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Best films of this year

I am always perplexed this time of year, when I hunker down and try to lay out the “best of” list for the year. I scour over the names of films that I watched over the past nearly 12 months, and I peek at the lists created by other critics, even … more

A tribute to Fisher and Reynolds

It is difficult to imagine losing a child, even one who is 60 years old.  Actress, singer, humanitarian and businesswoman Debbie Reynolds lived to see it, but not for long. Just one day after the death of her equally famous daughter, Carrie Fisher, … more

‘Assassin’s Creed’ tanks the big screen

Video games rule the world of entertainment, at least if we take into consideration how many hours kids and some adults spend playing them. Many parents struggle this time of year to find gifts for children who statistically participate in far fewer … more

‘Fences’ one of the best films of the year

A fine line exists between creating an outstanding film from a stage production – be it a musical or standard play. Many have accomplished it successfully – consider Chicago, Pygmalion (aka My Fair Lady), Barefoot in the Park, Casa Blanca and … more

Film related to beloved sci-fi franchise will delight audiences; special effects in particular stun

For generations, fans have flocked to theatres to see the Star Wars films played out in impressive, visually magnificent sci-fi fashion. Nothing can surpass seeing something spectacular for the very first time – the Grand Canyon, the Eiffel Tower, … more

'Rogue One' a must-see

For generations, fans have flocked to theatres to see the Star Wars films played out in impressive, visually magnificent sci-fi fashion. Nothing can surpass seeing something spectacular for the very first time – the Grand Canyon, the Eiffel Tower, … more

‘Manchester by the Sea’ delights

It could have been easy for actor Casey Affleck to fall under the shadow of his brother Ben, and for a time, it looked like he might, but in his latest film “Manchester by the Sea,” Affleck demonstrates why we should stand up and take notice. … more

‘Moana’ Oscar-worthy

Disney has done it again and this time the sun shines brightly on “Moana,” a delightful and inspiring animated feature showcasing the vocal talent of Dwayne Johnson and newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, a Hawaiian native who steals the show with her … more

‘Bleed For This’ goes the distance

Last year’s Creed managed to make boxing interesting to the masses and this year, Bleed For This, starring Miles Teller, sets its sights on doing the same. Director and screenwriter Ben Younger, tells the true story of Vinny Pazienza, the only … more

Villeneuve’s ‘Arrival’ comes late

After this bizarre election year, nothing should surprise us, not even the arrival of aliens from another planet. While communication and unity seems to be eluding us of late, Arrival, starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, plays on these premises … more

‘Inferno’ fails to ignite the imagination

Dan Brown is a pedestrian writer – there I said it. Even with the exceptionally popular “DaVinci Code,” he lumbered insipidly and laboriously through a speculative tale of covert intrigue involving Christian convention and conspiracies, after … more
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