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A (Hunger) Game Well-Played: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 Film Review

By at March 29, 2016 | 10:32 pm | 2 Comments

A (Hunger) Game Well-Played: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 Film Review

3.5 / 5 stars In the three short years since the first big-screen episode of The Hunger Games, the young adult genre saw two notable events: A spate of lesser – and less popular – YA film series surfaced, and The Hunger Games became the category's surprisingly solid standout. What began with a passable, mild by-the-numbers opening entry from director Gary Ross more...

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A Fair Century: THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED Review

By at March 10, 2016 | 10:58 pm | 1 Comments

A Fair Century: THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED Review

3 / 5 stars If you’re one of those rare Oscar followers who feels compelled to search out every nominated film – not just the Best Picture nominees, but all honorees – I’ve got you covered with the most WTF title of the 2015 ceremony. In the Makeup & Hairstyling category (try to contain your excitement), lined up next to Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant, more...

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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 | 1 Comments

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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