“Live By Night” (2016): Or Hanging Around at Night? (Review)
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“Live By Night” (2016): Or Hanging Around at Night? (Review)

Live By Night has all of the pieces to be something exceptional. It has a proven director and writer in Ben Affleck, a stellar cast,…

“Kubo and the Two Strings” (2016): Stop Motion At Its Most Moving (Review)
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“Kubo and the Two Strings” (2016): Stop Motion At Its Most Moving (Review)

Mythology comes to life in Laika Animation’s new masterpiece Kubo and The Two Strings. Maybe this reveals more about me than about the films, but…

“Hacksaw Ridge” (2016): A Profile of Standing Courage in a Year of Kneeling (Review)
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“Hacksaw Ridge” (2016): A Profile of Standing Courage in a Year of Kneeling (Review)

Is 2016 the year of Mel Gibson? It may be too early to tell, but between starring in the action epic Blood Father and then…

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (2016) Ninjas! Direwolves! Child Welfare! (Review)
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“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (2016) Ninjas! Direwolves! Child Welfare! (Review)

There is perhaps no other filmmaker in the world like Taika Waititi. Combining heart-felt stories, a wonderful sense of humor, and the Kiwi whimsy of…

“Ghostbusters,” “Jason Bourne,” & “Star Trek Beyond” (2016): Out with the Old, In with the Nu (Review)
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“Ghostbusters,” “Jason Bourne,” & “Star Trek Beyond” (2016): Out with the Old, In with the Nu (Review)

I have a new rule. From now on, whenever a franchise is remade or rebooted with either an identical title or same basic premise, I…

You Are Wrong about “Iron Man Three” (Opinion)
2016

You Are Wrong about “Iron Man Three” (Opinion)

Iron Man Three is the single most misunderstood and unfairly maligned (among core fans, anyway) movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here’s why they’re wrong….

“Game of Thrones” (2010-16): The Case for the White Walkers (Opinion)
2016

“Game of Thrones” (2010-16): The Case for the White Walkers (Opinion)

“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more. It is…

“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…

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…

“Game of Thrones” (2015): “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” (Recap/Review)
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“Game of Thrones” (2015): “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” (Recap/Review)

Disclaimer: There are NO book spoilers in this article. Last night’s Game of Thrones featured a rape that didn’t happen in the books. Time to…