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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


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 →

Sausage Party Review: funny and existential

Sausage Party review

Sausage Party is about sentient food items that discover the unfortunate truth of the human diet. Sausage Party is an animated film featuring adorably brought to life foodstuffs — one that is also a hard-R, boundary shattering barrage of adult humor. Once you find out that its writers are Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the… Read More →

Is ‘Indignation’ the best movie of the summer?


There are some films that demand the right to exist through sheer beauty. Indignation is one of those films. As far as I know, no one was particularly clamoring for an adaption of the interminable Philip Roth’s 2008 novel. Most moviegoers probably have no idea who the author is. But during a summer of endlessly… Read More →

‘Jason Bourne’ Review: Does Matt Damon’s return save the series?

MATT DAMON returns to his most iconic role in "Jason Bourne." Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures' Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA's most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows. (Photo by Jasin Boland)

For a movie titled Jason Bourne, this has less to do with Jason Bourne than any Bourne film I’ve seen. Don’t worry — I haven’t seen The Bourne Legacy. The original Bourne trilogy is without a doubt one of my favorite movie series of all time. It exemplifies cerebral thrills to perfection. Bourne is a… Read More →

Review: will ‘Nerve’ leave you feeling nervous?


Don’t let Wikipedia fool you: while Nerve’s wiki page describes it as an “action crime techno-thriller survival film”, the movie is a horror at heart. That’s not to say it’s terrifying or that it doesn’t contain hints of “action crime techno-thriller survival” in its lifeblood. But beneath all the technological teen talk and pomp, it… Read More →

Review: Will you sleep with the lights on after ‘Lights Out’?

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

It’s unbelievable that Lights Out didn’t exist until now. Nearly everyone is afraid of the dark. When I first started watching horror movies, I slept with the lights on (ok, occasionally I still do) — why hadn’t a filmmaker directly exploited our infantile reliance on light yet? Turns out the director of the fiendishly well-made… Read More →