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‘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 →

Does ‘Star Trek Beyond’ work without Abrams?

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Star Trek Beyond boldly goes where many filmmakers have gone before, and maybe that’s not such a bad thing. As a film critic sometimes I have to know when to be skeptical. For example, I loved J. J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot of Star Trek. But when I saw that Justin Lin — the testosterone vehicle… Read More →

5 celebrities who should be running for president instead

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With the ridiculousness of political coverage headlines growing exponentially, many people — myself included — end up looking for temporary escapes from the inane insanity. For some — definitely myself included — that escape is the wonderful world of movies. When you’re calming down in the dark of a movie theater, certain ideas can arise:… Read More →

A feline first: Entrepreneur hopes to launch cat café

Melissa Pruitt: Future owner of LaGattara Cat Café.

Seventeen years ago, an entrepreneur in Taipei, Taiwan opened the world’s very first café with cats as the guests’ accompaniment. With this attraction being as bizarre as it sounds, word got out and the cafés began to blossom worldwide. These “cat cafés” have become such a trend that they have gained publicity on shows like… Read More →

5 Best Films Made in Arizona

Films made in Arizona

Rumor has it that Flagstaff was almost the filmmaking capital of America, but it was abandoned in favor of Hollywood due to cold weather. I feel we were unfairly represented. 470 miles from Hollywood isn’t that bad though. Not all of Arizona looks like the ugly stretch of desert between Tempe and Tucson, and as… Read More →

Review: One big meh for ‘Ghostbusters’


We are living in an era of unnecessary reboots and sequels, and we are powerless to stop it. Next in line for Hollywood’s endless quest to capitalize on our collective childhood is the reboot of Ghostbusters. Criticism of the reboot has ranged from caution to blatant misogyny: online groups without a modicum of intelligence, respect,… Read More →

Drug drama ‘The Infiltrator’ starts slow, pays off


It’s quite rare that I know little about a movie before I’m watching it. Normally I’m reminding myself of a film’s writer and director before the opening credits have a chance to kick in. The Infiltrator somehow slipped under my obsessive radar though: as I sat down to watch it, I hadn’t even seen a… Read More →

Review: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ drops the ball

The Secret Life of Pets

Voice actor casting can make or break a movie. In The Secret Life of Pets, it was a huge distraction for me. The voice behind central dog Max is Louis C.K., renowned comedian and professional sardonic jerk. As a fan of his comedy, I could NOT get past the fact that the perpetually profane sad… Read More →

Carlson Creek Vineyard announces Scottsdale tasting room opening date

carlson creek vineyard

As part of the biggest expansion in the company’s history, Willcox-based Carlson Creek Vineyard will be opening its second tasting room in Scottsdale’s arts and entertainment district the weekend of Friday, July 15 – Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Throughout the weekend, Carlson Creek will not only be pouring its entire wine catalogue, but… Read More →

Review: ‘Swiss Army Man’ is a rootin’ tootin’ ride

Swiss Army Man

A lone man prepares to hang himself, stranded on a small island for who knows how long. He tightens his noose, sings a song from his childhood, and prepares to end his life… Until he sees a body wash up on shore. He checks for life, but it’s a dead man. But wait- it’s farting!… Read More →

Review: The BFG is a faithful adaption for better and for worse


Movies have an uncanny ability to transport you to another time. Steven Spielberg, irrefutably one of the greatest living directors, has created this feeling in film masterfully over the years. Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, the first Indiana Jones — they’re a few of many classics that thrive off of Spielberg’s directorial magic, absorbing audiences… Read More →

‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ is a miserable failure of a nostalgia ride

Independence Day: Resurgence

2016 must hold some record by now for terrible sequels. I’ve seen 42 of the year’s movies, and of the five worst, four have a colon in their title. These are all action movies, and three of the four are sequels. For future reference, an action movie sequel with a colon in the title is… Read More →