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Movie Review: Cinderella

The animated “Cinderella” was the first movie I ever saw on Maui and one of the few classic Disney films with a female protagonist that I’ve always found universally appealing, funny and adorable. I had a stuffed “Gus-Gus The Mouse” and used to know all the lyrics to “Bibbity-Bobbity Boo.” Despite my admittedly intense affection for “Maleficent” last year ( …

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Movie Review: Chappie

There’s a portion of “Short Circuit 2” that my brother and I used to quote with glee, much to the horror of my mother. Despite the film being a harmless, PG-rated sequel about the further adventures of bug-eyed, cutie-pie robot “Johnny Five,” it contains what is, for a children’s film, a questionable subplot. While Johnny Five is on the loose …

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Movie Review: American Sniper

Films about the military and the way it operates can be quite uniform and feel awfully similar. What can make films about this subject so fascinating are the soldiers. These are the men and women underneath those uniforms, who fight the battles that most people don’t. This is why American Sniper is one of the best pictures of 2014. The …

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Movie Review: The Imitation Game

World War II movies more often than not are about the men on the frontlines and the Generals that lead them bravely into battle, fighting back the axis powers from dominating Europe and the Pacific. This is why the story of the unsung hero of World War II, Alan Turing, is so compelling. This World War II film keeps you …

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Movie Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

The thing that made me angriest about “Fifty Shades of Grey” is that, for the first 45 minutes, I kind of liked it. The opening scene is so well acted, the tone surprisingly light and its sense of humor both consistent and intentional, I thought it could work. Dakota Johnson is both a stunner and an endearing dweeb as Anastasia …

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Movie Review: The Better Angels

I was only three years old when Alfred Hitchcock died but I recall my Dad saying, regretfully, he’d never see a new film from the great director again. While I never got to see “Rear Window” or “Psycho” the first time they opened, I did grow up in an age where the term “Hitchcockian” grew as a moniker. It seemed …

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MOVIEReview: The Babadook

Growing up, I watched movies such as Hellraiser, Poltergeist, The Exorcist, and Jason and Freddy (before they became bad). These were the type of horror movies that set the standard for me. During the reign of sub-par movies, such as Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, I became convinced that there would never be another hair raising …

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DVD Review: The Zero Theorem

The constant pleasure of a new Terry Gilliam film is how he insists on giving his audience something they’ve never seen before. Most movies, you know where they’re taking you, the characters and story have a familiar quality to them and the filmmaking is a comfortable fit for easy-to-digest material. Most uninspired, forgettable movies function this way. Gilliam is not …

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Movie Review: The Book of Life

I have to be honest, “The Book of Life” wasn’t even on my radar of movies to watch. I didn’t know a thing about this movie. I’m not sure if that’s because there was very little push from the studio in promoting it, or if it was lost among other movies playing. Either way, it was a movie I virtually …

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Movie Review: Predestination

The introductory scenes of “Predestination” are intriguing but baffling. We see a character in the midst of what appears to be a heist. An accident occurs, someone catches fire and the camera avoids clearly showing us the faces of the characters present. Clearly, we’re being set up for a big reveal that will come much later. There are many more …

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