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The Finest Hours Review The Finest Hours

In 2014, director Craig Gillespie turned an inspiring story about a sports agent coaching young athletes from India into great entertainment with his film Million Dollar Arm. The drama was innocuous and traditional but was built strongly enough that...

The 5th Wave The 5th Wave

There’s a solid story underneath the superficial young adult clichés that overshadow the plot of the new film The Fifth Wave. One only wishes that the filmmakers would’ve felt confident enough to focus on the uniqueness of this story rather...

Dirty Grandpa Review Dirty Grandpa

Over the years, there have been a variety of crude comedies that try to elicit laughter through gross masturbation sequences and relentless jokes about the male and the female anatomy. The thing — the enormous difference between many of those...

"13 Hours" Review 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

The subject of what transpired on the night of September 11th 2012 in Benghazi, Libya has been up for debate since that horrific day. In the debate about who was responsible for the attacks that left four people dead (including Ambassador Chris...

The Revenant Review The Revenant

“As long as you can still grab a breathe, you fight.” That is the unmistakable and undeniable mantra of Hugh Glass, the tough frontiersman at the center of the new drama The Revenant. Played by Leonardo DiCaprio, Glass is a guide in the 1820s...

The Big Short Review The Big Short

The financial crisis of 2008 is still a confounding mess to many of us. There are so many different ways to analyze the troubled economic decisions that led to that recession that it’s hard to know what the underlying truth really is. That’s...

Joy Review Poster Joy

When I recently entered a theater for a midday showing of the new drama Joy, I knew that the film was the story of a young female pioneer who helped invent the Magic Mop. What I didn’t realize is that the story is about much, much more than one...

Sisters Review Sisters

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are two undeniably talented comedic superstars. The duo graduated from Second City to become successful stars (and Weekend Update co-anchors) on Saturday Night Live. Each of them went on to star in beloved NBC sitcoms with...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It’s been nearly four decades since the original Star Wars arrived in theaters and showed viewers everywhere the power of the force and the undeniable talents of George Lucas. Two strong sequels and three inferior prequels later, director J.J....

Star Wars Review Star Wars

Star Wars is one of the best movies of all time. In anticipation of the new film Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, I went back and watched the original trilogy to remind myself why these films hold up so many years later. Within moments of...

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