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REVIEW: Swipe Left on ‘HOW TO BE SINGLE’

Since 1995, I, an almost forty-year-old woman, have been in back to back monogamous relationships. I’ve had exactly two boyfriends – the second one being the one I married. This isn’t meant to sound like a humblebrag, but rather a statement that I don’t know very much about how to be single. In this modern [...]

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REVIEW: THE PEANUTS MOVIE Will Make Cartoon Hearts Appear

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip in the Sunday funnies defined our childhood. Marked by unflinching honesty and acerbic wit, it blazed a trail, allowing us to experience the growing pains of a boy named Charlie Brown and his dog Snoopy. Beloved television specials like IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN CHARLIE BROWN, A CHARLIE BROWN [...]

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REVIEW: CRIMSON PEAK – The Flowers In Guillermo Del Toro’s Attic

Director Guillermo Del Toro is an iconic filmmaker. He’s taken genre pictures and made them go mainstream. CRONOS, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE and PAN’S LABYRINTH are regarded as his greatest works. He’s also had a few lackluster offerings, like MIMIC, BLADE II and (depending who you talk to) PACIFIC RIM. Unfortunately, despite its eye-popping visuals and [...]

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REVIEW: PAN – Finding Never(never go there)land

Over the years, we’ve seen many interpretations of author J.M. Barrie’s character Peter Pan. Though Walt Disney’s animated classic PETER PAN remains the gold standard on the silver screen, other cinematic explorations include P.J. Hogan’s live-action film from 2003 and creative spins on the mythology like Steven Spielberg’s HOOK, Mark Forrester’s FINDING NEVERLAND, and Disney’s [...]

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REVIEW: THE MARTIAN Is An Upbeat, Hope-filled Survivalist Tale

Director Ridley Scott has returned once again to exploring familiar territory – space. In ALIEN, he showed us that no one could hear us scream there. In PROMETHEUS, he showed us the dangers of human hubris (and humans’ utter stupidity). Now in THE MARTIAN (written by another LOST alum, Drew Goddard), he strikes cinematic gold [...]

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REVIEW: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION Is A Must-See

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: to believe a 50-something actor can retain his title as an A-list blockbusting action superstar without skimping on the practical kick-ass stunt work that earned him that title in the first place. With many former 80’s idols relying on CG these days (I’m looking right at you, [...]

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REVIEW: PAPER TOWNS Is For Romantics Only, Cynics Need Not Apply

Do you remember what it was to be young and alive with limitless possibilities laid out ahead of you? Was the road to adult happiness smoothly paved with clear directions and signage, or did your journey take you on an off-road adventure? Did you really even live if you didn’t push the boundaries of your [...]

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REVIEW: TESTAMENT OF YOUTH Is Thoughtful Pondering On The Futility Of War

Superheroes aren’t just born – they’re made. Vera Brittain wasn’t born a hero. She became one after the first World War robbed her of many of the loves of her life. Director James Kent’s TESTAMENT OF YOUTH is the feminist icon’s true-life superhero origin story. The exquisitely-lensed coming-of-age tale is about love, loss and lots [...]

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REVIEW: TRAINWRECK Smartly Subverts Traditional RomCom Formula

Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl back. By now, we’re all familiar with this romcom formula, and it takes a lot of ingenuity to impress genre fans. Writer-superstar Amy Schumer’s TRAINWRECK does just that by taking that tired formula, reversing the gender roles, and making it [...]

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REVIEW: ANT-MAN Encourages Audiences To Rant, Man

The tiny titular character at the heart of director Peyton Reed’s Marvel movie has giant-sized problems – the most glaring being his cinematic anthem is almost a complete mess. Two parts sluggish heist movie, one part hackneyed emotional drama, and one part typical Marvel-ous (not actually marvelous) mayhem, ANT-MAN is a rare and rather unfortunate [...]

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