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‘The Circle’ a shining example of stellar cast, idea squandered

May 2, 2017

Mae Holland (Emma Watson) lands the job of a lifetime at the world’s most powerful technology and social media company, The Circle. Encouraged by the company’s founder (Tom Hanks), Holland joins a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and personal freedom.

Action-packed ‘The Fate of the Furious’ makes for wild ride

April 18, 2017

With “The Fate of the Furious,” one of the most successful film franchises in history is back! Dom (Vin Diesel) has brought everyone together to create a family. However, in the middle of a job, he betrays his family and starts to work for Cipher (Charlize Theron). What does she have on Dom to make him turn on his family?

‘Life’ evokes memory of ‘Alien,’ but struggles with deeper theme

April 12, 2017

Astronauts (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds) aboard the International Space Station are on the verge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the members of the crew conduct their research, the rapidly evolving life-form proves far more intelligent and terrifying than anyone could have imagined.

‘Ghost in the Shell’ a visual experience with underwhelming ending

April 4, 2017

Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: a human who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier. She is part of a team that is devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers something that makes her question her existence. Was her life stolen instead of saved?

‘Beauty and the Beast’ remake maintains magic of original while adding new elements

March 29, 2017

“Beauty and the Beast” got remade! Is any other introduction needed when discussing one of the greatest Disney animated films?

Inexperienced director causes ‘Kong: Skull Island’ characters to fall flat

March 21, 2017

A group of scientists, soldiers and adventurers explore a mythical and uncharted island of the Pacific Ocean. Big mistake. Their mission of discovery soon becomes one of survival.

‘Logan’ goes beyond typical superhero movie as fantastic drama

March 7, 2017

In the near future, an old, beaten down, weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X. Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his past are derailed when a young mutant arrives in desperate need of help.

‘Get Out’ a fresh take on thriller genre with eerie story

February 28, 2017

“Get Out” is a thriller/mystery film and the directorial debut of long-time “Key and Peele” actor and writer Jordan Peele. The plot centers around Chris, a black photographer, who is dating Rose, a white woman. Rose is bringing Chris to meet her parents for the weekend.

Mystery and horror coalesce to become something terrifying in ‘The Autopsy of Jane Doe’

February 22, 2017

“The Autopsy of Jane Doe” is a horror/thriller film that has been on the film festival circuit since the later part of 2016. It is available to rent online on iTunes and Google Play, to name a few.

‘The Lego Batman Movie’ overwhelms with too much humor, action

February 21, 2017

Batman (Will Arnett) works alone. He is used to living in world where he isn’t dependent on others. He takes this so far that he won’t even commit to the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) and say that he is his main enemy and that he hates him.

‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ measures up as successful sequel

February 15, 2017

All John Wick wants to do is retire and live in peace with his dog. However, circumstances from his past won’t allow this and once again, the Baba Yaga, the man you call to kill the Boogeyman, the world’s best assassin, is forced to come out.

‘Hidden Figures’ is a riveting tale about civil rights

February 8, 2017

“Hidden Figures” is the untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, brilliant African American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind helping launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

Stunning film ‘La La Land’ is more than just another musical

February 1, 2017

A good movie should at least entertain the viewer for the two or so hours they sit and watch it. A great movie makes the viewer forget they paid eight dollars to see it. A phenomenal movie makes the viewer want to walk out of the theater after the credits and walk right into the next showing and see it again. “La La Land” does this and much more.

‘Silence’ offers provoking, realistic look at religion

January 31, 2017

“Silence” tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden.

‘Moonlight’ offers authentic look at human emotion

December 14, 2016

“Moonlight” is a coming of age story about Chiron. He is growing up in the middle of a dysfunctional home where his mother is a drug addict, living a life without a father, getting constantly bullied at school and more. This is the story of his struggle to find himself as he deals with life, the highs and lows and everything that comes with it and grappling with his own sexuality and identity.