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The Girl on the Train

As a big fan of the Paula Hawkins Book, I tried to go into the movie with as little bias as possible (lol I know, you can roll your eyes). Rachel (Emily Blunt) is a lonely, miserable alcoholic who catches the train every morning and spies on a couple who live in a house on her route. She likes to fantasize ...

8

Great

Deep Water Horizon

I walked into this movie purposefully ignorant. I knew it had something to do with an oil rig and that something bad happens. That was about it. Oh, and Mark Wahlberg was going to show up at some point so I readily assumed it was a glitzy action flick. I was wrong. Thankfully wrong. Mark Wahlberg plays Mike...

7.5

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The Light Between Oceans

Based on a novel of the same title, The Light Between Oceans is a pretty heart-breaking story about love, loss and forgiveness. Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender), a veteran of World War I, is hired as a lightkeeper at a lighthouse off the coast of Western Australia. He falls in love with a local girl, Isa...

9

Flippin' great

Bridget Jones’s Baby

I feel like I need to start out with a disclaimer: I have not seen the first two Bridget Jones films in their entirety. I have fragmented memories of a fight scene around a water fountain, but that’s about it. However, Bridget Jones is somewhat of a cultural icon, so it was impossible to go into this new fi...

8

Great

Captain Fantastic: Not a Superhero Movie

A deer dies from a knife to the throat. A boy covered in bruises wants to leave his dad. A man demands to burn his dead wife and throw her ashes down the toilet. Seen out of context, these vignettes from Captain Fantastic give a foreboding impression of who the main character is. And yet as the leading acto...

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A Time Out of Mind

Publicly intoxicated, urinating, and unkind, George (Richard Gere) makes for an inexplicably handsome homeless person. Although other than his good looks, it isn’t fair to define him by these simple terms. Time Out of Mind requires some other, perhaps broader, definitions of street life as this series of in...

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Great

Sully

Sully is one of those movies that everyone will like. Not just because it has Tom Hanks in it (and we all love Tom Hanks) but because it manages to be a thrilling disaster movie and a feel-good movie at the same time. If you don’t remember the events of January 15, 2009, let me give you a quick refresher.  ...

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Bad Moms

After being semi-traumatised by Mike and Dave need Wedding Dates I wasn’t sure if I could ever trust an R-rated comedy again. Luckily Bad Moms was a very pleasant surprise! The basic idea is that Amy (Mila Kunis) is an over worked and underappreciated mum trying to juggle a million things at once and feelin...

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Ben Hur

The latest interpretation of Ben-Hur is the fifth film adaption of the novel from the 1800s. It’s endlessly being compared to the 1959 version and I don’t really understand why – because this telling of the story is fantastic all on its own. If you’re unfamiliar with the story, it’s a bit like this: Judah B...

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The Shallows

When medical student Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) seeks solace on a secluded beach in Mexico following the death of her mother, she is unaware that she’ll soon be fighting for her life against a menacing great white shark with a vicious grudge against humanity. The Shallows is a tense survival thriller from d...

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A Month of Sundays

A Month of Sundays is charming, awkward, sweet, laugh-out-loud funny, and slow. In this Aussie film, real estate agent Frank Mollard (Anthony LaPaglia) is divorced, on less than favourable terms with his teenage son, unenthusiastic about his job, and to top it all off he receives a phone call from his recen...

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Great

Brooklyn Review

Eilis, an Irish immigrant, (Saoirse Ronan) lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local (Emory Cohen). When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Many romantic dramas draw you in with their grand gestures...

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