Aug. 25, 2016
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Kubo and the Two Strings Review: All You Need is Love

Laika achieves its best film yet

Yay Animation powerhouse Laika, which previously brought us Coraline and ParaNorman, is out to blow our minds all over again with Kubo and the Two Strings, a fable heavily influenced by Japanese mythology and one of the finest films of the year.
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Aug. 24, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Pete’s Dragon Review: Hugs For Everyone

Disney shows kids respect, but tries a little too hard to tug on our heartstrings

Ok Keeping up with the endless onslaught of remakes, reboots, re-imaginings and so forth is Pete’s Dragon, the newest pile of heartwarming dreck from the fine folks at Disney.
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Aug. 17, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Microbe and Gasoline Review

Yay This premise of this movie just isn’t breathtaking. Two boys in France build a car and take a journey. Yawn. Wake us when they get there. ... More

Aug. 10, 2016 by Julie Ann Grimm

Suicide Squad Review: Comically Bad

DC continues to struggle when it comes to handling the world of film

Meh Despite the utter nonsense that was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and reportedly frantic last-minute reshoots, fan hopes for Suicide Squad, the newest effort from the DC Comics expanded universe, remained high. It looked soooo cool, right? Right. ... More

Aug. 10, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Jason Bourne Review: Stillbourne

A needless return to the Bourne series

Meh Hard to believe it’s been 14 years since The Bourne Identity rolled into theaters and completely changed Matt Damon’s persona from “ho-hum” to “oh damn!”
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Aug. 02, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Star Trek Beyond Review: Space Sadness

A thoroughly disappointing enterprise

Meh Space: the final frontier. An infinite vacuum of darkness wherein a film series can come out strong and full of promise but then eventually devolves into a by-the-numbers affair that repeatedly follows the same plotlines apparently forever and ever. ... More

July 27, 2016 by Alex De Vore

'De Palma' Review

Ok We’re not sure whether it’s the questions from behind the camera or deft editing that leaves one liking the guy. ... More

Aug. 03, 2016 by Julie Ann Grimm

Ghostbusters Review

So good it's almost scary

Yay The reboot from Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids) and Parks and Recreation writer Kate Dippold is actually everything you want and more, so, like good scientists, let’s examine the facts here. ... More

July 18, 2016 by Alex De Vore

The Infiltrator Review

Ok In the 1980s, cocaine was king, and South American drug lords were making just crazy bonkers money by exporting their product into America through various port cities like Miami.
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July 20, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Tickled Review: Global Tickling Phenomenon

Yay What first seemed a quirky TV story for New Zealand pop culture journalist David Farrier quickly took a turn into the control fetish of a well-heeled (and perhaps even dangerous) recluse. ... More

July 13, 2016 by Julie Ann Grimm

The Secret Life of Pets Review

Barf One begins to wonder how many “this is what the toys/pets/cars/planes/appliances do when you aren’t watching” films we’re expected to suffer through at this point, and The Secret Life of Pets isn’t helping.
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July 13, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Swiss Army Man Review

Ok Film newcomers Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert are collectively known as “Daniels” for some reason, and the pair has come out swingin’ with Swiss Army Man, an indie-ish film about what it is to be alive.
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July 06, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Last Cab to Darwin Review

Ok Last Cab to Darwin With a few notable exceptions, our modern culture does a piss-poor job of confronting mortality. We’re bad at dealing with our own impending death, and we’re worse when the death of a loved one is looming.
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June 29, 2016 by Julie Ann Grimm

'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' Review

Yay Endless billows of chiffon, surreal lighting and flexible bamboo stilts—no, it’s not Cirque du Soleil, it’s acclaimed director Julie Taymor’s (The Tempest) interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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June 22, 2016 by Rose Antonelli-Fatton

Free State of Jones Review: Civil Bore

Meh There’s just something about war movies that draw us in as audiences. Oh sure, there’s the history and the shaping of nations and all that, but there’s also much to be said for the stark realism of a well-done battle scene.
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June 29, 2016 by Alex De Vore
 

Morning Word: Governor Opposes Tax Increases

Morning Word Gov. Susana Martinez prefers deep spending cuts. ... More

Aug. 23, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr

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