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The 10 Best Films of 2016 and Where to Find Them

By at January 2, 2017 | 1:37 pm | 0 Comment

The 10 Best Films of 2016 and Where to Find Them

Over the 17 years I've been reviewing films and compiling Top Ten lists, I've never had trouble identifying my favorite film of the year. Until 2016. Perhaps it was the persistent haze hovering over a painfully strange year in culture and beyond, but no movie pushed its way to the fore of my brain. That doesn't mean my top choice for 2016 isn't as worthy as other No. 1s more...

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Mastering the Game: THE PHENOM Film Review

By at November 7, 2016 | 10:26 pm | 3 Comments

Mastering the Game: THE PHENOM Film Review

4.5 / 5 stars Watching the first scene of The Phenom, I thought I was somehow in the middle of the film by mistake. The opening conversation between pro baseball pitcher Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons) and his sports specialty shrink (Paul Giamatti) feels so natural, so in-progress, I momentarily questioned whether I was seeing the beginning of movie. I was, of course, more...

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Still Bourne? JASON BOURNE Film Review

By at July 28, 2016 | 10:53 pm | 2 Comments

Still Bourne? JASON BOURNE Film Review

2 / 5 stars Public demand seemed strong enough for a fourth chapter in the Matt Damon-led Bourne movies, thus Jason Bourne was born. And with that, the series has officially overstayed its welcome. This latest entry represents the longest gap in between series’ films – nine years since the Oscar-winning The Bourne Ultimatum – and stands as a considerable 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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