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Monday, February 20, 2017

Space, race and space race

“Hidden Figures” tells an untold yet, remarkable true story of three intelligent African-American women who contributed to the many firsts of NASA’s historic space launches. Though, in a segregated Virginia of 1961, the ingenious...

Split: a thrilling return to form for M. Night Shyamalan

Remember “The Happening”? What a stinker. Remember “Unbreakable”? What a classic. For a little over 10 years, director M. Night Shyamalan has been putting out nothing but heaps of garbage like “The Happening,” forcing...

“The Edge of Seventeen” will put you on the edge with a non-existent plotline

Millennials and admirers of both visually stunning cinematography and physically alluring actors were lovestruck by the enchanting trailer for “The Edge of Seventeen” that aired throughout social media outlets as well as movie theatres....

“Nocturnal Animals” displays mastery of craft by Tom Ford

Tom Ford made a toughie. The fashion designer-turned-filmmaker’s second cinematic feature, “Nocturnal Animals” starts just about as confusingly as it ends, and we can talk about interpretations all day but there remains a layer...

“La La Land” is a beautiful meditation on classic Hollywood

Hollywood musicals fell out of favor a long time ago — gone are the days of Fred Astaire, or Ginger Roots. From the ‘80s to now, musicals as a genre leaned toward a kitschy...

“20th Century Women” is a compelling film

“20th Century Women” is a semi-autobiographical comedy-drama directed by Mike Mills about a single mother, Dorothea (Annette Bening), struggling to raise her teenage son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) during the summer of 1979. With...

A flawed, promising entry into the Star Wars story

In 1977, George Lucas revolutionized pop culture with the release of “Star Wars,” a sci-fi epic unlike anything before it. It had charismatic characters and a simple enough plot that left plenty of room...

Project Almanac: The Butterfly Effect for Dumb People

If I had a time machine, I would go back in time and destroy the script for “Inception” — not because I dislike the film, as I think Christopher Nolan is one of the...

“Barbershop” makes the cut with its memorable characters

If there has been a movie so far this year that has proven that comedy and depth can successfully co-exist, it would be “Barbershop: The Next Cut.” I know that that sounds strange, since...

“Zoolander 2” has lost its Blue Steel

Everyone who watched the original “Zoolander” movie will always remember the “school for ants,” “Dere-lick-my-balls” from the face-off scene and last but certainly not least, the Blue Steel Magnum look that was so beautiful...