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Mother's Day Review Mother's Day

The new comedy Mother’s Day presents itself as a prepackaged and simplistic tribute to mothers everywhere. It’s the third in a series of director Garry Marshall’s star-studded comedies about holidays. Each of the previous films —...

Barbershop The Next Cut Review Barbershop: The Next Cut

Barbershop: The Next Cut is one of the most powerful comedies I’ve seen in recent years. This film — the third in the Barbershop series — doesn’t simply settle for small laughs or easy guffaws. It dares to deliver more and in taking on the...

The Huntsman Winter's War Review The Huntsman: Winter's War

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) was a surprise success story. The film was packed with strong special effects, a joyfully over-the-top villain (played by Oscar winner Charlize Theron) and a compelling story.  The sequel The Huntsman: Winter’s...

Eye in the Sky Review Eye in the Sky

The new thriller Eye in the Sky has a relatively small focus but raises enormous questions about warfare today. Written by Guy Hibbert, the 104-minute feature raises questions about drone warfare and the bureaucratic boundaries and legal...

The Jungle Book Review The Jungle Book

Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book may be a remake of the 1967 animated feature but it completely stands alone. This is a film that pays tribute to the Rudyard Kipling book while impressing contemporary viewers with how the breathtaking visuals and the...

Criminal Review Criminal

“They messed with my brain. Thought they knew what they’d get but they were wrong.” Such is the sentiment of Jericho Stewart, the psychotic title character of the new thriller Criminal. His words allude to the film’s intriguing premise but...

The Forest Review The Forest (now on DVD)

The concept of The Forest is far more interesting and chilling than the feature itself. The horror film tells the story of the Aokigahara forest — a well-known Suicide Forest— that is reportedly haunted. The real-life location that this  story...

Hardcore Henry Review Hardcore Henry

Hardcore Henry may be a unique action movie but that doesn’t mean it’s a quality one. The film puts viewers in the driver’s seat letting its audience witness the mayhem and carnage of a day of fighting as if they were the star of the film. The...

The Boss Review The Boss

The new comedy The Boss begins emphatically as a showcase for its star Melissa McCarthy. After a few brief scenes showing a younger version of her character being rejected time and again from foster homes, it’s time for McCarthy’s show to begin....

The Witch Review The Witch

As the new drama The Witch begins, the text “A New England folktale” appears on the screen. The words are both an introduction and a premonition of what is to come. What unfolds over the course of the next ninety-two minutes is an old-fashioned...

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