Category Archives: Film Reviews

Deadpool (2016) – Review

Take Bugs Bunny, give him katanas, bloodlust, Ryan Reynolds’ abs and ADHD snark and you have Deadpool, the titular antihero of the year’s first superhero movie, which makes use of the character’s fourth-wall breaking and humor to gleefully take apart … Continue reading

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The Revenant (2015) – Review

I find films succeed or fail on three factors: 1) story and characters 2) filmmaking 3) acting. The Revenant has two and three down, but it’s the film’s failure with one that makes me think the film will be forgotten … Continue reading

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The Hateful Eight (2015) – Review

The Hateful Eight, appropriately the eighth film from auteur Quentin Tarantino, dovetails his first film, fellow bad-guys-in-a-room thriller Reservoir Dogs with the Western genre with an added dash of Agatha Christie. Together, they combine for a surprisingly-sincere film with a powerful … Continue reading

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Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) – Review

How do you review Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Nobody will read this review to judge whether it’s worth a look. Let’s be honest, if you’re reading this, you’re either a Star Wars fan or my mother. So by what … Continue reading

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Creed (2015) – Review

Creed, like its title character, is a boxer who’s focus is overwhelmingly on legacy – and rightfully so when picking up the torch of the venerable Rocky series. The film bobs and weaves, expertly hitting every emotional right hook and … Continue reading

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The Night Before (2015) – Review

The Night Before hits all the right notes of a classic holiday film combined with the profane humor and bromance we’ve come to expect and love about writer/star Seth Rogen. Self-aware and mature about its immaturity, the film is comfort … Continue reading

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Spectre (2015) – Review

Spectre, the 24th film featuring British superspy James Bond and the fourth featuring Daniel Craig in the role, is about as close to a greatest hits album as a film can get. However, also like greatest hits albums, it’s repetitive, … Continue reading

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Bone Tomahawk (2015) – Review

The great of thing about the rarefied genre of “cannibal Western” is that it’s sells itself right up front. Do I even need to provide you with more than the picture of Kurt Russell’s whiskers and the phrase “cannibal Western” … Continue reading

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Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015) – Review

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension has the unenviable task of being a franchise finale, responsible for satisfactorily wrapping up the six(6!) film series about haunted houses and the idiots who film them. It’s doesn’t really do anything particularly well in … Continue reading

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Bridge of Spies (2015) – Review

As indomitably towering in its director, star and writers, Bridges of Spies is stubbornly old-fashioned both in concept and in execution. Co-written by the Coen brothers, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks all add up, in theory and … Continue reading

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