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Friday, 23 September 2016 10:03

'The Magnificent Seven' worth a shot

Written by Allen Adams

Western remake features engaging action, talented ensemble

The cinematic Western has been making a bit of a comeback in recent years. There have been some critically-lauded offerings - last year's Best Picture-nominated 'The Revenant,' for example, or this year's celebrated 'Hell or High Water' that have helped the genre regain some of its once-massive cachet.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 10:20

Into the woods again - 'Blair Witch'

Written by Allen Adams

Sequel fails to capture groundbreaking spirit of original

Whether you loved it or hated it, there's no denying that 1999's 'The Blair Witch Project' proved to be a groundbreaking film. The microbudget found-footage horror thriller was a game changer not just in stylistic terms, but in marketing terms as well. It offered a new path to making movies and to selling them.

Friday, 16 September 2016 17:34

The eyes have it - 'Snowden'

Written by Allen Adams

Film fails to capitalize on compelling story, excellent performances

The ability to tackle controversial figures and/or subjects is one of the greatest powers the cinema possesses. Filmmakers can use their art to tell stories that they feel need telling in the manner in which they feel those stories need to be told.

Friday, 16 September 2016 09:43

'Bridget Jones's Baby' frothy and fun

Written by Allen Adams

Belated sequel offers plenty of laughter and love

Despite being someone who watches movies as part of my living, the reality is that there are some gaps in my experience. There are movies out there popular ones that I, for whatever reason, have simply never gotten around to seeing.

Saturday, 10 September 2016 14:41

'Sully' makes a splash

Written by Allen Adams

Film recounts 'Miracle on the Hudson'

Most of the time, filmmakers have to work fairly hard to bring forth the drama when it comes to movies based on real people and real events. 'Based on a true story' tends to lean harder on 'based' than 'true.'

Friday, 09 September 2016 14:53

'The Disappointments Room' accurately titled

Written by Allen Adams

Dull, derivative horror movie fails on every possible level

2016 has been a strong year for the horror genre. While many of the blockbuster releases have fallen short of expectations, studios have seen a fair degree of success both critically and commercially with smaller-scale horror movies. There have been a lot of good ones.

Sunday, 04 September 2016 17:23

'The Light Between Oceans' shines

Written by Allen Adams

Historical romance tugs hard at the heartstrings

Having our heartstrings tugged is one of the reasons that we go to the movies. Finding those moments of emotional connection can be a huge part of the cinematic experience. However, if a film goes to that well too often if it tries too hard to get us to feel it can come off as a little disingenuous and/or manipulative.

Friday, 02 September 2016 16:14

Girl, disrupted - 'Morgan'

Written by Allen Adams

Sci-fi thriller fails to expound uponintriguing concept

For decades, the concept of artificial intelligence gone awry has been a mainstay of science fiction. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the exponential advancement of technology has led to even more explorations of this idea that man can create an intellect that matches and ultimately surpasses its maker.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 09:13

House of horrors - 'Don't Breathe'

Written by Allen Adams

Horror film subverts home invasion genre tropes

By many measures, the summer of 2016 has been a bit of a disappointment in cinematic terms. There were a number of high-profile flops and even the films that did well didn't do quite as well as many had predicted, whether we're talking commercially, critically or both.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 09:11

If it ain't broke - 'Mechanic: Resurrection'

Written by Allen Adams

Action sequel offers thin narrative and ludicrous violence

In a lot of ways, Jason Statham is a bit of a throwback.

 

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