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Chi-Raq

Chi-Raq

It may seem weird that an Ancient Greek playwright known for comedy receives a writing credit on a 2015 Spike Lee film focusing on the epidemic Read More

Krampus

Krampus

In folklore, the Krampus is kind of an anti-Santa Claus – a horned, hoofed creature that comes around every yuletide season to punish the children who Read More

Youth

Youth

Youth has something to say, but that something is pretty obvious, and so the film dresses it up in a lot of self-satisfied artiness. The approach is Read More

The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur

For years now, the “P” in Pixar stood for perfect. Each one of its films, including the frequently dismissed A Bug’s Life, showed a studio that was Read More

Victor Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s classic novel is remarkably rich and ripe for adaptation, as evidenced by the laundry list of productions using the tale as inspiration. There have Read More

Creed

Creed

There are a few key dramatic moments in Creed when Bill Conti’s iconic Rocky score kicks in, but it’s only for a note or two before 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

Entertainment

Entertainment

Gregg Turkington’s alter ego, Neil Hamburger – “America’s funnyman” – is a seedy, scowling phantom, sporting a cheap suit and a greasy comb-over, grasping multiple glasses Read More

Spectre

Spectre

Purists are going to hate Spectre. It messes with the James Bond mythos is such significant, post-millennial ways that it is bound to make those who’ve Read More

The Peanuts Movie

The Peanuts Movie

Is there was a near perfect between baby boomer nostalgia and new era kiddy appreciation, The Peanuts Movie may be it. It tells a tale familiar 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

The Last Witch Hunter

The Last Witch Hunter

The title alone suggest something spectacular, and we’ve been down this path before with both a certain teen vampire slayer and a collection of comic ghost Read More

Jem and the Holograms

Jem and the Holograms

She’s truly outrageous. She’s an ’80s icon who turned many a little girl (and the occasional boy) into a self-loving example of overcoming obstacles and believing Read More