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Movie Reviews Archives for 2017-07

Regional Media Movie Review The Emoji Movie

What is there to be said about The Emoji Movie? That’s what I have been asking myself for the more than an hour since I sat down to write this review. This empty, mostly competent, 90+ minute ad for smartphone apps doesn’t inspire much to be written about it. Sure, I could rail against the empty, soulless, mercenary nature of what amounts to app product placement the movie, but I have been shouting into that void since the trailer for the film hit and no one seemed to care then. So, let’s just start writing and see what happens.Click the poster for the full review.... 

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Regional Media Movie Review Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron as Lorraine, the top spy in Britain's MI6. Her mission is to retrieve sensitive and dangerous information from East Berlin just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Helping and hindering her attempts are her officious boss, Toby Jones, the American CIA, headed by John Goodman, and her top Berlin contact David played by James McAvoy. Here's my review of Atomic Blonde....
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Regional Media Movie Review La Bamba 30 Years Later

Somehow, despite having seen the movie La Bamba more than a dozen times in my life, watching the movie on its 30th Anniversary felt brand new. La Bamba was a film of my youth; I was 11 years old when the film hit theaters in 1987. I watched it repeatedly when it was on pay cable and free TV in the later 80’s and 90’s and then the film fell from my memory. You might be wondering how I could have allowed something I must’ve treasured to leave my memories. The answer is more complicated than I had imagined.

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Regional Media Movie Review Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

I cannot decide which is the more difficult type of review: positive without fawning, negative without being mean-spirited or ambivalent. The last type of review is where I find myself with the new movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets:; utter and complete ambivalence. There is much to admire about the latest from director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional, among others) but there is also plenty of empty, sci-fi spectacle. Get the full review by clicking the photo below. 

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Regional Media Movie Review Dunkirk

Dunkirk comes from the mind and talent of director Christopher Nolan who is well-known for the blockbuster Dark Knight trilogy along with Interstellar and Memento. Here, Mr. Nolan is taking of the famed battle of Dunkirk a significant setback to British forces who find themselves forced off of the European continent, literally driven to the sea by the onslaught of the German army. Against this backdrop several different characters emerge to tell different aspects of this non-linear story including a pilot played by Tom Hardy, an emotionally damaged soldier played by Cillian Murphy, a non-military boat owner played by Academy Award winner Mark Rylance and several young soldiers trapped on the beach, one played by One Direction singer Harry Styles. Click the photo for my review of Dunkirk. 

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Regional Media Movie Review The Big Sick

The Big Sick broke my heart into a million little pieces and slowly pieced it back together throughout its gentle, sweet and very, very funny 120 minutes. Featuring an unconventional but brilliant lead performer, a radiant love interest and two of the best possible supporting players anyone could ask for, The Big Sick is, thus far, the best movie of 2017. Click the poster to read the full review. 

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Regional Media Movie Review War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes picks up the story of Caesar (Andy Serkis), leader of the Apes as he defends his Apes against an encroaching human army led by a mad man Colonel played by Woody Harrelson. As the two battle get into a battle of wills the body count rises on both sides and tragedy looms for human and Ape alike. Here is my review of War for the Planet of the Apes.
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Regional Media Movie Review Spider-Man Homecoming

Spider-Man Homecoming stars Tom Holland, picking up where he left off as the web-slinging superhero from Captain America: Civil War. Homecoming finds our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man getting restless stopping crime in and around Queens and eager to become a full-fledged Avenger. Spidey's spies an opportunity to impress his mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) when he finds a group of criminals stealing and dealing alien technology retro-fitted for the modern street criminal. Michael Keaton and Marisa Tomei co-star. Click the poster below for my review of Spider-Man Homecoming....

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Regional Media Movie Review The Beguiled

The Beguiled is the latest from "Lost in Translation" director Sophia Coppola. The film stars Colin Ferrell as a Union soldier who suffered a serious leg injury and is attempting to escape the war when he is discovered by a student at a Virginia girls school. After the soldier is taken in by the women at the school he is cared for allegedly so that he can be turned over to be imprisoned. The leader of the school is played by Nicole Kidman while Kirsten Dunst is the lead teacher and Elle Fanning is a provocative young student. Click the poster below for my review of The Beguiled... 

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