Articles by Barry Wurst II


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Murder on the Orient Express

In this lavish remake of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery, “Murder on the Orient Express,” a long train ride through the snowy wilderness in 1934 is interrupted by a murder. An all-star cast embodies a handful of colorful characters, all of whom become suspects. Unfortunately for the killer at large, one of the passengers is Hercule…

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Jane

There are names that automatically bring to mind a lifetime of research and empathy towards simians. Dian Fossey’s extensive time with mountain gorillas, Birute Galdikus’ study of orangutans, and Jane Goodall’s experiencing chimpanzees in their natural habitats shaped our understanding of these fascinating hominids. All three were assigned to their research by Dr. Louis Leakey,…

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A Bad Moms Christmas

A year later, we learn that the Bad Moms, played by Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn, are all the product of bad parenting. As if that wasn’t already obvious, we get a movie where their overbearing mothers (skillfully played to the hilt by Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines and Christine Baranski) taunt their daughters…

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Suburbicon

At the start of “Suburbicon,” the 1957-set drama directed by George Clooney, a horrible crime is committed in a vast suburb. Without giving too much away, a woman is murdered in front of her family, a child witnesses the horrifying crime and a visit to the police station only unveils another level of wrongdoings. While…

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Happy Death Day

Jessica Rothe stars as Tree Gelbman, an obnoxious college student and sorority member who makes a daily habit of being as rotten as possible to everyone she crosses paths with. One night, she’s murdered by a masked assailant…only to wake up the next day, and find the exact thing keeps happening, over and over again….

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Blade Runner 2049

My college philosophy professor began his first class by asking his students how we knew we weren’t just heads floating in a jar. We all chimed in, “Of course we’re not heads in a jar! We’re alive, we have memories, all sorts of physical proof and, c’mon, that’s just stupid!” My professor calmly retorted, “Can…

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American Made

The ability to board your own aircraft, operate it with the ease of an automobile and go wherever you want, whenever you want and over vast fields and towns below, is just so cool. It’s one thing to be a passenger who enjoys looking out the window and actually enjoys air travel (especially now, when…

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is a special kind of terrible, the sort of bad movie you watch with your jaw agape as your brain melts out of your ears. If that sounds painful, just try sitting through this 141-minute endurance test. Taron Egerton returns as Eggsy, the streetwise teen-turned-super-spy who works for Kingsman,…

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Mother!

In Darren Aronofsky’s ferocious but fatally chaotic “Mother!,” Jennifer Lawrence stars as the young wife of a would-be author (played by Javier Bardem) experiencing writer’s block. The arrival of unannounced guests (played by Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) intrudes upon the quiet of the couple’s country home, which they’re in the process of renovating. A…

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