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The Galveston County Daily News: Entertainment

January 20, 2017

Entertainment

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'The Founder' sheds light on a fascinating history

There isn’t any brilliant filmmaking here, Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) doesn’t land the performance of the year.

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Thursday 01/12/2017
'Patriots Day:' Scenes of chaos that feels exploitative
Posted: January 12, 2017

Not the movie itself, but what director Peter Berg, and in part Mark Wahlberg, are doing feels exploitative, taking tragedies and turning a profit. That being said, “Patriots Day” (opening months after their Deepwater Horizon collaboration) showcases what Berg and his team does best, deliver thrilling scenes of chaos.

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Thursday 01/05/2017
'A Monster Calls' touches on bullying, cancer and coming of age
Posted: January 05, 2017

In his first film since Oscar-nominated “The Impossible,” (coincidentally my favorite movie of 2012), J.A. Bayona continues his theme on suffering. Using mixed media of CGI characters, watercolor animation and live action, “A Monster Calls” is an emotional journey, perhaps even a tool for young people to cope with loss. There are many themes that run deep in Patrick Ness’ screenplay, based on a book he helped complete after the author’s own passing. A busy film that touches on bullying, cancer, parental separation and, of course, coming of age. Newcomer MacDougall (“Pan”) is surrounded by grade A supporting talent including Oscar nominee Jones (“Rogue One”), the iconic Weaver (“Chappie”) and the commanding voice behind the monster, Neeson.

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Thursday 12/29/2016
'Hidden Figures' a heartwarming, true story
Posted: December 29, 2016

Following his 2014 indie “St. Vincent”, writer/director Theodore Melfi delivers one of 2016’s most heartwarming and rousing true stories. If Taraji P. Henson (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) does snag her second Oscar nomination, along with presumed nominees from “Fences” and “Moonlight,” the Academy might take credit for the diversity reversal, compared with last year’s #Oscarsowhite. The fact is “Hidden Figures,” along with the other films mentioned, are not a product of anything other than dang good filmmaking. This crowd pleaser has all the ingredients I believe a ticket buyer is looking for; an untold true story, honorable performances, equal moments of comedy and heartbreak, all combined in a swell of knowledge and admiration.

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Thursday 12/08/2016
Chastain singlehandedly elevates 'Miss Sloane'
Posted: December 08, 2016

Oscar-nominated director John Madden’s career has taken interesting twists and turns since “Shakespeare in Love” won best picture in 1999.

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Thursday 12/01/2016
'Jackie' an unusual artistic chiller
Posted: December 01, 2016

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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