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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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Julieta is Pedro Almodovar at his complex and colorful best. For 20 films now, Spain's Pedro Almodovar has been enthralling movie audiences and pushing the boundaries of cinema. Whether the genre is comedy, melodrama, or even thriller, Almodovar always remembers...
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Split is a return to quality thrills and chills from M. Night Shyamalan. Ever since The Sixth Sense, auteur M. Night Shyamalan has struggled to recreate the magic that his screenplay and direction was in that instance. Split is not nearly the psychological thriller...
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The fourth season of Sherlock strays too far from its source material. Since its 2010 debut, Mark Gattis and Steven Moffat's modern interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective stories about Sherlock Holmes have become a worldwide phenomenon....
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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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