Toni Erdmann

Overall Rating: 3/5 December 25, 2016 Dir. Maren Ade Rated R (for strong sexual conetnt, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use) Toni Erdmann has proven to be a tough film to review. The film has impressive strengths, but there are a number of things that diminish the film’s efficacy and ultimately damage the overall experience. […]

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Overall Rating: 3/5 December 28, 2016 Dir. Jim Jarmusch Rated R (for some language) Paterson could be a very polarizing film. It is a film about art and specifically poetry. There are a number of things that director Jarmusch does here that make the viewer feel as if they are experiencing poetry through film, which is really […]

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Pete’s Dragon

Overall Rating: 3/5 August 12, 2016 Dir. David Lowery Rated PG (for action, peril and brief language) This is a really solid family film. I knew virtually nothing about Pete’s Dragon going into the film, so I can’t comment as to how faithful it is (or isn’t) to its source material, but it did seem to fit […]

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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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