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Film review: “Ghost Stories” (2017) 

“Ghost Stories” (2017)  Drama/Thriller/Horror Running Time: 98 minutes Written & directed by: Andy Nyman & Jeremy Dyson Featuring: Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther, Paul Whitehouse Mike Priddle:“It’s funny, isn’t it? How it’s always the last key that unlocks everything.” The new film “Ghost Stories” (2017) released this week in New Zealand cinemas is the most unusual of genre movies, one that incorporates […]

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Film review: “Halloween” (2018)

“Halloween” (2018) Horror Running Time: 105 minutes Written by: David Gordon Green, Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride Directed by: David Gordon Green Featuring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak,Will Patton,Virginia Gardner, Nick Castle Laurie Strode: “Do you know that I prayed every night that he would escape?” Hawkins: “What the hell did you do that for?” Laurie Strode: “So I can kill him.” […]

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Film review: “A Star Is Born” (2018)

“A Star Is Born” (2018) Drama Running Time: 135 minutes Written by: Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters Directed by: Bradley Cooper Featuring:  Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott Jackson Maine: “Can I tell you a secret?”[Ally looks over to him] Jackson Maine: “I think you might be a songwriter. And don’t worry, I won’t tell anybody. But I’m not […]

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Movie review: “Venom” (2018)

“Venom” (2018) Action Running Time: 112 minutes Written by: Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, and Kelly Marcel Directed by: Ruben Fleischer Featuring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott Dr. Carlton Drake: “Look around at the world. What do you see? A planet on the brink of collapse. Human beings are disposable. But man and symbiote combined, this is a new race, a new […]

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Film review: “Support the girls” (2018)

“Support the girls” (2018) Drama/Comedy Running Time: 91 minutes Written & directed by: Andrew Bujalski Featuring: Haley Lu Richardson, Regina Hall, James Le Gros, AJ Michalka, Dylan Gelula, Shayna McHayle, Lea DeLaria, Jana Kramer, and  Brooklyn Decker Lisa: “I started this day off crying, so if you ask me, laughing is progress.” There can be no real surprise that some of the best most original as well as […]

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Film review: “BlacKkKlansman” (2018)

“BlacKkKlansman” (2018) Drama Running Time: 135 minutes Written by: Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee Directed by: Spike Lee Featuring: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, and Topher Grace Flip Zimmerman: “What kind of stuff do you guys do?” Klansman: “Cross burnings, marches, this is fixing to be a big year for us.” There is no doubt at […]

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Movie review: “The Meg” (2018)

“The Meg” (2018) Action Running Time: 113 minutes Written by: Dean Georgaris and Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber Directed by: Jon Turteltaub Featuring: Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, and Cliff Curtis Jonas Taylor: “My God. It’s a megalodon.” Morris: “He’s kidding, right?” As the Summer movie season winds down one of the more stranger entries into the madness of this […]

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Film review: “Ideal Home” (2018)

“Ideal Home” (2018) Drama/Comedy Running Time: 91 minutes Written by: Andrew Fleming Directed by: Andrew Fleming Featuring: Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd, Allison Pill, Jake McDorman, and Jack Gore Paul:“Wait, you have a grandson?” This has been such a very good year for comedies that there is always the risk of taking them for granted which after a terrible 2017 for the genre audiences should […]

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Film review: “The Equalizer 2” (2018)

“The Equalizer 2” (2018) Drama/Thriller Running Time: 129 minutes Written by: Richard Wenk Directed by: Antoine Fuqua Featuring: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Melissa Leo, and Bill Pullman Robert McCall: “They killed my friend. So I’m going to kill each and every one of them. And the only disappointment is that I only get to do it once.” After four years star Denzel Washington […]

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Film review: “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” (2018)

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout ” (2018) Thriller Running Time: 147 minutes Written by: Christopher McQuarrie Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie Featuring:  Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Henry Cavill and Angela Bassett August Walker: “How many times has Hunt’s government betrayed him, disavowed him, cast him aside? How long before a man like that has had enough?” Say what you want about Tom […]

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Film review: “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018)

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018) Action Running Time: 105 minutes Written by: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari Directed by: Peyton Reed Featuring: Paul Rudd,  Evangeline Lilly,  Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas Scott Lang: “I do some dumb things, and the people I love the […]

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Film review: “Paterno” (2018)

“Paterno” (2018) Drama Running Time: 105 minutes Written by: Debora Cahn & John C. Richards Directed by: Barry Levinson Featuring: Al Pacino, Riley Keough, Kathy Baker, Greg Grunberg, Annie Parisse Sara Ganim: “Uh, I’m sorry. You said… 1976?” Movies about sports teams or personalities are a dime a dozen, every year in many formats they are released, normally very tightly controlled affairs, […]

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Film review: “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” (2018)

“Sicario: Day of the Soldado” (2018) Drama/Thriller Running Time: 122 minutes Written by: Taylor Sheridan Directed by: Stefano Sollima Featuring:  Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jeffrey Donovan, Isabela Moner, Catherine Keener, and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo Alejandro: [to Isabela] “You have no reason to trust me, but trusting me is how you’re going to survive.” There is no doubt in my mind that the release of “Sicario” (2015) […]

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Film review: “The Leisure Seeker” (2017)

“The Leisure Seeker” (2017) Drama/Comedy Running Time: 112 minutes Written by: Paolo Virzì, Francesca Archibugi, Francesco Piccolo and Stephen Amidon Directed by: Paolo Virzì Featuring: Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren Will Spencer: “So you know what happened, when was it, last year? I opened their bedroom door and she was on the bed and he was kneeling in front of her and… I […]

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Film review: “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018)

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018) Action Running Time: 128 minutes Written by: Colin Trevorrow & Derek Connolly Directed by: J. A. Bayona Featuring:  Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong, Jeff Goldblum , Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, Isabella Sermon, and Geraldine Chaplin Senator Sherwood: “Do these animals deserve the same protection given to other species? Or should they just be left […]

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Film review: “Hereditary” (2018)

“Hereditary” (2018) Horror Running Time: 127 minutes Written & Directed by: Ari Aster Featuring:  Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, and Gabriel Byrne Charlie: “Who’s gonna take care of me?” Annie: “Uh, excuse me? You don’t think I’m gonna take care of you?” Charlie: “But when you die?” While watching the new familial horror movie “Hereditary” (2018) I could not help but […]