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In the past, epic interpretations of the Bible like “The Passion of the Christ” or “Noah” have sought box office success on the weekend of Palm Sunday. These films are costly and often met with a divisive eye, both within Christianity and outside depending on the audience they want to reach.…

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Part of the 2017 Toronto Film Festival “New Wave” series, Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson made her directorial debut with “Unicorn Store.” A welcome surprise and a more impressive actor-turned-director film than Andy Serkis’ “Breathe” which also debuted at the festival that year. Yet no di…

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Following up on the kind of success Jordan Peele had with directorial debut “Get Out” was always going to be an anticipated event, hard to satisfy. “Us” will please the fans who discovered “Get Out” before it became a phenomenon and Oscar winner. What it won’t do, is make the leap to awards …

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It’s usually a bad sign when half of Hollywood’s A-list actors circle a project and then drop out. Everyone from Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Casey Affleck, and Mahershala Ali were at once attached to “Triple Frontier.” Writer/director J.C. Chandor has made 4 movies, 3 of them have been about corr…

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Irish director Neil Jordan is a bit unpredictable when you sit down for his films. “The End of the Affair” was unpredictably sexual, “The Brave One” outrageously violent and suspenseful, even his vampire flick “Byzantium” gave the genre a completely different perspective. His latest thriller…

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Can a film be both really good and yet stereotypical in every way? “Arctic” is the best film of 2019, so far. The survival thriller received a ten-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, but there isn’t much to celebrate in this compact 90-minute thriller that you can’t find els…

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It’s the first time Marvel Studios (aka Disney) has been behind the superhero curve. Eager to release their first solo female superhero, they managed to tie “Captain Marvel” (changed from an original male character to female) into the ongoing “Avengers” saga rather quickly. Oscar winner Brie…

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There is an emerging trend in the film industry of remaking and Americanizing foreign films for the U.S. market. Of course this is nothing new, it’s been happening for decades, but never in such large numbers. The level and quality of foreign films is what has changed, as seen in the 2018 Ac…

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Instead of offering up another film review for a mediocre January release, lets take a look at the 91st Oscar nominations that were unveiled Tuesday morning, what’s going to happen this Sunday at The Screen Actors Guild Awards and what insights attending this year’s Critics Choice Awards gave me.

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If you have ever watched or been that child who bangs his toys together out of pure destruction, out of boredom or just being done with those particular toys, you can imagine what “Glass” is like through an adult prism. Writer and director M. Night Shyamalan is a polarizing filmmaker whose c…

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Comedian and Oscar nominated actor John C. Reilly had a busy year: riding alongside Joaquin Phoenix in the Western; “The Sisters Brothers,” voicing the title character in “Ralph Breaks the Internet;” seen here in “Stan & Ollie;” and ending the year re-teaming with pal Will Ferrell in “Ho…

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Mimi Leder’s "On the Basis of Sex" is a nice movie with good intentions. Its release comes on the heels of the award-winning documentary, "RBG," detailing the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. The film seeks to introduce viewing audiences to the earlier part of Ginsberg’s li…

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Nicole Kidman hasn’t transformed herself on screen this drastically since playing Virginia Woolf in “The Hours,” which won her an Academy Award. Kidman is the only reason to see “Destroyer,” in which she plays an irritable detective chasing suspects, carrying heavy firearms, and beating bad …

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The book “Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart” by John Guy makes a lot of assumptions that one can only wonder if they are true or just wishful thinking. If you are able to set aside questions of historical inaccuracy, “Mary, Queen of Scots” will prove an enjoyable, diverse experien…