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Movie Review: Arrival (2016)

From its opening shot of a house both sleek and warm to its transcendent finale, Arrival arrests attention with a grasp that is firm yet ephemeral. It is a sublime and profound experience, touching its audience on an emotional, intellectual and spiritual level, a film that declares both its originality and its ancestry. And what…

Movie Review: Star Trek Beyond (2016)

The third part of the “Star Trek” series reboot, Star Trek Beyond, does not reach the heights of other film franchises such as “Harry Potter,” “The Dark Knight” or “The Hunger Games,” but it is certainly better than the second installment, “Star Trek Into Darkness,” so thank goodness for small victories . . . Directed…

Movie Review: Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

In a world in which sequels appear decades after the original film (such as “Bambi II,” “Fantasia 2000,” “The Wicker Tree,” “Easy Rider: The Ride Back,” “TRON: Legacy,” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” among others), let’s just say the results are, well, not very good. People usually do not want to wait that long…

Movie Review: The 5th Wave (2016)

“I miss the Cassie I was. I wonder what that Cassie would think of me now — the Cassie who kills.” The introductory voiceover for The 5th Wave is certainly not typical of your run-of-the-mill PG-13 fare, but unfortunately, that’s where the non-similarities end. The first act of the film introduces Cassie Sullivan (Chloë Grace…

Movie Trailer: Star Trek Beyond (2016)

If by chance you thought the Star Trek series, after “Star Trek Into Darkness,” was going to switch gears and focus less on explosive action sequences and more on the spirit of discovery, don’t watch this first teaser trailer for Star Trek Beyond. Paramount Pictures has doubled down on the action instead, going so far…

Movie Review: Pixels (2015)

Critics (and others I suppose) have been gunning for this film, Pixels, long before it hit the big screen and not without good reason. First of all, anything with the name “Adam Sandler” attached to it pretty much means movie disaster. Recent examples include “Just Go With It,” “Bedtime Stories,” “Jack and Jill” and the…

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