Movie Reviews

Movie Review: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

“We’ll figure it out, we’ll use the Force!” “That’s not how the Force works!” Before I begin, please let me preface this review by letting you all know that when I got out of the movie, I shouted in the lobby to friends that I refused to speak to them because I didn’t want to ruin the movie for anyone passing …

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Movie Review: The Big Short

Director Adam McKay steps outside of his cinematic comfort zone and delivers one of the great, last minute movie surprises of 2015. McKay, the director of “Anchorman,” “Talladega Nights,” “Step Brothers” and (one of the funniest movies of the past ten years) “The Other Guys” has made a serio-comic adaptation of Michael Lewis’ nonfiction 2010 book, “The Big Short: Inside …

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Movie Review: Spotlight

Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Brian d’Arcy James star as the Boston Globe reporters who investigated the Catholic priest molestation scandal during the early days of the 21st century. The story of how the writers of the ‘Spotlight’ section revealed a giant cover-up that horrified the city and the world has become a well crafted, respectable but reserved …

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MFF First Light Review: Song of Lahore

At the beginning of “Song of Lahore,” we meet a group of Pakistani musicians who create classical music. We learn that their music is not fully appreciated in their country, where violence and artistic oppression has weighed heavily on their work. The musicians created Sachal Studios, a space for creating and recording their work, in Lahore, the second largest city …

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MFF First Light Review: 99 Homes

Imagine someone knocking on your door, telling you the bank now owns your home, that you are a “trespasser” and need to vacate your property right now. The person at your door has policemen with him, assures you he is within his rights and that your home ownership is no longer valid. Within minutes, carrying only a few items in …

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MFF First Light Review: I Smile Back

At first glance, Laney Brooks appears as kind of full-time mother I know well and recognize from women I’ve encountered throughout my life. She’s the kind of woman who gets up early, carefully makes each sandwich and even colors pictures on her kid’s lunch bags in crayon. She’s a delightful, plucky mom who is great with her kids and works …

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Movie Review: The Good Dinosaur

The latest Pixar animated film hit me harder than expected, though I suspect it might be just me. My wife recently gave birth to our first child, a beautiful girl who was born two months early, a “preemie.” I divulge this information because of how an early scene in “The Good Dinosaur” affected me. We see three brontosaurus eggs hatching, …

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G Money’s Movie Review: “Creed”

The “Rocky” saga, just like its main character has gone through its peaks and valleys. Our fascination with the soft hearted and naive lug with a mean right cross has captured generations. The last we encountered Rocky, he was coping with Adrian’s passing, starting a restaurant business, and celebrating his swan song in the boxing ring. In 2015, does this …

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G Money’s Movie Review: Spectre

The Bond series is the longest running film franchise in cinema history and for good reason. The films have provided the movie going audience for the last 50 years with the kind of escapism that can only be experienced through the eyes of “Her Majesty’s Secret Service” agent, James Bond. He narrowly escapes danger, always gets the girl, and brings …

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Jem and the Holograms (2015)

“Truly?” “Truly truly?” “Outrageous.” The 80s were an interesting time for cartoons. Kids would sit in front of the television every Saturday morning and be enthralled by the characters, visuals, and life lessons delivered by these animated babysitters. We all remember He-Man, G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Thundercats. What most people don’t realize though is that there were some attempts to …

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