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“A Monster Calls” is a unique look at coping with grief

When you mix genres and filmmaking styles, you always run the risk of things not gelling together properly. This week, director J.A. Bayona avoided that with his top notch new movie A Monster Calls. Out previously for its Oscar qualifying run on Christmas weekend before a general release in a[...]

2017 movie releases to look forward to

Welcome to 2017 folks! First of all, a belated Happy New Year to you all. Hopefully you had a fun and safe sendoff to 2016. A whole new year is upon us now, and as such, there’s a ton of new films to anticipate. Today will be a day to[...]

The Best Films and Performances of 2016

It’s time to put a bow on 2016, ladies and gentlemen! New Year’s Eve is tomorrow, but before that party, today will be a festivity of sorts. Yes, it’s time to reveal my picks for the year’s best films and performances. From early year releases that held on all the[...]

Oscar predictions for the end of December

If it’s the final days of December (which it is), it must be time for an Academy Award prediction update! This is a notable one because it’s the last chance to try and get it right in 2016. Of course, next year will still have a handful of updates before[...]

“20th Century Women” is a poignant family tale

There are always Academy Award hopefuls that just sort of slip between the cracks. This year, one that isn’t quite getting the love it deserves is 20th Century Women. Initially thought to be a major player, it has seen its star shine a bit less bright than expected, despite being[...]

R.I.P. Carrie Fisher

Some very upsetting news to report today to you all. Carrie Fisher, the actress and writer who first captured a galaxy of hearts with her turn as Princess Lea in the Star Wars franchise, has passed away. She was 60 years old. Fisher had been fighting for her life ever[...]

Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” seeks to further cement his A-list director status

Oscar qualifying runs are a funny thing. Sometimes, they enhance a film’s stature and chance at awards love. Other times, they wind up creating unrealistic expectations and hurting more than they help. That seems to be the case with Ben Affleck’s fourth film behind the camera, the period gangster tale[...]

A new set of Golden Globe predictions

The time for constantly updating predictions is upon us! (Also, Happy Holidays to you and yours) Today, taking a quick break from Academy Award predictions, I’m turning my attention to the Golden Globes. A notable precursor, Globe picks can sometimes mean a lot or a little, depending on the year.[...]

Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” is the very definition of a passion project

For a great many years, filmmaker Martin Scorsese has been trying to get one specific project off the ground. Through all the gangster tales and big successes, something has eluded him, namely a remake of the Japanese film Silence. This week, Scorsese sees his movie finally released. It’s a film[...]

“Patriots Day” is a touching tribute to real heroism

Go figure. Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg seem to bring out the very best in each other. Between Lone Survivor and now Patriots Day (Deepwater Horizon as well, to a lesser extent), the pair have found a niche in true life drama and heroism. This new film is their best[...]
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