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Film Review: The 5th Wave (★★)

Checking off just about every single one of the boxes needed for a run of the mill YA adaptation, The 5th Wave is about as standard as it gets, from the end of the world...

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Awards Circuit Book Nook for January 2016

It’s a new year and that means a new spate of books to crack open and consume. Since January’s typical a dead month there’s little in theaters...

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Film Review #2: The Big Short (★★★)

In some ways, I truly think that only a filmmaker with a background in comedy could have made The Big Short work like it does. Co-writer/director Adam McKay takes a...

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (★★★)

The franchise has finally come to an end. What began in The Hunger Games and begun wrapping up with the unnecessarily bifurcated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay –...

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Film Review: The 33 (★★)

I have no doubt that there’s a powerful film to be made about the chilean miners that captured our attention about a half decade ago. Sadly, The 33 is not that...

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Awards Circuit Book Nook for November 2015

With the winter fast approaching here’s some Hollywood tomes worth reading over a cup of hot tea! NOW PLAYING The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith  Patricia...

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Film Review: Trumbo (★★★½)

Biopics go hand in hand with awards season, we all know that. Especially when the subject matter is serious, you expect some level of Oscar aspiration. Still, you...

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Film Review: I Smile Back (★★★)

There’s something inherently compelling about watching a comedic actor or actress try out their dramatic muscles. For the last few years, comedian turned...

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Film Review #3: Steve Jobs (★★★★)

As a huge admirer of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin‘s use of the written word in cinema, I’ve come to accept that most filmmakers (with the exception of David...

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Film Review: Goosebumps (★★½)

I have measured out my life with book series: The Berenstain Bears (however you want to pronounce it), The Baby-Sitters Club, and Goosebumps. Goosebumps was the first...

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INTERVIEW: Director Lenny Abrahamson and writer Emma Donoghue talk ‘Room’

One of the biggest surprises within the tremendous film Room, outside of the acting of course (and believe me, both Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are amazing), is the...

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Film Review: Trash (★★★)

Finally! For his entire career so far, filmmaker Stephen Daldry has basically followed the same playbook time and time again. To some, including members of the Academy,...

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Film Review #2: The Walk (★★★)

There’s three very different sections to Robert Zemeckis‘ new film The Walk. One part is fairly underwhelming, one part is fun yet slight, while one part is...

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The Awards Circuit Book Nook for October 2015

Awards season is right around the corner which means the books are getting longer. I jest, kind of. The books on this month’s slate range from comprehensive...

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NYFF: ‘Maggie’s Plan’ is a Crowd Pleasing Charmer by Rebecca Miller

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: In many ways, filmmaker Rebecca Miller has made a modern day Noah Baumbach film here with the quirky romantic comedy Maggie’s Plan. What I...

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Film Review: The Martian (★★★½)

As a huge fan of Andy Weir‘s novel of the same name, I was just as nervous as I was pumped for Ridley Scott‘s adaptation of The Martian. I’d loved the...

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‘The Big Short’ jumps into 2015 and the Oscar race with a Trailer

Finally, a twist has come to Oscar season 2015. It’s been a bit of a by the book start, but now we’ve got something that potentially will upend things in The...

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NYFF announces a special screening of Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’

Before 20th Century Fox moved The Martian‘s release date up to October 2nd, I had been of the mind that it would be one of the big movies to debut at the 53rd New...

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Film Review: Black Mass (★★½)

There’s so much potential and talent on display in Black Mass that you almost can’t believe how workmanlike the end result turns out to be. Everyone involved...

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Danny Boyle is planning to make his next film a ‘Trainspotting’ sequel

Hot off the heels of Danny Boyle‘s upcoming film Steve Jobs premiering to excellent reviews at the Telluride Film Festival as a “work in progress”...

Film Review: Z for Zachariah (★★½)

Sometimes movies suffer to some degree through no fault of their own. In the case of Z for Zachariah, I think the slight lack of satisfaction that I have is partly due...

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Film Review: Ten Thousand Saints (★★★)

If you’re a fan of strong supporting characters, then the coming of age period piece Ten Thousand Saints (or 10,000 Saints if you prefer) is basically manna from...

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Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio Reunite for ‘The Devil in the White City’

Am I alone in having long thought that eventually Leonardo DiCaprio would get Martin Scorsese to direct him in the film version of The Devil in the White City? Ever...

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Ben Affleck’s ‘Live By Night’ gets moved into 2017

For some reason, Warner Brothers and Ben Affleck just can’t figure out exactly when to get going with Live By Night. Originally assumed to have been a 2015 awards...

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‘The Martian’ wants you to #JourneyToMars in a NEW Ares 3 Video!

Back before the impressive first Trailer hit for Ridley Scott‘s upcoming science fiction film The Martian, folks were introduced to Matt Damon‘s astronaut...