Month: August 2017

Review: ‘Good Time’ is a great movie about some bad people

Director(s): Josh & Benny Safdie Starring: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Taliah Webster, Barkhad Abdi, Jennifer Jason Leigh Rated: R (for language throughout, violence, drug use and sexual content) Year: 2017 You don’t need to like the main character of a story. You need only be compelled by them. That’s good new for Good Time‘s Constantine Nikas,

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Review: ‘Birth of the Dragon’ serves as an insane, quasi-biopic for Kung-Fu legend

Director: George Nolfi Starring: Philip Ng, Xia Yu, Billy Magnussen, Terry Chen Rating: PG-13 Year: 2017 The world may never know what truly transpired during the legendary San Francisco showdown between Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man back in 1964. There were few witness and still today there are conflicting reports. The one fact everyone seems to

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Review: ‘Naked’ settles for bare bones laughs

Director: Michael Tiddes Cast: Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall, Dennis Haysbert, Eliza Coupe, Scott Foley Rating: PG-13 Year: 2017 It’s easy to imagine the expression of pure jubilation that must have rolled across Marlon Wayans’s face the moment he realized that, by remaking the 2000 Swedish Comedy Naken, he could easily highlight his– ahem– assets. I guess any excuse

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Review: ‘Logan Lucky’ is a fun, fresh country fried take on ‘Ocean’s Eleven’

Director: Steven Soderbergh Starring: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Katie Holmes, Seth MacFarlane, and Farrah Mackenzie Synopsis: Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.  Rating: PG-13 Year: 2017 Steven Soderbergh cemented his legacy in the artsier realm of cinema when he won the Best Director Oscar for Traffic. The

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Review: What’s old is new again in ‘Wind River’

Director: Taylor Sheridan Starring: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Teo Briones, Graham Greene, and Gil Birmingham Synopsis: An FBI agent teams with a town’s veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.  Rated: R Year: 2017 It’s late night. A young Native American woman bolts barefoot across the vast, unforgiving Wyoming tundra. She

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Review: ‘A Ghost Story’ is a haunting, complex moviegoing experience

Director: David Lowery Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara Synopsis: In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife (IMDb).  Rated: R Year: 2017 Complete with sheet and dark eyeholes, a man’s restless spirit

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Review: ‘Annabelle: Creation’ is one of the scariest films of the year

Director: David F. Sandberg Starring: Stephanie Sigman, Miranda Otto, Lulu Wilson, Talitha Bateman, and Alicia Vela-Bailey Synopsis: Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle

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The Best Recent Horror Movie Prequels

Speaking in general terms, prequels get a bad rap and that seems to go double for horror prequels. This weekend sees the release of Annabelle: Creation, the prequel to Annabelle, which itself is a prequel to The Conjuring. If social media is any indication, it seems many have prematurely dismissed the forthcoming origin despite its official

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