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FILM REVIEW: Dumbo stumbles but ultimately takes flight as Tim Burton’s best film in years.

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Tim Burton crafts an interestingly subversive tale of a unique creation taken in by big business that requires outsiders to free it so it can reach its full potential away from a heavy-handed creative monopoly. When Dumbo hits theaters this

FILM REVIEW: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ is Almost a Masterpiece

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This review is broken into non-spoiler and spoiler portions.  Jordan Peele’s second film after the critical and box-office success of ‘Get Out’ is a fiendish screamer with a fair amount of imperfection. It is a total blast and seeing it with a

FILM REVIEW: Captain Marvel aims to lay heavy foundation for next phase of Marvel Cinematic Universe at the expense of a compelling origin tale.

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If there’s a lesson to be learned from the now 20 plus films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, its that the films which succeed the most as standalone films are those with a compelling cast of characters that actually feel

FILM REVIEW: The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot is a Melancholy Examination of what makes a man versus a myth

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When I was a kid growing up, folk tales were something that you’d hear about growing up, especially those about folk heroes like Paul Bunyan or John Henry. These were characters that were larger than life myths who raged against

FILM REVIEW: FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY wrestles with heart and determination in finding how far you’ll fight for your dream

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There’s a certain love affair that filmmakers have with the concept of pro-wrestling; this passion play of competition that shares much in common with the catharsis of Greek theater by way of the unending battles of principle found in a

FILM REVIEW: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a rare sequel that improves on its original

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If you would’ve told me back in 2014 that one of the year’s best films would be a licensed animated cartoon based on LEGO construction block toys of most people’s youth, it would’ve been a hard sell. Licensed animated films

FILM REVIEW: VELVET BUZZSAW aims for style over substance in would-be art world satire meets horror mash-up

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There’s no question that writer/director Dan Gilroy has a gift for building suspense and crafting compelling characters. 2014’s Nightcrawler, a tale of a would-be camera-man selling videos of car crashes and mayhem to a struggling local news team, blurred the