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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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Hell or High Water is a modern western, as well as a nuanced morality tale. Just when you thought the entire summer was lost to disappointing comedies and superhero movies, along comes Hell or High Water. It's a chase movie, modern western, and an astute character...
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Suicide Squad continues DC's difficulty with adapting their titles for the big screen. If you thought Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice had story problems and seemed like it was made by people who didn't know the properties they were adapting, wait till you...
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Batman: The Killing Joke misfires as an adaptation of a classic graphic novel. Producer Bruce Timm has been making brilliant and beloved adaptations of DC's most popular superhero since 1992's Batman: The Animated Series for WB Kids. But his stellar record now has...
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The Infiltrator has problems digging deeper into its drug trade story. The true story of how customs agent Robert Mazur brought down the Escobar drug cartel in the early 90's is at the center of The Infiltrator and should have made for one taut, involving thriller. It...
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The problem with Ghostbusters isn't its cast, it's the script. No recent film has sparked as much derision online as the remake of Ghostbusters. In fact, its trailer is the most hated preview ever on YouTube. The outrage so many have expressed in social media over...
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11-22-63 cleverly twists time travel but keeps its screenwriting structure straight. Television is enjoying a new "golden age", giving big screen fare a run for its money in quality and storytelling. It's also doing genre proud. Case in point? Hulu.com's...
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The good and bad of 2016 movies at the halfway mark. The first six months of 2016 films was a period mostly marked by event movies underwhelming. Audiences, by and large, stayed home rather than attend sequels that weren't particularly in-demand to start with. Has...
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Me Before You serves up affecting and unabashed melodrama. It's shocking how few romantic movies there are at the Cineplex these days, and despite critics not seeming to enjoy them much, the better ones do tend to break through with an audience. Such is the case with...
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The Conjuring 2 is a fun ride and a frightfully good sequel. In a summer when most sequels have been utter letdowns, it's nice that The Conjuring 2 delivers. Not only is it a worthy sequel to its 2013 predecessor, but it's one of the better horror films this year....
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Love & Friendship expertly adapts Austen with panache and political punch. It's not easy adapting most classic literature to the big screen, let alone an epistolary novel, one that is told through letters. But then again, writer/director Whit Stillman is an expert...
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The Nice Guys riffs on noir with strong characters and dark comedy. Screenwriter Shane Black made his name in the 80's and 90's writing snarky, buddy actioners like Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout. He's back with The Nice Guys and this time he's...
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