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“War for the Planet of the Apes” is a superb finish to the trilogy.Rarely is the third movie in a trilogy the best one, but “War for the Planet of the Apes” is just that. Concluding the sci-fi tale of evolved apes battling what’s left of mankind,...
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“Spider-Man: Homecoming” secures Peter Parker’s future by returning him to school. The reboot of the “Spider-Man” franchise may be its third start in just 15 years, but this latest one wisely returns Peter Parker to high school. His...
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“Baby Driver” is quintessential escapist entertainment for the summer. Writer/director Edgar Wright is expert at comedy, but who knew that he could ace action/adventure so triumphantly? His new film “Baby Driver” is very likely the summer’s...
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What writers can learn from the classic films of 1971.1971 was a daring and progressive year in the history of movies. Coming off the political turmoil of the 60’s, films continued to break new ground in how stories could be told, particularly in tried and true genres....
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DC Comics’ “Wonder Woman” adaptation is one of the best comic book movies ever.After the last few dour big screen efforts coming from the DC universe, “Wonder Woman” breaks the cycle with its upbeat origins story. Director Patty Jenkins,...
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The new “Twin Peaks” is as revolutionary a show today as it was in the 90’s.Anyone expecting the return of “Twin Peaks” to be a warm and cuddly trip down memory lane doesn’t get David Lynch. The series he created with Mark Frost in 1990...
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“Alien: Covenant” is well done if all too familiar.With Special Guest Alvaro Rodriguez (writer of MACHETE, FROM DUSK TIL DAWN: THE SERIES)Ridley Scott is one of the greatest filmmakers working today. So why does “Alien: Covenant” feel so “been...
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1967 movies were a turning point in the history of cinema.This week, ISA members and film critics Jeff York and Gary Goldstein discuss the impact that films from the year 1967 had on the trajectory of cinema and how the entertainment industry is still feeling its impact 50...
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“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is a hilarious, heartfelt second chapter.“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is already a huge hit at the box office worldwide and it’s easy to see why. Marvel Studio’s 2015 predecessor established a raucous, yet...
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“Big Little Lies” weaves a twisting, complex tale of female empowerment.David E. Kelley did a masterful job in adapting Liane Moriarty’s bestseller “Big Little Lies” as an HBO miniseries. The veteran Hollywood scribe brought her characters to vivid...
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“Girls” ends six seasons on HBO as daring and unconventional as ever.Love it or hate it, Lena Dunham stuck to her vision of “Girls” and consistently rendered a show that dramatically defied the conventions of storytelling, character arcs, and portrayals...
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“Going in Style” is a crowd-pleasing comedy that wisely showcases its seniors.When you have leads like Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin, your movie is going to be chock full of good humor and charm. Director Zach Braff wisely lets them dominate his film...
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“Smurfs: The Lost Village” looks great but lacks an equally great story.You don't have to take Jeff's word for it. 14-year-old YouTube film critic Eric Hardman agrees, and he knows more about movies than most of us. Hollywood has given the Smurfs the proverbial...
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The legendary Shirley MacLaine stars in a charming but flawed "The Last Word". It's great to see Shirley MacLaine still scoring lead roles at 82, but "The Last Word" could have been an even better vehicle for her than it is. The story of a cranky...
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The new "Beauty & the Beast" honors the original Disney classic while deepening its story. If you're going to remake a beloved classic, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better adaptation than director Bill Condon's superb live action update of the...
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Table 19 is an uneasy mix of indie comedy and maudlin narrative. The new comedy Table 19 comes with a sterling cast of comedic actors (Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson and Lisa Kudrow among them), an indie pedigree (the story is from the Duplass brothers), and an institution...
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Logan cuts to the bone as Hugh Jackman ends his iconic role. Hugh Jackman has appeared as Wolverine onscreen nine times, but never to such a dramatic effect as in this one, his swan song. Logan is a much darker, sadder and meaner X-Men movie than any done before. In...
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Get Out is a horror movie that couldn't be more timely or terrific. Sometimes movies are so of the moment, they seem prescient. Such is the case with Get Out, a new horror film from writer/director Jordan Peele of Key & Peele fame. It's a story about racism,...
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"Fifty Shades Darker" doesn't do enough to illuminate its characters, story or sex. The publishing phenomenon that was "Fifty Shades of Grey" yielded three huge bestsellers, but the first film adaptation in 2015 left a lot to be desired. And...
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"John Wick: Chapter 2" brings genuine artistry to the actioner. Burnt out on action movies? "John Wick: Chapter 2" will restore your faith in what "shoot ‘em ups" can be. This sublime sequel to the 2014 cult classic not only builds on...
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