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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Movie Review

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Movie ReviewFifteen years after the release of the first Harry Potter film and five years after the final film, Warner Bros plunges their hands back down the throat of the Sorting Hat and yanks out a NEW quintilogy in an offshoot of the world of wizardry that J.K. Rowling once assembled on the  ...

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Arrival - Movie Review

Arrival - Movie ReviewScience fiction alien invasion flicks. They are a dime-a-dozen. Mysterious ship arrives on Earth and blows the population to smithereens. Or the creatures are disposed of in short order by flag-waving, cigar-chomping patriots who “don’t take no $%#@ off anyone.” Then, in some, ...

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The Monster - Movie Review

The Monster - Movie review and detailsMonster movies – no matter how old-fashioned they appear – will never EVER go out of style.  There will always be a corner of the dark forest where terrifying things lurk about and, perhaps more importantly, there will always be people who want to watch these creatures spring  ...

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Doctor Strange - Movie Review

Doctor strange - Movie ReviewMarvel Studios continues to hammer out one successful movie after another. Their meteoric rise seems damn near unstoppable. With a trusted formula for heroics, heart, and comedy firmly in hand, the studio aims for the stars. Their latest offering is no different; it just slides  ...

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Hacksaw Ridge - Movie Review

Hacksaw Ridge - Movie ReviewThough largely out of the limelight for the last dozen or so years – save for a turn behind the camera in 2006’s Apocalypto, a failed return to acting as a puppet-wielding alcoholic, and more than the occasional news clip of arrest, divorce, assault, and anti-Semite accusations  ...

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - Movie Review

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - Movie Review2012 saw the wildly popular Lee Childs bestselling books come to life on the big screen with Jack Reacher, a film that caught most by surprise with its bad-ass vintage style and tone that harkened back to the he-man, classic car-chase films of the ‘70s like Bullitt and The French  ...

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Ouija: Origin of Evil - Movie Review

Ouija: Origin of Evil - Movie ReviewArmed with a healthy dose of much needed restraint, director Mike Flanagan (Oculus) and co-writer Jeff Howard collaborate to save Ouija: Origin of Evil from the haunting lows of its predecessor.  It’s incredible to see just how much better the prequel is when compared to the  ...

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The Birth of a Nation (2016) - Movie Review

The Birth of a Nation (2016) - Movie ReviewThough it borrows the title of D.W. Griffith’s 1915 silent film, 2016’s The Birth of a Nation isn’t a remake of that earlier film. In fact, other than the common subject of slavery in mid-nineteenth century America, the two are virtual polar opposites, with the original widely considered  ...

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Deepwater Horizon - Movie Review

Deepwater Horizon - Movie ReviewMany of us recall seeing the horrendous images: oil-coated birds floundering in the surf; sticky brown suds washing ashore on the Gulf’s coast; blurry video images of oil gushing from the sea floor. That’s what we remember when someone brings up the Deepwater Horizon  ...

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Operation Avalanche - Movie Review

Operation Avalanche - Movie ReviewWhen the results are this hilarious, who needs sophistication?  Filmmaker Matt Johnson (The Dirties) and co-conspirator Owen Williams return to playing themselves in their second feature, Operation Avalanche.  It is a comedy thriller that walks and talks like a documentary  ...

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