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Lights Out

Lights Out 

* * 1/2 The modestly creepy Lights Out is a sometimes-effective horror picture with two things going for it—the introduction of an intriguing movie villain and a terrific performance from Mario Bello as a distraught widow being manipulated by a vengeful entity.  In a movie all about one thing—our fear of the dark—director David Sandberg […]

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie 

* * * Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, is sheer lunacy and exactly what fans of the early 90s BBC series are looking for in a movie update—creator and star Jennifer Saunders and co-star Joanna Lumley returning to their boozy, cynical, iconic glory. And that’s about it. It is a movie comedy anomaly, not simply because […]

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Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond 

* * 1/2 The new Star Trek picture not so boldly goes where the franchise has gone, several times, before. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because director Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond is one great looking movie that manages to be sometimes fun, even as star Simon Pegg and Doug Jung’s screenplay stays […]

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Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters 

* * * Arriving sight unseen on a wave of very bad will courtesy of fanboy trolls all riled up after a lackluster trailer earlier this summer, Paul Feig’s very clever Ghostbusters reboot should shut them down and satisfy anyone looking for a fluffy piece of summer escape with a lot of laughs, a healthy […]

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Captain Fantastic

Captain Fantastic 

* * * 1/2 Captain Fantastic, one of the year’s best movies, is also one of its most affecting. Written and directed by Matt Ross, Viggo Mortensen stars as the patriarch of a counterculture family living “off the grid” in the Pacific Northwest.  In telling a story about their isolated family dynamic amidst tall pine […]

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The Purge: Election Year

The Purge: Election Year 

* * * 1/2 A welcome surprise, The Purge: Election Year is a smart horror film informed by a sociopolitical context that gives it unexpected relevance. The third in the near-future series about the maintenance of social order via an annual, government-sanctioned crime spree, the new film strives—and largely succeeds—to present a recognizable class warfare […]

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The Legend of Tarzan

The Legend of Tarzan 

* * The only truly exciting thing in Peter Yates’ The Legend of Tarzan is the sight of Alexander Skarsgard showing off his buff physique. Regardless of the viewer’s orientation, the impossibly good looking star’s clothing-challenged torso goes a long way in this stolidly square and uninvolving movie. But not quite far enough.  The Legend […]

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Swiss Army Man

Swiss Army Man 

* * * 1/2 One of the most audacious movies in years, Swiss Army Man is many things—whimsical flight of fancy, poignant buddy movie, ingenious survival tale and very probably dexterous work of movie art. It is also a picture that will sharply divide audiences in its patent absurdity, which approaches, by the film’s conclusion, […]

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople 

* * * A sweet delight from New Zealand, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, from writer-director Taika Waititi, is an endearing coming of age movie about a non-traditional relationship that creates a new definition of trust and family. Nice message, nice picture and a pair of lovely performances. Troubled, thirteen-year-old orphan Ricky Baker (whip smart Julian […]

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The Neon Demon

The Neon Demon 

* * * 1/2 Cheap thrills dressed up as very high art, Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon is the year’s most outrageously entertaining movie, a stylish exercise in depravity from which you cannot pull yourself away for a spellbinding two hours. It’s pure cinema about a soiled milieu, the seedy world of Los Angeles […]

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