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“Creed II” is an outstanding sequel and one of the year’s best films

Creed was a major surprise. Seriously. As much as I love the Rocky franchise, was there any reason to assume that what was essentially Rocky VII, just without a focus on the character we know and love, would be a success? Sure, it had an exciting young actor at the[...]

Strong showings for “Eighth Grade” and “You Were Never Really Here” highlight the Independent Spirit Award nominations

Moments ago, the Film Independent Spirit Awards announced their nominations for 2018. Essentially the Oscars of indie film, this is a time when certain movies can see their only true moment in the sun. As you’ll see below, the nominees this year represent both some major Academy Award players as[...]

Review: Round-Up: “At Eternity’s Gate”, “The Clovehitch Killer”, “Jonathan”, and “The Last Race”

For this week’s review round-up, it’s a foursome! The quartet of titles today are a real mixed bag, which happens. We have two misfires, one mild recommendation, and a mixed bag that I really hemmed and hawed about in terms of a thumbs up or thumbs down. You’ll see which[...]

“Green Book” is a crowd pleaser of the highest order and a definite Oscar contender

They don’t make em like this anymore. Sometimes that’s a bit of a slight, as film has evolved over the years. In the case of Green Book, aside from a small complaint or two, it’s almost exclusively a compliment. This movie is an absolute crowd pleaser, one that almost defies[...]

Steve McQueen and a phenomenal ensemble cast help make “Widows” look effortless

It shouldn’t seem this easy. To make a popcorn heist movie that also has something to say about society…that’s a thin line to walk. Luckily, filmmaker Steve McQueen is one of the best out there, and for Widows, which opens this week, he has assembled one of the year’s best[...]

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” offers something for every type of Coen Brothers fan

Brace yourself for something chilling. I, a supposedly serious film critic, run hot and cold on the Coen Brothers. Yes, despite their reputation as masters of their craft, I only occasionally fall for their work. It’s incredibly hard to predict too. I love Inside Llewyn Davis more than almost anyone,[...]

Updated Academy Award predictions for early November

Next week, the Independent Spirit Awards will announce their nominations, moving us forward in the fall precursor season. I won’t be predicting the nods this year, just since it’s an exercise in futility, but I will have more to say about them next Friday. Today, we’re focused on Oscar noms,[...]

Review Round-Up: “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch”, “El Angel” “The Long Dumb Road”, and “Outlaw King”

Here’s another review round-up to share with you all! There’s four very different films to talk about today. Yes, this is going to be a thing going forward, so get used to it. On tap today are looks at a quartet of titles hitting theaters this weekend. One is the[...]

Taking a look at potential Best Documentary Feature contenders

(Updated to include the official 166 Oscar contenders) Ahoy there folks! For what will be my final installment in the annual category/contender rundown, I’m going to finish things up by moving on from the big eight categories, as you might have guessed. Yes, I’m taking a look now at another one[...]

“The Front Runner” is a terrific and timely film for right around Election Day

It’s Election Day folks! If you’re reading this and live in the United States, make sure you either have voted or will vote. It’s incredibly important. Speaking of politics, a movie that focuses on a moment where the political landscape changed forever is about to open. It’s The Front Runner,[...]
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