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Disney’s ‘Moana’ might be your next soundtrack or Disney favorite

Moana

“Moana” is finally here, everybody. The first Disney animated feature since — well, Zootopia earlier this year. But it is the first Disney animated musical since Frozen three years ago. If you have kids, there’s definitely no way you’re escaping this one. “Moana” is, at heart, a loving tribute to Polynesian culture in the form… Read More →

Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ brings you back to the wizarding world

Fantastic Beasts

Oh, how wonderful it is to return to the wizarding world of Harry Potter. But wait! “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is, from a storytelling and tonal standpoint, almost nothing like any of the Harry Potter books or movies that created the world in which it lives. This return to one of the… Read More →

Review: ‘Arrival’ alters the mind, and gets you thinking

Arrival

How often does a movie change your life? I’m an emotional guy. I cry during movies all the time. But never before Arrival had I openly wept due to the thrill of discovery. Others are comparing this film to the likes of Interstellar and The Martian simply because its narrative involves elements of science and… Read More →

Review: ‘Doctor Strange’ is an oddly familiar superhero movie

Doctor Strange

I don’t want to know how a superhero became a superhero ever again. Marvel has been doing expectation-shatteringly well with its Cinematic Universe. No matter how tired you are of the comic book movie deluge that is sure to eventually drown out mainstream Hollywood, you cannot deny that most of Marvel’s body of work ranges… Read More →

Review: ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ cliché until it’s not

Hacksaw Ridge

“Ah, another ultra-nationalistic war movie I don’t want to see”, my inner skeptic groaned when I first saw the trailer for Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge.” The last thing I wanted from a director recovering from racist inclinations was a war film served on a red, white and blue platter. Thankfully I enjoy being proven wrong… Read More →

Review: Is ‘The Accountant’ a balanced account?

The Accountant

Director Gavin O’Connor made two films just before The Accountant: The Warrior (which was outstanding) and Jane Got a Gun (which was a mess). Because of the high variance in his track record, I was unsure what quality camp The Accountant would land in. An inventive concept and what looked like a great turn from… Read More →

‘The Girl on the Train’ glues you to the seat

The Girl on the Train

Everybody loves a good whodunit. Not only is it delightful that “whodunit” is a legitimate genre and actual word, but mystery films are usually captivating by nature. Anybody with a normal life to get away from can appreciate a quest to uncover the perpetrator of a murder or some other nefarious deed. Enter “The Girl… Read More →

Review: ‘Deepwater Horizon’ immerses you in the danger

Deepwater Horizon

If you haven’t heard of Deepwater Horizon the movie, you’ve come to the right place. If you haven’t heard of Deepwater Horizon the oil rig, you might have heard of the 2010 BP Oil Spill, when 210 million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. That happened because the Deepwater Horizon oil rig… Read More →

Review: Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s’ another obscure Escapade

20th Century Fox

Of course Tim Burton directed a movie revolving around the word ‘peculiar’. It’s no surprise that his newest project is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: an adaption of a novel about a group of supernatural children hidden away from a closed-minded world. Like X-Men but with a dash of Tim Burton’s endearing strangeness. The… Read More →

Review: ‘Snowden’ reveals tale of controversial whistleblower

Snowden

Fact: Edward Snowden is an American hero. Ok, perhaps that’s more a matter of opinion — but the perception of Edward Snowden is a global issue. The famous dissenter blew the whistle on an invasive NSA surveillance program back in 2013 and our country’s awareness of the government keeping tabs on us has been heightened ever… Read More →

The 10 best summer movies of 2016

Famous movies

Well, the summer movie season came to an end after the long weekend, and what a disappointing summer it was. The blockbuster machine stalled to a half-hearted halt this year, and most of the big summer movies were entirely unworthy of our time and money. While the summer of 2016 didn’t meet anyone’s movie expectations,… Read More →

Review: ‘Don’t Breathe’ takes you on a roller coaster of horror

Don't Breathe

Ah, horror movies, the great American pastime. What’s more patriotic than escaping the election season and summer heat to hide in a movie theater and submit to relentless scares instead? Maybe a lot of things, but for many of us, horror films are one of the purest forms of escapism available. They’re like cinematic roller… Read More →

Review: stop-motion animation ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

Kubo and the Two Strings

Stop-motion animation is one of the most painstakingly intricate, beloved, and impressive forms of filmmaking on the planet. Stop-motion movies are so rare these days that we must take the time and effort to appreciate every instance of one that flits through theaters. Given the amount of craft they demand, it would be difficult to… Read More →

Review: ‘War Dogs’ wavers between war and humor

War Dogs

War Dogs is a story of government corruption, arms dealing, worldwide criminal activity, war profiteering, and the testing of tenuous relationships through it all. And who better to bring that story to you than the director of The Hangover? I can think of a lot of directors, actually, who could more skillfully handle such a… Read More →