Review: “Fences”

4 out of 5 stars. Fences can be built to keep things in; they can also be built to keep things out.  While there is a literal fence being constructed by Denzel Washington’s character Troy throughout the movie “Fences,” it is also symbolic of his and Viola Davis’ character Rose’s relationship to each other, and […]

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Review: “Assassin’s Creed”

2 out of 5 stars. Film adaptations of video games have never had a good track record.  So to say that “Assassin’s Creed” is the best game-to-film adaptation in a long time may not exactly be a compliment.  In placing plot over action, the film takes what is best about the games and turns it […]

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Review: “La La Land”

4.5 out of 5 stars. “La La Land” opens with a long tracking shot, the camera moving along bumper-to-bumper traffic on a Los Angeles freeway, a cacophony of sounds and different music emanating from each vehicle—a fairly typical scene, until, one by one, people leap out of their cars, jumping on top of them and […]

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Review: “Loving”

4 out of 5 stars. Loving was their name, and they were persecuted for doing the exact same thing.  In “Loving,” writer/director Jeff Nichols tells the true story of the landmark 1967 court case Loving v. Virginia, in which the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for states to prohibit interracial marriage.  It’s a […]

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