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The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book is a vivid, colorful, action-packed contradiction. Its uniquely modern cinematic environment blends hyper-realistic CG with purposely artificial animation. Its story merges propulsive action Read More

The Boss

The Boss

The only thing separating The Boss from a standard, nauseating Adam Sandler film is the lingering belief that there be some inherent quality to anything Melissa Read More

Allegiant

Allegiant

Perhaps one shouldn’t be surprised by an overall lack of quality in a homogenized YA adaptation, but given the relative acceptability of its two predecessors, it’s Read More

Zootopia

Zootopia

Boy, is Zootopia a direct shot of unabashed liberalism. Disney Animation’s latest in-house creation (not a Pixar production that Disney distributes) is more fervent about its Read More

Triple 9

Triple 9

Triple 9 is the kind of terrible movie that can only be made by a bunch of really talented people. Its sting is not merely because it’s Read More

Concussion (2015)

Concussion (2015)

A clear narrative pattern develops throughout Concussion by which the film viciously and relentlessly exposes the potential horrors an average NFL career can exhibit on a Read More

Joy

Joy

Joy is the kind of mythic tale of a heroic spitfire that should force us to stand up and cheer by the end. It’s curious, then, Read More

Spotlight

Spotlight

One could posit – and many have – that print journalism is dead, its power sapped by the up-to-the-minute availability of digital media, its reach blunted Read More

Room

Room

There is enough weight in the surface premise of Room to carry a film on its own. A young woman is held captive in a tight Read More

Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies

There is the bright-eyed, boundless adventurer version of Steven Spielberg and the classical, historically reverent version of Steven Spielberg. Both are relentlessly old-fashioned, almost Rockwellian in Read More

The Walk

The Walk

The Walk is split into two disparate halves – the half Robert Zemeckis passionately wanted to make, and the half he had to make in order Read More

The Intern

The Intern

The Intern is that quintessential Nancy Meyers film, so identifiable that it feels like it was made from a template. The cast is led by an Read More

Sicario

Sicario

There is so much to admire in Sicario that it seems wrong to confess I could never fully engage with it. I kept trying to find Read More