REVIEWS Category

As witnessed in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and the overlooked noir The Killer Inside Me, Casey Affleck knows how to command the screen. With Manchester by the Sea, he plays an emotionally withdrawn custodian, but even in the narrative’s most silent spaces it’s hard to [...]


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It’s episode 36 of CinemAddicts, and thankfully it’s a great week filled with must see movies - two of which star Tom Hanks! First up is Sully, director Clint Eastwood’s insightful look at the pilot and hero Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (Tom Hanks). Come awards season, Hanks should nab another Oscar nomination for his work in [...]


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On this week’s episode of CinemAddicts, Anderson Cowan and I review the Magnolia Pictures release Presenting Princess Shaw, a documentary on how New Orleans singer Samantha Montgomery (aka Princess Shaw) overcame the odds to become a YouTube sensation and a flourishing artist. Though I was a bit mixed on the movie’s execution, Montgomery’s story is [...]


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Released this week on Blu-Ray and DVD, Jane Got A Gun (R, 98 minutes) is a Western set in 1871, as mother Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) is trying to raise a family with her loyal husband Bill (Noah Emmerich).

Unfortunately Bill is saddled with an outlaw past that comes back to haunt him, as he returns [...]


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On Big Bang Theory we get to see Melissa Rauch mine comedy gold showing attitude and occasionally questionable judgment seemingly unexpected from the adorably squeaky Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz. In The Bronze, Rauch takes some of those bad girl hints and ups the nastiness as Hope, a former gymnast who’s fallen on hard times while hanging onto [...]


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On this week’s episode of CinemAddicts, we cover Triple 9, a riveting heist thriller/crime drama which features a top-notch cast (Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, and Chiwetel Ejiofor). Directed by John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless), the picture has a ton of narrative ambition and a healthy share of action scenes that should [...]


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First time director Eytan Rockaway must be a fan of Roman Polanski’s body of work (Rosemary’s Baby, The Tenant), as The Abandoned is a claustrophobic and creepy thriller which thankfully relies more on atmosphere than outright gore. Fans of Jason Patric will also get a kick out of seeing him play a middle-aged curmudgeon, but [...]


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While Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is breathing a little harder these days, the Rocky film franchise is alive and well with the introduction of Creed. Though the aged pugilist has made for an intriguing lead over the years, Creed signifies a potential passing of the baton to aspiring boxer Adonis “Hollywood” Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), [...]


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We’ve seen director Steven Spielberg use his platform as one of the most respected auteurs in Hollywood to not only create great adventures and entertainment, but also to inform, inspire and showcase moving stories about the human spirit and great character over the years. With Bridge of Spies, Spielberg is delving into history with a [...]


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Alfred Hitchcock, cinema’s premiere visualist, weaved his narratives in seductive, and oftentimes grand, cinematic fashion. These masterworks were accomplished by, in his own words, “a success of shots and bits of film in between.” Director Gareth Evans is a disciple of this methodology, and The Raid 2 is an unabashedly visceral and [...]


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