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‘Last Jedi’ and looking ahead to awards

December 27, 2017 By Tony Rutherford Mixing iconic past moments, continuing adventures with old favorites (Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, R2D2, Chewbacca, C3P0) and further exploration of personalities introduced in... more »»

Rounding out the box office: Good, bad and mediocre

November 29, 2017 When the curtain falls on 2017, two observations appear certain: First, six out of the top 10 popular films will be superhero related (submission deadline was late November, so expert projections ar... more »»

What is human? A Blade Runner analysis

October 25, 2017 Has everyone now seen “Blade Runner 2049”? Since the studio enforced moratorium on specific characters and plot details has now passed, let’s get analytic. more »»

Reviews: Creepy clowning and futuristic sci-fi

September 27, 2017 IT Lucifer’s green goo has fallen to number two. A serial killer clown claimed the #1 position as top earning U.S. horror motion picture. more »»

Horror movie season in full swing in Sept.

August 30, 2017 As football season replaces special effect/CGI bursting “tentpole” season, Hollywood turns to its aisle packing, auditorium screaming horror/thriller genre to woo viewers until superheroes (and... more »»

Fall movie preview and reviews

July 27, 2017 Fall offerings have a juggling mixture of animation, horror, science-fiction, and crime thrillers. Many have prior roots. Comedy appears lacking. more »»

‘Rough Night’ tries to bridge gender gap

June 28, 2017 When four women reunite after 10 years, a popping champagne bottle at an airport signifies hints of uncouth, bawdy, high times forthcoming. more »»

Spurlock tackles C8 health crisis

June 28, 2017 New York, NY — Two forces in the documentary film world – Oscar® nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”) and award-winning director Stephanie Soechtig (“Fed Up”) – have teamed up on an... more »»

Summer cinema has a little bit of everything

May 31, 2017 The Cinematic Summer of 2017 has started. Studios have long ago added the first week of May as the kick-off. more »»

New take on Disney classic raises eyebrows - sort of

March 28, 2017 The concept for “Beauty and the Beast” has been made and reworked in movies, on the small screen, and on stages across the country, where memorable lyrics and choreography from Disney’s 1991 animate... more »»

Looking ahead at as awards season kicks off

December 28, 2016 Multiplexes will continue to bask in the popularity of “Rogue Wars: A Star Wars Story” during January. The spin-off debuted in mid-December. more »»

Parables and politics on the big screen

November 30, 2016 Art imitates life and vice versa, but the mudslinging tactics, spouting ‘white power’ at the expense of minorities, and personal vendettas thrust into the election of the newest President of the... more »»

Holiday movie options run the gamut

October 26, 2016 When the holiday season unfurls, Hollywood readies its most awesome, most dramatic and funniest films for big screen debu. more »»

Who’s watching you? A ‘Snowden’ review

October 6, 2016 Hero? Traitor? Perhaps, both? In “Snowden,” cyber manipulation explodes with the equivalent of a nuclear device for which the security-balancing-freedom pendulum implodes in a world where data... more »»

Take a trip back in time with Flashback

August 31, 2016 Once upon a time a young director named George Lucas made a film that chronicled Sixties youth through its cruisin’’ and race car culture and Rock Around the Clock soundtrack that included music... more »»

September’s big screen offerings full of drama

August 31, 2016 By Tony Rutherford Spring and summer have been super-ific and pet-tastic. On one hand, a cluster of superhero (“Batman v. more »»

A peek at the upcoming ‘Suicide Squad’

August 1, 2016 The Marvel Universe’s offbeat, edgy, rag tag “Guardians of the Galaxy” shook the stratosphere on August 1, 2014. more »»

Women kick butt in ‘Ghostbusters’ revamp

August 1, 2016 OK, let’s answer the signature question first: Is the new “Ghostbusters” as funny as the 1984 original directed by Ivan Reitman that had Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver... more »»

Review: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ a sci-fi thrill ride

August 1, 2016 Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise.... more »»

Review: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

June 29, 2016 Duck, cover and hold your head would do little good against a 3,000-mile mothership of space invaders back for a knock out punch on Earth. more »»



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