Romance

Stefano Formaggio (2014) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Stefano Formaggio (2014)

Cheese. Beloved by Wallace and Gromit; source of comedic consternation for George Clooney in “Burn After Reading;” key ingredient for Remy in “Ratatouille.” Hardly the most disturbing food to be portrayed on screen. Nonetheless, writer-director Darren Darnborough succeeds in making his short film about cheese sinister and sexy in equal measure, as well as exquisitely…

The Longest Ride (2015) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: The Longest Ride (2015)

Nicholas Sparks, who has probably put more words to paper than William Shakespeare (although none as memorable) has graced us with his yearly obligatory salute to misogyny, perfect abs and beautiful white people with problems we WISH we could have in his latest tearjerker, The Longest Ride. Sparks, the creator of such books/films as “The…

Insurgent (2015) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Insurgent (2015)

As a recap to bring readers up to speed: As “Divergent” came to a close, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley, “The Spectacular Now”) and her friends were embroiled in a violent battle as the once-balanced faction system came crashing down around them. Caught up in a simulation ordered by Erudite leader Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet, “Carnage”),…

Focus (2015) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Focus (2015)

When distilled down to its basest elements, con drama Focus is a light and airy attempt to hearken back to the days of movie star vehicles that require nothing more than mega movie star wattage and a smooth smile to keep their exploits afloat. Even when viewed at surface level, there’s nothing more to the…

Cinderella (2015) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Cinderella (2015)

In case you didn’t know it — Kenneth Branagh is a director who really grasps the magic of the screen. Whether it’s through Shakespearean adaptations like “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Hamlet,” or one of the larger tent-poles like “Thor” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” viewers can be sure of one thing: They’re in for…

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

In my opinion, both the book and the movie versions of “Fifty Shades of Grey” (originally “Master of the Universe,” a “Twilight” fan fiction penned by Snowqueens Icedragon, who has since adopted the pen name E.L. James) have generated far more attention, money, and drama than they’re worth. While I have not read the book,…

Bird People (2014) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Bird People (2014)

In a letter to Lou Andreas-Salome, the German Poet Rilke wrote, “The bird is a creature that has a very special feeling of trust in the external world, as if she knew that she is one with its deepest mystery.” Using magic realism together with impressive camera work and CGI effects, Bird People reflects that…

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