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Review – Black Mass

Walking out of the theater, I had to remind myself that Black Mass is actually based on a true story. My brain had trouble accepting this fact because nothing about it felt authentic or original. Instead, it felt more like a lazy retread of much better Hollywood

Review – Mr. Holmes

From Guy Ritchie’s barroom brawling version to CBS’ Elementary and Steven Moffat’s Sherlock, the modern takes on the character, there have been many recent attempts to reimagine the character of Sherlock Holmes. Some of these reboots have been good, some have been bad, but they’ve never quite

Review – The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Teenage sexuality is an awkward, unavoidable minefield that encompasses so much more than the issue of virginity. While most teen dramas end at the decision to lose one’s virginity, The Diary of a Teenage Girl realizes that this is only the beginning. Set in the 1970s, The

Review – Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton is a good movie that could have been great. While I enjoyed the film, which is a biopic of the iconic rap group N.W.A., I also felt that it was overlong and overly ambitious. It follows founding group members Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson Jr.),

Review – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation shouldn’t work. It’s the fifth installment of an action franchised based on a cheesy 60s television show. The protagonist is 53 years old. And it is rehashing a lot of the concepts and ideas that you’ve seen in previous Mission: Impossible films,

Review – Southpaw

If you’ve ever seen a boxing movie (or an underdog story in general), you can see every story beat coming in Southpaw from a mile away. The story feels like a lazy man’s Rocky III. It follows Billy “The Great” Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal), an undefeated championship boxer

Review – Paper Towns

The film’s title, Paper Towns, refers to a trick used by cartographers to prevent other mapmakers from copying their hard work. The cartographers would create fake towns – a.k.a. “paper towns” – so that if those faux cities popped up on someone else’s map, they’d know they

Review – Ant-Man

Like many people, my excitement for Ant-Man waned greatly after writer/director Edgar Wright abruptly left the project last year. Ant-Man, as a character, doesn’t have much appeal to me, but I’m a huge fan of Wright’s work, which includes Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The

Review – Trainwreck

On paper, teaming writer/star Amy Schumer with director/producer Judd Apatow seems like a perfect match. Schumer has become something of an Internet darling for her sketch comedy show Inside Amy Schumer, which combines edgy humor with strong feminist undertones, while Apatow has directed great adult comedies that

Review – Terminator Genisys

While no one should be applauded for choosing to dust off the Terminator franchise for one more film, I do at least credit the powers that be for not simply hitting the reset button and giving us a complete remake. Instead, they choose the more challenging path