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“It” is a runaway hit, but it should have been truer to Stephen King.Did “Stranger Things” help pique interest in the similarly-themed “It” and make this new Stephen King adaptation a runaway hit? Perhaps, but the film stands on its own...
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“Twin Peaks” ends with a confounding but fitting finale.Anyone who was looking for straight-forward storytelling from Showtime’s revival of “Twin Peaks” should have looked elsewhere. Filmmaker David Lynch loves complex dream worlds and his series...
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Did “Game of Thrones” finish season 7 with more craft than cunning?“Game of Thrones” is a worldwide phenomenon and that’s due to its involving storylines, superb cast, and state-of-the-art production values. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss...
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Something clearly was lost in translation adapting “The Glass Castle” Sometimes sprawling novels covering decades of time are too gargantuan to be contained in a two-hour film. Such is the case with “The Glass Castle.” While the film adaptation of...
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20th anniversary of “L.A. Confidential” proves the neo-noir stands with the best.“L.A. Confidential” garnered great reviews when it opened in 1997 and 20 years later, its place among the top tier of film noir is unquestioned. Filmmaker Curtis Hanson and...
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“Episodes” is premium cable comedy that bites the Hollywood hand that feeds it.Hollywood is all too easy to satirize with its egos, greed, and test audience malarkey, but the sitcom “Episodes” turns it into an art form. Creators David Crane...
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“Annabelle: Creation” fails to conjure a great story or enough scares.Ostensibly the fourth installment in “The Conjuring” horror franchise, “Annabelle: Creation” tells the origins story of the scary doll from ghost hunters Ed & Lorraine...
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The raucous and raunchy “Girls Trip” shows surprising heart and depth.R-rated films like “The Hangover” and “Bridesmaids” set the standard for modern comedy raunch, and “Girls Trip” proudly displays its outrageous comic ribaldry....
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Narrative tricks work against the natural drama inherent in “Dunkirk”.Filmmaker Christopher Nolan wrote wonderful plot twists into his time-bending scripts for “Memento”, “The Prestige”, and “Inception.” But with so much inherent...
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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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