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Kong: Skull Island

Every version of the King Kong story is essentially the same but each has a different idea driving its story. The original, 1933, black and white King Kong is one of the greatest movies ever made, the prototype for every subsequent special effects-driven blockbuster and visible proof that a man-made movie monster can be endearing…

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Logan

Hugh Jackman’s career has been defined by his role as “Wolverine”. He’s played the character for over 17 years and with the release of “Logan” is performing his swan song for the role. Fox’s “X-Men” franchise has always been a source of controversy and ridicule from fans of the source material, but “Logan” is set…

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Get Out

During the concluding season of the great “Key and Peele” comedy sketch series, the skits had become increasingly darker. It seemed that the creators, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, didn’t wish to merely parody horror films but create mini-horror films on their show, with certain sketches unspooling in skin crawling fashion. I was worried that…

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John Wick: Chapter Two

In the fall of 2014, Keanu Reeves starred in an action film and played a character that would further define his acting career. “John Wick” was and still is a unique and utterly entertaining action extravaganza that built an underworld of hitmen that was enthralling and mesmerizing to watch. The character of John Wick is…

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The Great Wall

The first movie I ever reviewed was “Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold,” a bad Indiana Jones rip-off that starred Richard Chamberlin and Sharon Stone (poor substitutes for Harrison Ford and Karen Allen). I was ten years old at the time and loved the movie, despite its abundant cheesiness, horrible plotting, horrible acting…basically,…

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Fifty Shades Darker

Where to begin? Following the sordid events of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Anastasia Steele (played by Dakota Johnson) is now single and working at a Seattle publishing house. Her ex, the self-proclaimed “sadist” Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) is still at large, sending her unwanted bouquets and expressing his interest. Rather than move to another city,…

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Rings

The opening scene of “Rings” takes place on an airplane, as a young man is gripping his arm rest during a turbulent flight. An attractive young woman sitting next to him tells him not to worry. Instead of thanking her, he suddenly asks her if she’s seen a movie so horrible, “it will kill you…

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Silence

For decades, there were two passion projects Martin Scorsese had been aching to make. His long discussed, bucket list films had been “Gangs of New York,” which he made in 2002, and finally, “Silence.” Harrowing, intelligent and rewarding overall, Scorsese’s “Silence” is a tough sit but unquestionably one of the filmmaker’s greatest films. In the…

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Gold

Based on the 1990’s Bre-X mining scandal, “Gold” stars Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Mills, a boisterous but sloppy businessman. Mills bets everything he has on an Indonesian expedition, which he hopes will secure the site for a gold mine. With the help of a no-nonsense partner (a perfect Edgar Ramirez), Mills presses on, even as…

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Split

The introductory scenes of “Split,” the latest creeper feature from M. Night Shyamalan, are straight out of a nightmare. Imagine you, your best friend and the weird girl (played by Anya Taylor-Joy) from your class have been abducted in broad daylight. You’re being kept prisoner for reasons that aren’t initially made clear and your captor,…

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