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John Hanlon Reviews

Film Reviews

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

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When the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of a Black Pearl hit theaters in 2003, it felt fresh. At the time, movies about pirates had often faltered with critics and at the box office but this one broke those trends. The Disney film achieved critical support, reaped box...

Alien: Covenant

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When Ridley Scott returned as a director to the Alien franchise in 2012 — a franchise he launched so powerfully with the 1979 original – expectations were high. Prometheus, the prequel he released, was thought-provoking and compelling and it seemed like a unique step in the...

The Circle

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Emma Watson was only eleven years old when the first Harry Potter film arrived in theaters. The cinematic series catapulted her to worldwide fame and for seven more features, the world watched as she grew up as her character on film. In a similar vein, Ellar Coltrane was filmed...

The Promise

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It’s been over a century since the Armenian genocide and to this day, the Turkish government refuses to admit this troubled past. Fortunately, viewers won’t be able to escape the horrors of this atrocity if they watch the new film The Promise. Starring Oscar Isaac and...

Zookeeper's Wife

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There have been a number of films made about the male heroes of World War 2. From the soldiers who stormed Normandy to the heroes who helped rescue some of the Jewish people from the Nazis, there have been numerous stories about the men who helped save lives during that...

Fate of the Furious

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It’s been two years since Furious 7 rolled into theaters and the gang has returned for another revved-up adventure in The Fate and the Furious, the series’ 8th entry. The biggest question surrounding this latest installment revolves around the late Paul Walker. Walker, an...

Rules Don't Apply

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“You’re an exception. The rules don’t apply to you.” So states Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich), a young chauffeur working for Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty) in the drama Rules Don’t Apply. In the film, Forbes is referring to an actress he drives around town but the...

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