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Top 10 blockbuster movies of 2016

Captain America: Civil War

2016 has been a punishing year for all of us. Amidst the countless celebrity deaths and global political disarray, Hollywood had a particularly weak year as well. Unoriginal sequels dominated and underwhelmed eager audiences everywhere — but there were a few blockbusters that stood out in the realm of great film. So which big, popular… Read More →

Review: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ pays respect to renowned games

Assassin's Creed

“Nothing is true. Everything is permitted.” This is the assassins’ creed, the motto of the popular “Assassin’s Creed” video game series on which this movie is based. I have to disagree with the creed though, for I know one thing to be true: “Assassin’s Creed” is the best video game movie ever made. However, in… Read More →

Review: ‘Passengers’ leaves you trapped with the cast

Public service announcement: do not spend your hard-earned money on “Passengers”. Do not spend your precious time on “Passengers”. There is only one good reason to consider sacrificing either to this soap opera in space: if you’re using it as a drinking game. Yeah, it’s that bad. If I took a shot for every time… Read More →

Review: ‘Rogue One’ captures the imagination with visuals

Rogue One

Star Wars: a universe of duality. The dark side vs. the light, the Rebel Alliance vs. the Galactic Empire, the original trilogy vs. the prequel trilogy — Star Wars films are not shy about the clear-cut contrasts that define their adventures. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” lives in the middle of the chronological spectrum:… Read More →

Review: ‘Jackie’ a striking portrait of the famed First Lady

Jackie

Before I saw “Jackie”, I did not know a lot about Jackie Kennedy. After seeing it, I still do not know a lot about Jackie Kennedy. But what I do know is bathed in intricacy, thanks to a magnificent performance from Natalie Portman. Directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín and written by accomplished political journalist… Read More →

Review: ‘Office Christmas Party’ a Grinch of a movie, or what?

Office Christmas Party

Here’s a get rich quick scheme: take all the money you’d otherwise spend on “raunchy holiday comedies” and invest it. Actually, that’s not fair. Last year’s “The Night Before” was a bona fide classic with both maturity and festivity, so that’s a few bucks you can safely spend on the adult Christmas film niche. But… Read More →

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 →