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Passengers makes the trip with two big stars but too little sci-fi. The science fiction/romance Passengers booked a lot of talent for its journey. This tale about the 120-year trek to a new planet has megastars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt along for the ride, not to...
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The Bye Bye Man misses its opportunity to create a truly frightening monster. What makes a great movie monster? The Bye Bye Man thinks it's a villain that combines the ghoulish look of Lord Voldemort, the haunting presence of "Candy Man", and the ability to...
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Page 2 Screen host Jeff York reviews the best scripts of 2016. Examining the year's standout scripts, Jeff flies solo for a truncated talk about those that impressed him the most in their translation from page to screen. The screenwriters responsible took big risks...
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La La Land is a musical that soars while staying grounded in reality. With catchy songs and dance numbers that pop off the screen, it would be easy to characterize Damien Chazelle's La La Land as a musical comedy, but that doesn't give this film nearly enough...
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Rogue One is a Star Wars story that is good, just not a great one. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is being promoted as the first stand-alone film in the anthology series. Partly true, but this is still essentially a prequel to the chapter "A New Hope." It is...
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Jackie is a daring and raw biopic that is one of the year's best films. Biopics are tricky to write. Tell a cradle-to-grave story, and you've bitten off more than can be chewed in a two-hour film. Fail to fill in the blanks of your famous subject and the audience...
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THE ISAPage 2 Screen podcast # 47 (NOCTURNAL ANIMALS)11/27/16 Nocturnal Animals presents a beautiful world filled with brutality. Tom Ford may have come from the world of fashion and beauty, but his latest movie entitled Nocturnal Animals is all about ugliness....
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Westworld is an enigmatic mystery that keeps us guessing. The new HBO series does more than just re-imagine Michael Crichton's 1973 cult movie Westworld as a deeper and more philosophical examination of modern technology. It also confounds most of the rules of...
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The Edge of Seventeen is a coming-of-age comedy filled with humor and compassion. Writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig has made a superior coming-of-age comedy with The Edge of Seventeen. What makes it so great? For starters, the comedy is grounded in reality. None of...
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Arrival is science fiction that twists narrative expectations in profound ways. The best science fiction always comments on society, and indeed, Arrival from director Denis Villeneuve has a lot to say about how we communicate and interact with those alien to us. (It...
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Doctor Strange is one of cinema's very best comic book adaptations. In a year that already saw Deadpool as a high-water mark for comic book adaptations, along comes Doctor Strange. It is not only one of the best that Marvel Studios has ever done, but it...
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Halloween Special! "The Walking Dead" keeps killing it as it enters its seventh season. For those who are obsessed with "The Walking Dead", and it appears that most of its viewers are, the seventh season premiere delivered on its cliffhanger from...
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Supergirl flies with fan boys and girls alike. What did the TV series Supergirl get right in its transfer from comic book to small screen? Plenty. It faithfully honors the 1959 source material. The sincerity and sass Warner Bros. incorporated into the character when they...
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The Girl on the Train isn't quite the thrill ride it should be. British author Paula Hawkins' 2015 page turner gets the big screen treatment this year with top-notch talent above and below the line. So, why isn't the movie version of The Girl on the Train as...
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is vintage Burton. Ransom Riggs' 2011 YA bestseller is the perfect material for a director like Tim Burton to adapt to the screen. Its vivid fantasy world, quirky characters, and sense of wonder are tailor-made for the...
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The Magnificent Seven pays homage to classic western films & their tropes. Can a remake of a remake be any good? Well, in the case of Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 classic The Magnificent Seven, which itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa's legendary Seven...
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Oliver Stone is still fighting the good fight in Snowden. It's become popular to knock filmmaker Oliver Stone for some of his conspiratorial beliefs and cinematic excesses, but his latest film Snowden is a very measured and precise work. It may not have the...
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The clever storytelling in Stranger Things has made it 2016's small screen phenomenon. The Netflix series dropped on July 15th and yet the public is still talking about Stranger Things. Why? It's loaded with 80's nostalgia for a Millennial audience, sure,...
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Don't Breathe breathes new life into the tropes of horror. It's hard to find new ways to spin tales of terror, but this one surely does. Written by Fred Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, and directed by Alvarez, Don't Breathe is a deceptively simple tale of a...
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Florence Foster Jenkins is a movie that hits all the right notes. One of the best comedies of the year is Florence Foster Jenkins. It's about an American socialite in the 1940's who fancied herself an exquisite soprano, but couldn't carry a tune in a bucket....
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