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Review: Birdman

Birdman, or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, is a very special film. Infinitely creative and unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, you can bet it will be a major contender for Oscars and other awards. It’s certainly among my favorites of the year so far, thanks to its brazen freshness, and spectacular performances. It’s the…

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Review: God's Not Dead

By Cindy Crompton Editor’s Note: We critics are a jaded lot, and it’s just impossible for us to see everything, so from time to time I invite guest critics in to give fresh perspective on films that I think are significant, like God’s Not Dead. Today’s guest critic is Cindy (MacIntosh) Crompton, mom of three,…

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Review: Stonehearst Asylum

Okay, if you’re only going to see one scary movie this year, or if you just feel like a good chilling fright around Halloween, I recommend that you chose Stonehearst Asylum, a gaudy, gory, gothic horror of a film with an all star cast including Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Brendan Gleason and…

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Review: White Bird in a Blizzard

Gorgeous and talented little Shailene Woodley got naked on the screen for the first time in this? What a waste! That’s my overall reaction to the quality of the film, but I am intrigued by White Bird in a Blizzard for a completely different and irrelevant reason. This could be the first and only time…

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Review: Gone Girl

And they’re off! The Oscar race has officially begun, with David Fincher’s Gone Girl pulling ahead for an early lead. And it may well have the legs to carry it right across the finish line first come Oscar time. The film is, in a word, sublime. If you’re an avid fan of Gone Girl, the novel, like I…

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Review: The Judge

Will someone please explain to me how such a stellar cast can wind up in such a miscarriage of movie justice? I mean, it’s Robert Downey Jr., for heavens sake, along with Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga and Billy Bob Thornton. You need a really bad script and an inept director to show some of the greatest actors…

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Review: The Book of Life

I’m always up for a major studio movie that focuses on Mexican lore and culture, a segment of North American society that I think is shamelessly underrepresented in the media. I’m also enthusiastic about anything that flows from the original and creative genius of Guillermo del Toro, who backed an produced The Book of Life, while Jorge…

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Review: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Since there are so many words in the title, I sum up Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day in one word: Cute. But since you’re expecting a little more out of this review, I’ll add a few more. It’s fast, it’s fun, it’s frolicsome, it’s family friendly. Add it to your current…

Review: A Good Marriage

Review: A Good Marriage

Let me qualify this review of Stephen King’s A Good Marriage by telling you that I’m a huge Stephen King fan. I think he is an important, uniquely American literary voice, and, as a writer, I can’t help but admire his prolific output. So I’m always eager to see any film he touches. All his stories aren’t perfect cinematic translations,…

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Review: Meet the Mormons

NEWS FLASH: It’s always nice to have your positive reviews backed up by box office success, but this weekend’s relative blockbuster performance of Meet the Mormons is both unexpected and overwhelming. Take that Hollywood titans who believe a film has to have sex and violence to be a success. Just how well did it do?…

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