Tribeca Film Review: High-Rise (★★)

There’s no lack of ambition to be found in Ben Wheatley‘s new project High-Rise, but unfortunately, there isn’t any subtlety either. One of my bigger disappointments this year at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, this is an allegorical drama that just seems way too jumbled. Perhaps there’s something lost in the translation from book to […]

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Film Review: How to Be Single (★★½)

For some reason, the annual Valentine’s Day weekend romantic comedy offering tends to be a bit better than usual for a February release. This year, we have How to Be Single, a messy but mostly enjoyable rom com that will likely find an audience this holiday weekend. The film does want to have its cake […]

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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 setting to the inevitable love triangle of sorts that develops. With only one exception (which you’ll hear about shortly), nothing […]

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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 that’s adapted, let alone worth reading. So let’s look at a few picks you might have received at Christmas-time worth reading until the movies become entertaining again. The […]

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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 depressing and deeply serious subject and infuses it with enough dark comedy to make the whole thing go down smoothly. In fact, considering how dense […]

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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 – Part 1 is now over. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 suffers from being only part of a whole, but it’s the superior part, heavy on tension […]

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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 film. Well intentioned and good natured, the movie is all over the place, with certain sequences that are downright terrible. Now, director Patricia Riggen […]

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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 Highsmith ranks up there as one of the most overly adapted authors, and yet many of her films never get the critical or commercial cache, and that could […]

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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 don’t normally expect heavy material to be given a delightfully light touch, but that’s the case here with Trumbo. In telling this story, the choice of Jay […]