Tanna

Overall Rating: 3/5 September 16, 2016 Dir. Bentley Dean, Martin Butler Rated NR Tanna, one of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Picture, is named for the South Pacific island that it was filmed on. The entire film was shot on location and tells the true story of a marriage dispute that occurred among the […]

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Doctor Strange

Overall Rating: 3/5 November 4, 2016 Dir. Scott Derrickson Rated PG-13 (for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence) Doctor Strange is a solidly entertaining blockbuster that smartly utilizes its budget to create some awesome visuals. Exciting and at times even surprising, this popcorn flick should sate your thirst for new superhero thrills. The roles […]

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The Light Between Oceans

Overall Rating: 3/5 September 2, 2016 Dir. Derek Cianfrance Rated PG-13 (for thematic material and some sexual content) This one’s a real mixed bag of strengths and weaknesses. The Light Between Oceans, based on the novel of the same name, is about a newly-made lighthouse keeper and his new family. Set primarily during the early twenties off the […]

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The Secret Life of Pets

Overall Rating: 3/5 July8, 2016 Dir. Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud Rated PG (for action and some rude humor) The simple and hilarious premise shown in the early trailers made me wonder why we haven’t seen this exact kind of movie come along sooner. Unfortunately, this film does not deliver its own premise very well. Without […]

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Elle

Overall Rating: 3/5 November 11, 2016 Dir. Paul Verhoeven Rated R (for violence involving sexual assault, disturbing sexual content, some grisly images, brief graphic nudity, and language) Selected to compete for the Palme d’Or, Elle was one of the most critically acclaimed foreign films of the year. Isabelle Hupert delivers an Oscar-nominated performance in her unique and […]

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Miss Hokusai

Overall Rating: 3/5 October 14, 2016 Dir. Keiichi Hara Rated PG-13 (for mature thematic material including sexual situations and images) At times visually hypnotizing, Miss Hokusai, is an anime loosely based on the actual lives of a Japanese artist and his daughter. This is a journey through an “art-scape”that creates a self-referential atmosphere in which the line between […]

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Manchester By The Sea

Overall Rating: 3/5 December 16, 2016 Dir. Kenneth Lonnergan Rated R (for language throughout and some sexual content) Let me start off by saying that I have very mixed feelings about this film. The subject of the film is grief and its affects on the main character. Manchester by the Sea is more of a character study […]

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