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2017 Comic Book Movie Preview

2017 Comic Book Movie Preview

There are 12 movies coming out this year that are adapted from original comic material, which is pretty insane. Many of them are superhero films that fall into existing franchises under the Marvel or DC umbrellas, [...]

xXx: Franchise Revisited

xXx: Franchise Revisited

The most extreme letter in the alphabet is inarguably X, and the only thing more extreme than just one X is three! xXx or ‘Triple X’ is not just the most extreme combination of letters, but [...]

<i>Paterson</i> review

Paterson review

As someone who works in an office all day— cubicles, too bright fluorescent lights, recirculated air—it is easy to romanticize blue collar jobs. Ones that have cool titles, like plumber, welder, or even bus driver. And [...]

<i>Patriots Day</i> review

Patriots Day review

It’s hard to figure out the purpose for movies like Patriots Day, which can be loosely described as ‘current events-based thrillers.’ United 93 is another great example of this. Sure, it’s great to put a tragedy into cinematic [...]

<i>Live by Night</i> review

Live by Night review

Live by Night is a glossy and bloody prohibition-era set film about Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck), an Irish gangster. Based on Dennis Lehane’s novel, and written, directed, and produced by Affleck, this crime drama aspires to [...]

<i>The Bye Bye Man</i> review

The Bye Bye Man review

Don’t say it. Don’t think it. Don’t say it. Don’t think it. These are the rather simple rules to avoiding the curse of The Bye Bye Man from spreading, because once you know his name, it’s [...]

The Best Films of the Decade So Far – Part 2

The Best Films of the Decade So Far – Part 2

Last week I covered films 14-26, so here are the 13 best movies of the last five years (2011-2016). 13. Edge of Tomorrow (dir. Doug Liman, 2014) Great science fiction conceit, unique action sequences, and fun [...]

Oscars So Not White 

Oscars So Not White 

With The Golden Globes behind us, the Oscar nomination announcements are only a few weeks away. Recent years have seen an increased focus on the diversity of the awards season, in large part due to the [...]

Grant Me the Strength to Sit Through All of <i>Silence</i>

Grant Me the Strength to Sit Through All of Silence

As I write this I am trying to decide whether or not to spend this snowy evening watching Marty Scorsese’s latest, Silence. It looks good, and even Scorsese’s worst films are still wandering in the realm [...]

Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2017 (Non-obvious Edition)

Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2017 (Non-obvious Edition)

  It may seem crazy to already cast an eye to the big movies of 2017, but like any good movie junkie that’s just what we do. We need our fix. The great news about being [...]

<i>Silence</i> review

Silence review

Silence is an astounding achievement of a film. Complex, beautiful, and moving, if I had seen it a few weeks ago it would have been in the upper end of my best of 2016 list. But [...]