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Saturday, August 17, 2019

“300: Rise of an Empire” heavy on action, empty on plot

What comes to mind when you think of the number 300? Is it slow motion? What about overly saturated CGI? Or maybe a super kick that sent a Persian messenger plunging to his death? If...

It’s time to head back to the wizarding world in “Fantastic Beasts and Where...

It’s been five years since the last “Harry Potter” movie was released, and now it’s finally time to revisit J.K. Rowling’s expansive wizarding world. In “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” director David...

“The Quiet Ones” falls victim to usual horror cliches

I couldn't wait to see “The Quiet Ones” when I saw that it was coming from Hammer Film Productions. This year has been less than fulfilling for horror film fanatics, but knowing that you...

“John Wick: Chapter 2” offers action fans an original sequel

It seems that taking original films and creating stale sequels and reboots has become sort of a tradition in Hollywood; in fact, sitting through any set of movie trailers it seems like stale sequels...

Blomkamp fails to recreate “District 9” magic with “Chappie”

Director Neill Blomkamp is at it again, attempting to mix social commentary with science fiction in his latest movie “Chappie.” It seems very promising, as Blomkamp returns to South Africa, the location where he...

“After Earth” Review

The Fresh Prince crash lands on Earth and sends the Karate Kid to save both their skins. In many ways, that would have made a more engaging story than what audiences saw in “After...

“The Age of Adaline”: Boring Dorian Gray

I have a question for all of you. Would you be comfortable being in a committed relationship with someone who had previously been in a sexual relationship with one of your parents? Just speak...

“Red Dawn” Review

It’s no secret that the Wolverine battle cry was muffled seemingly indefinitely when MGM Studios took a financial blow, crippling the “Red Dawn” remake’s theatrical release. The relatively unknown actors (or at least they...

“Insidious: Chapter 2” Review

When FilmDistrict brought director James Wan (“Saw,” “Dead Silence”) on board for “Insidious” (2010), his prior work with visceral, stomach-churning gore inspired optimism among fans for a well-made possession movie to revitalize the horror...

“The Monuments Men” Movie Review

“The Monuments Men” was one of those movies that I went into with high hopes. Even with the troubling news that the release date was pushed back from Dec. 18 to Feb. 7, I...