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California Dreamin: LA LA LAND Film Review

By at December 14, 2016 | 10:56 pm | 0 Comment

California Dreamin: LA LA LAND Film Review

4 / 5 stars You don’t have to be a sentimental fool to appreciate La La Land, but it sure does help. Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to Whiplash is quite fond of sentimentality and, for the most part, so are its characters. If you approach this spirited alt-take on the Hollywood musical with a skip in your step and a song in your heart, you’ll find a piece of 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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The MITL Mother-In-Law Film Review: THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

By at May 18, 2013 | 7:07 pm | 2 Comments

The MITL Mother-In-Law Film Review: THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

Ed. Note: For years, my retired, moviegoing mother-in-law has been texting me capsule reviews of films she's seen, usually right after she leaves her local theater with her also-retired friends. Awesome, motherly bon mots like "I didn't look at my watch once." grace my messaging window with regularity. Well, now the MITL mom-in-law is branching beyond IM, expanding more...

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Big Shots and Little Else: GANGSTER SQUAD Film Review

By at January 14, 2013 | 10:29 pm | 0 Comment

Big Shots and Little Else: GANGSTER SQUAD Film Review

3 / 5 stars For his third feature, director Ruben Fleischer tries his hand at the period mobster genre with Gangster Squad. As with Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less, Gangster Squad is very much Fleischer’s own take on the action-thriller with the director eschewing realism for a pulpy, comic-book feel. With lashings of blood, plenty of one-liners and a hammy, more...

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