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‘Furious 7′ is big, dumb and sincere

‘Furious 7′ is big, dumb and sincere

Posted On: April 09, 2015

I would love to be a fly on the wall during a Fast and Furious brainstorming session. It [...]

‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’ aims high but settles for mediocrity

‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’ aims high but settles for mediocrity

Posted On: February 19, 2015

This 2014 update of “The Town that Dreaded Sundown,” produced by Ryan Murphy and directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon [...]

Oyelowo brings a flawed humanity to ‘Selma’

Oyelowo brings a flawed humanity to ‘Selma’

Posted On: February 09, 2015

Any movie chronicling the achievements of Martin Luther King, Jr., however, will only ever have one focus, and [...]

A troubling and necessary look at one man’s war

A troubling and necessary look at one man’s war

Posted On: February 05, 2015

The bulk of “American Sniper” depicts the dehumanizing effects of war and Kyle’s struggle to reconnect emotionally with [...]

Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ full of ‘wonder, regret and hope’

Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ full of ‘wonder, regret and hope’

Posted On: November 17, 2014

"The film's visual effects are extraordinarily beautiful and harsh, as dust storms ravage Earth and the astronauts travel [...]

‘John Wick': An action-packed enigma

‘John Wick': An action-packed enigma

Posted On: November 06, 2014

Keanu Reeves is an enigma, in that I don't think anyone — directors or viewers, myself included — [...]

‘Saw’ still sharp ten years later

‘Saw’ still sharp ten years later

Posted On: November 03, 2014

“If it’s Halloween, it must be Saw.” This was the primary tagline for the “Saw” horror franchise, which [...]

‘Fury:’ the new war movie that you’ve seen before

‘Fury:’ the new war movie that you’ve seen before

Posted On: October 20, 2014

Ever since graphic violence became acceptable in Hollywood films, the industry has had a thing for making scenes [...]

David Fincher lives up to previous work with stylish ‘Gone Girl’

David Fincher lives up to previous work with stylish ‘Gone Girl’

Posted On: October 06, 2014

The most apparent quality of “Gone Girl” is its storytelling ability, how it conceals and then reveals the [...]

‘The Maze Runner’ refreshing in its darkness

‘The Maze Runner’ refreshing in its darkness

Posted On: September 25, 2014

One of the biggest trends in cinema of the last decade or so has been young-adult novel adaptations. [...]