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Movie Review – “Only the Brave”

On the surface “Only the Brave” may resemble a number of other dramatized true stories.  Too often these movies end up homogenized and dull.  But that’s not the case with “Only the Brave”, a film that stands tall near the top of its genre. On June 30th, 2013, a group of 19 firefighters known as [...]

By |October 20th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Blade Runner 2049”

Over the past few years, we’ve suffered through a swash of uninspired sequels being made decades too late.  Studios fish for our time and money with nostalgia garnished hooks.  Occasionally, the regurgitation offered up wasn’t entirely bad, but it’s difficult to recall any that verged on perfection. When a follow-up to the sci-fi classic “Blade [...]

By |October 6th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “American Made”

Following Andrew Jackson’s election in 1828, New York Senator William L. Marcy uttered the phrase, “To the victor belongs the spoils.” While the meaning behind Marcy’s phrase is straightforward, it can also be applied to Doug Liman’s engrossing American Made, a triptych around South America. The Reagan Administration’s involvement in the Iran-Contra affair in the [...]

By |September 28th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

Matthew Vaughn has only directed 6 features, 4 of which he also wrote the screenplay for.  Prior to “The Golden Circle”, each of these had their own freshness to them, something unique that he brought to the screen.  “The Golden Circle” marks the first time he’s written and directed a sequel to his own work, [...]

By |September 22nd, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

7 Things I Loved About “The Lego Ninjago Movie” (and 2 I didn’t)

We have yet again found ourselves in the fortunate situation of having another Lego movie being released in theaters this weekend. I've said this before and I'm certain I'll say it again, but every time I hear about one of these movies I assume they are going to basically be 2 hour long commercials.  And [...]

By |September 20th, 2017|Movie Reviews|1 Comment

Experimental films find a home in Jerome

The 5th annual Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival wrapped up another successful weekend of independent film, indie music, art and trains. Returning to the hills of Jerome Arizona, the festival recaptured the magic of its very first incarnation from years ago. Returning for my fifth straight year at the festival, I took a different [...]

By |September 17th, 2017|Independent Film, Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “mother!”

“mother!” is a cinematic paradox.  After days of reflection, I’ve conceded that it resides equally on two planes of existence.  It is clever, complex, and a biting satire, yet also simple minded, heavy handed and unnecessary.  Its paradox extends into our critiquing as we were repeatedly asked not to spoil any plot points.  While we [...]

By |September 15th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “IT” (2017)

Movies inspired by Stephen King’s fiction are more apt to be called “adaptations” than most other based-on-a-bestseller works.  Love ‘em or hate ‘em it’s generally agreed that King’s books contain elements that can’t be accurately conveyed on film or shouldn’t be attempted.  2017 has brought us two such extremes in King-Flicks.  “The Dark Tower” approached [...]

By |September 8th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”

Buddy-Cop movies have a long history in Cinema, one that is easily divided between painful duds and memorable favorites.  But “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” doesn’t neatly fall into either of these categories. Instead, it’s a smorgasbord of various story threads that never quite weaves together a cohesive film.  It has the aura of one of those [...]

By |August 18th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature”

It’s been a few years since we last caught up with Surly, Andie and the rest of the gang.  In that time, they have made a life for themselves....in the condemned peanut shop from the first film.  Living high off the hog, they have stayed under the radar, Surly has become the respected leader and [...]

By |August 14th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments