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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…

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Crimson Peak

Late into “Crimson Peak,” Guillermo Del Toro’s elaborate haunted house thriller, it occurred to me that the ghosts don’t have enough to do. In fact, they barely register and seem like the eighth or ninth most important thing in the story. This is both a compliment and everything wrong with the movie, which Del Toro…

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Steve Jobs

Nearly every movie plays like an advertisement for Apple. I’ve noticed this for years and suspect moviegoers have as well: in about 85% of all movies, there’s a scene where a character turns on their laptop and the Apple symbol is always in plain view. The cliché used to be that, when a character needed…

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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…

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Jem and the Holograms

Here’s something truly, truly, truly outrageous: the movie adaptation of the “Jem” cartoon show is not a disaster, an outrage or an embarrassment, despite what you might have read. The film had one of the worst openings of all time, was not adored by the few who saw it and Jon Chu, the film’s director,…

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Straight Outta Compton

Three years ago, I was interviewing Ice Cube when the N.W.A. movie came up. He was doing promotional rounds for 21 Jump St. and I was thrilled to be speaking with an actor and artist I’d been a fan of for most of my life. A good, open conversation ended with the inevitable question of…

Sicario
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Sicario

‘Sicario’ is the best film of 2015 … so far “Sicario” is the Spanish word for “hitman.” It’s also the title of the best movie of 2015 — so far. I’ve only seen two of director Denis Villeneuve’s films prior to “Hitman”: the criminally overlooked “Prisoners” and the severely twisted yet brilliant “Incendies.” Both times…

The Walk
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The Walk

“The Walk” must be seen on the big screen I generally hate 3D films. Only a small handful of films have done it right (“Avatar” and “Hugo”), but most just tend to irritate me with the needless gimmick and burdensome glasses. But “The Walk” is an excellent showcase of how 3D can really enhance a…

Irrational Man
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Irrational Man

Director Woody Allen will be 80 years old this year, but he’s as busy as ever. He’s just directed his 45th movie, a comedy-drama called IRRATIONAL MAN, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone. IRRATIONAL MAN is an entertaining and thought provoking film that explores a difficult moral question: How are we supposed to judge a criminal act that helps a deserving human being?…

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