Review: “Dark Phoenix”

2 out of 5 stars. 2019 is the year that many iconic pop culture franchises are coming to a conclusion.  But while 20th Century Fox’s live-action “X-Men” series has been around for longer than most of them—almost 20 years, in fact—it feels less like a bittersweet farewell and more like a sigh of relief to […]

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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: “The Light Between Oceans”

“The Light Between Oceans” is a gorgeously shot and acted film whose subject matter sadly never advances beyond its tiresome melodramatic plot. Directed by Derek Cianfrance and based on a novel by M.L. Stedman, the drama begins in early 1920s Australia, detailing the relationship between sullen lighthouse keeper and World War I veteran Tom Sherbourne […]

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