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The Witch - An Ultimately Forgettable Folktale
                     I cannot claim to
be an aficionado of horror films, though I do appreciate a good scare and have
fond childhood memories of the old Hammer Films and Universal monster movies. For
me, a good horror movie should at least unnerve you and s...
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“Deadpool” – You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry, You’ll Laugh Some More Then Wish You Hadn’t Bought That Large Drink
The wait is over, Deadpool fans (sorry,
we don’t have a cutsie name like Trekkies or Bronies) the long anticipated
movie is here and it’s an absolute comic thrill ride with that friend at the
wheel your parent’s probably wouldn’t want you hanging around wit...
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"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" - The Valentine’s Day Treat For Zombie Lovers (AND Lovers of Zombies.)
     Let’s start by
saying it’s really hard to take a film, or book, with this one’s title too
seriously. Purists of Regency Era literature are probably crying that the
venerable Jane Austin must be rolling in her grave over what has been made of
her master...
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The Flawed Genius of The Revenant
Revenant – noun – one that returns after death or a long absence. - The great motivation for me to see
this picture, which has been flying under my radar for some time, was quite
honestly it’s astonishing 12 Academy Award nominations....
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Good Bye Trapper, Remembering Wayne Rogers
On the final day on 2015, Wayne
Rogers, the actor best known for portraying Capt. “Trapper” John McIntyre on
the classic tv series M*A*S*H, passed away in Los Angeles, he was 82. The loss
of Wayne Rogers for me is the loss of a childhood role model. For wha...
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"The Force Awakens" - And Not A Moment Too Soon!
      Better late than
never for this review, even as a boy I was the last kid on the block to see new
Star Wars films, so it is almost fitting to carry on the tradition with “The
Force Awakens”. There has been a lot of talk in the media, fandom and the
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Retro Thrills and Cold War Kicks In Guy Ritchie’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E”
I’ve been a Guy Ritchie fan since stumbling
upon Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels years ago. The man’s wry wit and distinctive visual style made him, in this
reviewer’s opinion, the UK’s own Quentin Tarantino. Ritchie has had great
successes with films s...
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The Regrets & Redemption of Old Mr. Holmes
I’ve anxiously
awaited this film, not only as an Ian McKellen fan but as a devout Sherlockian
since Jeremy Brett played the master detective in the 1980’s Granada series. Anticipation
of McKellen’s take on the iconic Victorian sleuth ignited in me an enthus...
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The Hobbit, Pt. II – The Desolation of Tolkien?
Another highly anticipated sequel has
arrived in theaters. The Hobbit: The
Desolation of Smaug bowed last weekend just in time to satiate our Middle
Earth jones. In December 2001 I saw Peter Jackson’s first Tolkien installment, LOTR: The Fellowship of the R...
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An Open Letter to Cass Warner, RE: Casablanca Sequel
Dear Ms. Warner      By now it is
almost common knowledge that the Warner Sisters shingle is developing the
project Return to Casablanca . While
many cinephiles the world over may be cringing at the very thought of a sequel
to one of the most iconic films e...
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