Review: “Moana”

4.5 out of 5 stars. Walt Disney Feature Animation has had a remarkable past several years, turning out amazing film after amazing film, from the cultural phenomenon “Frozen” to the record-breaking hit of this spring, “Zootopia.”  But even among such illustrious titles, “Moana” may be the studio’s crowning achievement of this era. “Moana,” which is […]

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Review: “The Edge of Seventeen”

4.5 out of 5 stars. Awkward people and fans of teen comedies, rejoice.  Writer and director Kelly Fremon Craig’s “The Edge of Seventeen” is a wonderful medley of everything that’s great about the John Hughes teen films of the eighties, and the quirky indie comedies of the last decade, a la Juno—in fact, this movie […]

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Review: “Moonlight”

5 out of 5 stars. “Moonlight” is one of those films that it’s hard to believe even exists– it tells a type of story with a type of character that hasn’t been done before, and does so in an exceedingly heartfelt and poetic way that earns it the title of one of the year’s best […]

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Review: “Arrival”

4 out of 5 stars. What would the people of Earth do if our planet was suddenly invaded by an alien race?  It’s a question that has been asked by hundreds of science fiction films, with “Arrival” now joining the bunch.  But “Arrival” isn’t an action movie.  It isn’t about people fighting the aliens; in fact, the story […]

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Review: “Hacksaw Ridge”

4.5 out of 5 stars. It has been ten years since Mel Gibson’s last directorial effort, “Apocalypto,” was released to mixed reviews.  But controversial figure though he may be, Gibson makes a soaring comeback with his new film, “Hacksaw Ridge,” based on the true story of World War II hero Desmond Doss. In the opening of […]

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Review: “Inferno”

2 out of 5 stars. Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon novels aren’t particularly good, and neither were their film adaptations.  So when I say that “Inferno”—the third film based on the third novel in Brown’s series—is better than “Angels and Demons” and about on par with “The Da Vinci Code,” that’s not a compliment. Ron Howard […]

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Review: “The Girl on the Train”

1.5 out of 5 stars. It can be difficult to erase a book’s influence from your mind when watching its film adaptation, but let’s real: some stories, no matter how great they are, just don’t work in film form.  Case in point: Paula Hawkins’ bestselling thriller “The Girl on the Train.” Directed by Tate Taylor, […]

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