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Do We Still Need Professional Critics?

“If my opinion as a layperson is seen as credible and valid then why do we even need professional critics?” My amazing wife gave me this great line when I was wrestling with how to summarize this recent issue. Box … Continue reading

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Note: no spoilers here. “Miles, the hardest thing about this job is you can’t always save everybody.” This modern-day masterpiece has heart and then some as a teenage Milo Morales (Shameik Moore) takes center stage in this Oscar-winning animated feature … Continue reading

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Public Enemies

“We’re too good for ‘em.” Johnny Depp stars as John Dillinger, an expert bank robber who underestimates lawman Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) and the FBI in director Michael Mann’s 1930s biographical action film. Audiences get a better picture of this … Continue reading

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Expectations? …not so great anymore

I’ve never heard so much about box office expectations than in these past few days. The headlines contain some version of “Toy Story 4 Does Not Meet Box Office Expectations.” One headline after the other. “Franchise Fatigue.” “…Why Its Opening … Continue reading

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Dumbo

“Hi, baby Dumbo. Welcome to the circus. We’re all family here, no matter how small.” Disney’s live action version of Dumbo was inspired by Walt Disney’s 1941 animated film of the same name, based on the novel by Helen Aberson … Continue reading

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Toy Story 4

NOTE: No spoilers here. “Being there for a child is the most noble thing a toy can do.” Pixar’s fourth installment in their stalwart computer-animated feature film series amazes with yet another strong plot, memorable characters, and heartfelt situations that … Continue reading

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Planet 51

“Oh, just great! Perfect! John Glenn goes around the world, he’s a senator for life. I went across the fricking universe! I should be governor, minimum! But, no, I’m marooned here on this stupid rock!” The role reversal animated comedy … Continue reading

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Freedomland

Set in Dempsy, New Jersey during the summer of 1999, a missing child case brings a detective and single mother together and rises tension between two neighboring communities. Samuel L. Jackson stars as Lorenzo Council a dedicated police detective and … Continue reading

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Saving Private Ryan

“Keep the sand out of your weapons. Keep those actions clear. I’ll see you on the beach.” In this harrowing depiction of World War II, director Steven Spielberg uses amazing low angle, “in the middle of the action” camera shots … Continue reading

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The Matador

“My business is my pleasure” “Sometimes people need to be eliminated,” says Julian. Pierce Brosnan stars as Julian Noble, a ‘facilitator of fatalities’ who needs a few lessons in social graces. Greg Kinnear (As Good As It Gets) co-stars as … Continue reading

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