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The Galveston County Daily News: Entertainment

December 2, 2016


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'Jackie' an unusual artistic chiller

The South American perspective of Jackie Kennedy is apparently similar to a horror movie seen through the eyes of director Pablo Larraín.

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Thursday 11/17/2016
'Fantastic Beasts' thrusts us back to Rowling's magical world of wizards
Posted: November 17, 2016

Author and first time screenwriter, J.K. Rowling says “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” isn’t a prequel to her Harry Potter story, but I think fans will beg to differ when they get goose bumps from hearing names like Dumbledore, Strange and Grindelwald.

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Thursday 11/10/2016
'Arrival' an emotional psychological mystery
Posted: November 10, 2016

There is no denying that Canadian Denis Villeneuve has emerged as one of the world’s most impressive rising directors.

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Thursday 11/03/2016
'Hacksaw Ridge' a big-screen heroic story
Posted: November 03, 2016

Two-time Oscar winner Mel Gibson (“Braveheart”, “Apocalypto”) continues his 2016 comeback, this time back in the director’s chair, for the first time in a decade.

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Thursday 10/27/2016
'Inferno' is one of the worst films of Hanks' career
Posted: October 27, 2016

Why are these films so bad, and why do they keep getting made? When Tom Hanks did the first “Da Vinci Code” (2006) film it was a hit because of the fandom with the books, but was poorly received.

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Thursday 10/20/2016
The best Western film in years
Posted: October 20, 2016

By far the most entertaining film I saw back at SXSW this past spring was “In a Valley of Violence.” Horror actor, writer, director Ti West (“The Sacrament”) delivers his most accessible work to date, a Western set in 1890 of all things.

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Thursday 10/13/2016
Elements of surprises abound in 'The Accountant'
Posted: October 13, 2016

“The Accountant” has been swirled in secrecy, skipping film festivals, withdrawing from pre screenings. Unlike “The Girl on the Train” which dodged its way into a wide release, Affleck’s latest dark thriller packs an unusual punch. 

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Thursday 09/29/2016
'Deepwater' one of the year's best and most explosive films
Posted: September 29, 2016

The latest Peter Berg/Mark Wahlberg collaboration proves the filmmaking duo have discovered a formula that has a broad mainstream appeal.

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Thursday 09/22/2016
Technologically better, not creatively better
Posted: September 22, 2016

The only thing Antoine Fuqua’s version of “The Magnificent Seven” adds to the slew of remakes that came before is diversity.

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Thursday 09/15/2016
Stone has nothing new to offer with 'Snowden'
Posted: September 15, 2016

“Snowden” has problems, and it starts with director Oliver Stone. The controversial, three time Oscar winner hasn’t really made a good film since 1995’s “Nixon” (ironically the last time he was nominated). His notion of more being more always distracts and takes away from whatever current agenda or factual story he is peddling to the big screen. Still his former clout means something, as he boasts an impressive cast roster. His last decade of films “W.” (too soon), “World Trade Center” (way too soon), “Alexander” (a disaster) and the sequel to his 1987 “Wall Street” proved he is completely out of touch with what modern audiences want in a cinematic experience. “Snowden” also fails, as it doesn’t offer anything we don’t already know following numerous documentaries, articles, and interviews.

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