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  • Three wise guys – ‘The Night Before’
    Three wise guys – ‘The Night Before’

    Holiday comedy balances humor, sentiment

    Let’s just get this out of the way right off the top: I love holiday movies. “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “A Christmas Story,” “Scrooged,” “Home Alone,” “Die Hard,” you name it – they’re all a vital part of my personal Yuletide experience.

  • ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’
    ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’

    Final installment gives franchise an apt send-off

    And we’ve reached the end – “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2” is here. The fourth film has arrived to bring the wildly successful series to a satisfying close.

  • ‘The 33’ digs deep
    ‘The 33’ digs deep

    Tale of real-life disaster harrowing, inspirational

    Making a film based on real events often proves tricky for Hollywood. While a story might have sufficient dramatic elements to receive the cinematic treatment, the temptation to tweak the narrative for bigger, broader narrative impact is a temptation that can end up difficult to resist.

  • Home for the holidays – ‘Love the Coopers’
    Home for the holidays – ‘Love the Coopers’

    Talented ensemble helps transcend formulaic script

    Anyone who watches a lot of movies understands that sometimes, their personal feelings regarding a specific film might be significantly different from the consensus. Perhaps you think a universally-lauded movie is overrated. Maybe you’re of the mind that a critically-skewered offering is better than most believe it to be. Regardless, there are always going to be times when you dislike a “good” movie and really dig a “bad” one.

  • Ghosts of the past – ‘Spectre’
    Ghosts of the past – ‘Spectre’

    Latest Bond film a flawed but engaging experience

    The cinematic landscape has been increasingly dominated with ongoing franchises in recent years; it seems that everywhere you look, there’s another co-opted creative property being turned into a multi-movie moneymaker. Like it or not, that’s the nature of the business these days.

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