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Movie Review: SECRET IN THEIR EYES

SECRET IN THEIR EYES movie poster | ©2015 STX Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Dean Norris, Alfred Molina, Joe Cole, Michael Kelly, Zoe Graham Writer: Billy Ray, based on the screenplay for EL SECRETO DEL SUS OJOS by Juan Jose Campanella & Eduardo Sacheri Director: Billy Ray Distributor: STX Entertainment Release Date: November 20, 2015 The 2009 Argentinean film EL SECRETO DEL SUS OJOS was well-reviewed and well-respected. Now an English-language adaptation by director/screenwriter Billy Ray, SECRET IN THEIR EYES, is here, and something seems to have been lost in translation. A lot of key plot points are the same, but whether it’s due to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LEGEND

LEGEND movie poster | ©2015 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palmintieri Writer: Brian Helgeland, based on the book THE PROFESSION OF VIOLENCE by John Pearson Director: Brian Helgeland Distributor: Universal Release Date (theatrical): November 20, 2015 As biographical gangster films go, LEGEND is good enough. This isn’t the first feature to tackle London’s notorious Kray brothers – actual brothers Gary Kemp and Martin Kemp starred in 1990’s THE KRAYS, which had a fairly different take on Ronnie and Reggie, twins from London’s East End who ruled the crime scene there in the 1960s. LEGEND, adapted by writer/director Brian […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE 33

THE 33 | © 2015 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bob Gunton, Gabriel Byrne, James Brolin Writers: Mikko Alanne and Craig Borten and Michael Thomas, based on the screen story by Jose Rivera and the book DEEP DOWN DARK by Hector Tobar Director: Patricia Riggen Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date (theatrical): November 13, 2015 This whole review may or may not need a spoiler alert, depending on what draws people to the theatre in the first place. THE 33 dramatizes an incident that received worldwide coverage for months in 2010. It is one of those stories that, if […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PEANUTS MOVIE

The Peanuts Movie | © 2015 20th Century Fox

Rating: G Stars (voices): Noah Schnapp, Hadley Belle Miller, Bill Melendez, Mariel Sheets, Alexander Garfin, Venus Schultheis, Rebecca Bloom Writers: Bryan Schulz, Craig Schulz, Cornelius Uliano, based on the comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz Director: Steve Martino Distributor: 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky Release Date: November 6, 2015 THE PEANUTS MOVIE is a whole lot like a PEANUTS TV special. Charlie Brown pines for the Little Red-Haired Girl, while his dog Snoopy imagines wild feats of aviation as a WWI flying ace combating the notorious German pilot, the Red Baron. Really, that’s it. The screenplay by Bryan Schulz, Craig […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE FINAL GIRLS

THE FINAL GIRLS | © 2015 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam DeVine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Alexader Ludwig, Nina Dobrev, Dan B. Norris Writers: M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Release Date (Blu-ray & DVD): November 3, 2015 “Delightful” isn’t generally the very first word that comes to mind when describing most slasher horror films. For that matter, “genuinely funny” isn’t necessarily a phrase that applies to some horror comedies. However, THE FINAL GIRLS really is all that. Written by M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller and directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, THE FINAL GIRLS takes […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPOTLIGHT

SPOTLIGHT | © 2015 Open Road

Rating: R Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci, Brian D’Arcy James, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery Writers: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, based on the book BETRAYAL by the investigative staff of the Boston Globe Director: Tom McCarthy Distributor: Open Road Release Date: November 5, 2015 SPOTLIGHT harks back to ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, the 1976 feature film about Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward (played by Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (played by Dustin Hoffman) digging into the story of the break-in at the Watergate Hotel, which ultimately toppled the presidency of Richard Nixon. While the action in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: STREET

STREET | © 2015 Skinfly Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Beau Casper Smart, Mark Ryan, Kate Miner, Shashawnee Hall, Gregory Fawcett, John Brickner Writers: Brandi Ellis, Tye Lombardi, Brett R. Miller Director: Bradford May Distributor: Skinfly Entertainment Release Date (theatrical): October 30, 2015 Barring the cell phones and the fact that mixed martial arts wasn’t big in the West yet, STREET could easily be mistaken for one of those ‘70s indie action flicks that turn up on El Rey Network. You know the kind – good-hearted, hard-working kid with a talent for fighting is caught between a hardscrabble but upright lifestyle and something that is more dangerous […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OUR BRAND IS CRISIS

Our Brand is Crisis | © 2015 Warner Bros

Rating: R Stars: Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Joaquim de Almeida, Ann Dowd, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Kazan, Dominic Flores, Reynaldo Pacheco, Louis Arcella Writer: Peter Straughan, inspired by the documentary by Rachel Boynton Director: David Gordon Green Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 30, 2015 “Inspired” by Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary of the same name, OUR BRAND IS CRISIS explores what happens during and after a political campaign in Bolivia is run by American consultants. The fictional film, directed by David Gordon Green and scripted by Peter Straughan, is often insightful and thought-provoking. Unfortunately and perhaps ironically, this […]Read On »

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Movie Review: A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY

A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY | © 2015 RLJ Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: William Shatner, George Buza, Rob Archer, Zoe De Grand Maison, Alex Ozerov, Shannon Kook, Amy Forsyth, Adrian Holmes, Olunike Adeliyi, Orion John Writers: James Kee, Sarah Larsen, Doug Taylor, Pascal Trottier Directors: Grant Harvey, Steve Hoban, Brett Sullivan Distributor: RLJ Entertainment Release Date (theatrical, VoD, iTunes): October 2, 2015 A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY is actually several horror stories all set on Christmas Eve in the picturesque small town of Bailey Downs. For fannish folk, Bailey Downs is the name of settings in both the werewolf movie GINGER SNAPS and the TV sci-fi drama ORPHAN BLACK. Neither […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CRIMSON PEAK

CRIMSON PEAK | © 2015 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver Writers: Guillermo Del Toro & Matthew Robbins Director: Guillermo Del Toro Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date (theatrical): October 16, 2015 CRIMSON PEAK is as Gothic as it gets. Set in 1901 New York and northern England, it is not a ghost story, but rather, as our heroine Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) says of her own writing, “a story with ghosts.” This isn’t to suggest that the ghosts aren’t quite scary when they appear, but it’s the mortals who drive the unabashed melodrama forward. Edith is the devoted, […]Read On »

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