Wars won’t earn itself any new fans to the franchise, the gothic series makes for ...

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20th Century Women - Movie Review

20th Century Women - Movie ReviewGraceful and seductively beguiling, Mike Mills’ intimate portrait of five people living in 1979 Santa Barbara is one of the year’s most pleasant surprises ...

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Fences - Movie Review

Fences - Movie ReviewThe first thing to know about the Denzel Washington-acted-and-directed Fences is that it is a direct stage-to-screen adaptation of one of August Wilson’s ten The American Century Cycle Pittsburgh-based plays that focused on the African-American experience. Each play was  ...

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Manchester by the Sea - Movie Review

Macnchester by the Sea - Movie ReviewFilmmaker Kenneth Lonergan follows up the success of his two previous directorial efforts, You Can Count on Me (2000) and Margaret (2011), with Manchester by the Sea, a film that knocked ‘em dead at this year’s Sundance and promises equal praise as it releases wide around  ...

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Movie Review

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Movie ReviewHoly Sith!  Rogue One is a hit.  Stop reading, folks.  March yourself to the theater, plop down your money, and go enjoy the first theatrically-released Star Wars spinoff.  You will cheer, applaud, and pay to see it again and again.  And, yes, it bumps right up against the beginning  ...

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