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American Sniper Review

American Sniper Review

At last, Clint Eastwood is back in fine form with American Sniper, a gripping, must-see movie based on the true experiences of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in the country’s military history. Even if you don’t like war movies (I find them particularly hard to watch), this riveting, harrowing and important film will make you…

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Review: Unbroken

Unbroken has a massive built-in audience: There are the millions who read Laura Hillenbrand’s riveting book, millions more who like a good American war story, and then there are those who are fans of Angelina Jolie’s work. I fall into two of those three categories, and was hoping that Unbroken would be brilliant. Louis Zamperini. the Olympic champion,…

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Night at the Museum 3 Review

If you and your family have a tradition of going to see a movie on Christmas day and there are kids involved, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is your best bet. Funny, friendly and fanciful, it has all the giggles and excitement young audiences could want, plus a good helping of amusement for the grownups. Your other…

Review: Big Eyes

Review: Big Eyes

When you hear Tim Burton has made a movie about the bizarre couple responsible for those painfully schticky big eyed waif posters and paintings that were so hot in the ’50’s and ’60’s, you think, “YES! This movie has potential!” And when you hear Burton has cast Christoph Waltz as Walter Keane, who took all the…

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Annie Review

Wow. I hate to dog pile on Sony at this difficult time, but the new Annie is arguably one of the worst movies of the year. If only it could have been pulled from release instead of The Interview! I envision horrified executives, after watching the final cut, taking a meeting and asking each other, “Is…

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Critics Choice Nominations Announced: How Do You Think I Should Vote?

And so it begins. The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), of which I am a voting member, has announced this year’s Critics Choice nominations for The 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.  “Birdman” leads this year with 13 nominations. The winners will be revealed at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which will broadcast live on A&E from the Hollywood Palladium on…

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The Hobbit: The Batttle of the Five Armies Review

Like most who have read and loved Tolkien, I had mixed emotions going into The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: I was both tired of and frustrated by the exploitative expansion of a short book into three long films, but still a bit sorry knowing that this would be the final chapter and…

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Exodus Gods and Kings Review

Just in time for the holidays, a spectacular movie of Biblical proportions. I’d forgotten how entertaining it is to hunker down and watch a cast of thousands on incredibly lavish sets. I don’t care if most of it is CGI, Ridley Scott has given us a historical epic on a grand scale that we haven’t seen…

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Still Alice Review

Still Alice is one of those remarkable films that elegantly treats a tragic topic without leaving you feeling fearful and depressed. This is mostly thanks to Julianne Moore’s luminous performance of 50-year-old Alice Howland, an accomplished professor, wife and mother of three who is diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s. If you’re like me, you watch Still Alice very closely, realizing…

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Wild Review

Wild is a Reese Witherspoon tour de force–an adroit film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s popular 2012 memoir of the same name, about a young woman who has lost her husband, her mother and herself, as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail alone in an attempt at self redemption. I hope you’ll forgive me, though, for…

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