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Breakthrough Review Breakthrough

Hitting theaters a few days before Easter, the new drama Breakthrough tells the story of a miraculous event. In 2015, a 14-year-old boy fell through the frozen façade of a Missouri lake and nearly lost everything. When he was pulled out of the...

Dumbo Review Dumbo

Director Tim Burton is well-known for his ability to create unique landscapes in his cinematic creations. He created such a landscape in Batman and its sequel Batman Returns. His new film reunites two of the stars from the latter picture and...

Creed 2 Review Creed 2

In 2015, the drama Creed defied expectations. The film, which featured Sylvester Stallone returning to the role of Rocky Balboa, served as an addition to the long-running Rocky series while also standing alone as the introduction of a new boxer on...

The Front Runner Review The Front Runner

The political world can change quickly. With news outlets covering candidates and public officials throughout the day, a leader at the top can fall very quickly. That was even the case in 1988. That’s the year that Colorado Senator Gary Hart was...

Nutcracker and the Four Realms Review The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms begins in the aftermath of a mother’s death. Christmas is quickly approaching and the Stahlbaum family is in mourning, with three young children longing for their late mother. On the night of an elegant party,...

Thunder Road Review Thunder Road

In 2016, director Jim Cummings’ Thunder Road won the short film grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. That film, which focused on one man’s eulogy of his mother, was the beginning of something great and now Cummings has...

A Star is Born Review A Star is Born

It’s hard to go into A Star is Born with few expectations. After all, this is a cinematic remake with two well-known stars leading the cast. Earlier versions of this story include the 1937 adaptation starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, the...

Smallfoot Review Smallfoot

Smallfoot, the new animated movie, offers a glimpse into a unique world of Yetis, fanciful stones and even the morning ritual of a ringing of a gong. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t relevant. The feature has its own identity but the...

The Nun Review The Nun

Released in 2013, the original Conjuring film successfully launched a franchise of horror films. Not only did the film spawn a sequel, it also set the stage for Annabelle (2014), a spin-off film focused on a possessed doll that merited a...

Dog Days Review Dog Days

An affection for canine companions permeates every scene of the new family comedy Dog Days. Directed by actor-turned-director Ken Marino, the film — which offers a slice-of-life portrait about dog owners — focuses on how important dogs can be in...

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