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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

I'm smiling

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...

6

Good

The Magnificent Seven

A vicious villain strikes fear into a sleepy town full of simple pioneers. Seven unlikely heroes emerge. It’s a classic tale of good versus evil, but this is the Wild West, where anything can happen. The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960s movie of the same name and based on the 1954 Japanese film, S...

8

Great

Where Fashion Sits

The First Monday in May, the day of the Met Gala; a calendar date for some and a 10 second celeb slot in the news for others. No matter what you think of the event itself, this documentary seems to attempt something other than just a witness of the glamour-blasted event. There is unexpected sensitivity for ...

6

Good

The Secret Life of Pets

The Secret Life of Pets is definitely one of those films that uses up all the best parts in the trailer. I don’t know if I (or anyone else in the theater) really had a good chuckle after all the trailer parts had been used up in the first ten minutes. The premise, no matter how similar to Toy Story, w...

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...

6

Good

Space: The Collection

It’s been quite a space-y year. What with Star Trek: Beyond coming out, Star Wars: The Force Awakens exploding onto our screens, No Man’s Sky taking the hype train as far as it can go, and Mass Effect Andromeda finally coming into the light. Even Call of Duty has entered the final frontier! If you are like ...

9

Flippin' great

A Letter to Momo

I have a love/hate relationship with Japanese animation. I don’t think I need to explain the love part but the hate part is for the same reason that I disliked Mary Poppins and The Wizard of Oz. It seems that as a viewer you can be tracking along just fine, but at some point in time, the movie require...

7

I'm smiling

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...

8

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.  ...

8

Great

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