“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” (2016): Thrilling Heroics (Review)
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“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” (2016): Thrilling Heroics (Review)

This movie is as political as the Benghazi controversy in general is. It comes with the territory, but the film is neither peddling for a…

“The Knick” (2015): The Paradox of Progress (Review) (with Linus Williams)
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“The Knick” (2015): The Paradox of Progress (Review) (with Linus Williams)

This review contains no specific spoilers, and is written as a Forward to viewership of the show, but with particular insight into some of the…

“A Very Murray Christmas” (2015): Let It Snow, Let It Snow (Review)
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“A Very Murray Christmas” (2015): Let It Snow, Let It Snow (Review)

I’ll be honest with you.  I don’t much care for Christmas specials. Especially the live variety ones.  Most of the time the performers on them never felt…

The “Star Wars” Prequels Are the Best Kind of Bad Movies
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The “Star Wars” Prequels Are the Best Kind of Bad Movies

This is not an argument that the Prequels are secretly good movies. When it comes to Star Wars, I don’t think we know what constitutes…

“Creed” (2015): New Blood Ascending the Old Steps of Greatness (Review)
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“Creed” (2015): New Blood Ascending the Old Steps of Greatness (Review)

The first thing required of any critic who utters a word about a Rocky movie is that he rank the films prior to the new…

“Room”(2015): What Moms Can Do (Review)
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“Room”(2015): What Moms Can Do (Review)

When you feature a child character in a novel that goes through some pretty rough times. Doing a faithful adaptation to the screen has got…

“Spectre” (2015): Where Porn Turns to Punishment (Review)
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“Spectre” (2015): Where Porn Turns to Punishment (Review)

This review spoils everything you already know. Here’s the other spoiler: Spectre is terrible. It may take some a re-watch to truly comb the depths…

“Bridge of Spies” (2015): A Profile of Cold-War Courage (Review)
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“Bridge of Spies” (2015): A Profile of Cold-War Courage (Review)

Steven Spielberg hardly makes it fair. He remains the best in the business at revealing his exact emotional and informational intention with every scene while…

“The Martian” (2015): Solving Problems into the Future (Review)
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“The Martian” (2015): Solving Problems into the Future (Review)

This movie was made by the guy whose first breakout feature (Alien) came with the tagline: “In space, no one can hear you scream.” Ridley…

TIFF 2015: “High Rise” (2015): Faulty Towers (Review)
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TIFF 2015: “High Rise” (2015): Faulty Towers (Review)

Ben Wheatley’s latest descent into narratively-suggestive madness is a visual barrage and all-out assault on the senses. A disconcerting, revealing social experiment, ‘High-Rise’ straddles the…