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Oscar Check: THE REVENANT Film Review

By at February 12, 2016 | 2:27 pm | 0 Comment

Oscar Check: THE REVENANT Film Review

2.5 / 5 stars I imagine that somewhere across the Rocky Mountains, Leonardo DiCaprio’s titular character in The Revenant is still trudging through ice and snow, face and lips chapped to a crisp, grunting in pain and whispering his demand for revenge. The key word there is still. Because director Alejandro Iñárritu – a man who must love the critic’s word more...

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The 10 Best Films of 2015. And Where To Find Them.

By at January 23, 2016 | 11:43 am | 0 Comment

The 10 Best Films of 2015. And Where To Find Them.

Like every film critic, I had wonderful intentions of having my annual best-of feature ready to go by the first day of 2016. But hey, if intentions were actions, this would have been ready three weeks ago. Better late than never, but my personal Top Ten of 2015 now has some fortuitous timing with a notable groupthink about the best films of the year, namely the more...

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The Wizards of Wall Street: THE BIG SHORT Film Review

By at December 25, 2015 | 4:01 pm | 2 Comments

The Wizards of Wall Street: THE BIG SHORT Film Review

4.5 / 5 stars If you don’t think hard-hitting humor is appropriate for global economic disaster, consider The Big Short. According to the film, based on Michael Lewis’s book, the 2008 housing crisis / banking debacle was caused by such a powerful vortex of morons and cheats, you just have to laugh. Or scream. So the offbeat and exceptional choice of Adam McKay more...

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Newbies, Oldies and Goodies: STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS Film Review

By at December 21, 2015 | 1:00 am | 1 Comments

Newbies, Oldies and Goodies: STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS Film Review

4 / 5 stars The skills needed to properly rejigger the Star Wars series happen, luckily enough, to be J.J. Abrams' strong suit: Understanding popular sci-fi culture remarkably well and evolving its mythology. Abrams exhibited these talents long before Star Wars was a gleam in his eye, right on your TV screen with Lost. There, his isolated universe had sci-fi zeitgeist more...

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