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We’ve arrived at the end of another year, a year of films good, bad and in-between.

That means it’s time for a look back at what 2017 has wrought in terms of cinema. These lists – both best and worst – are accurate as of press time, though there are some highly-regarded movies that I simply haven’t yet had a chance to see. I imagine that films like “The Shape of Water,” “The Post,” “The Florida Project,” “The Disaster Artist” and “Call Me By Your Name” – just to name a few – would likely compete for spots on this list.

(Note: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” probably warrants inclusion here, but I figure the massive review elsewhere in this week’s edition will serve to make clear my big feelings about that particular offering.)

And again – there’s no denying the subjectivity of lists such as these. In truth, things could break very differently depending on my mood when asked. Still, to my mind these are good, representative lists of movies that you should either a) see as soon as possible, or b) avoid at all costs.

Published in Cover Story
Sunday, 03 September 2017 11:15

Dim bulb - ‘Tulip Fever’

Historical drama tonally jarring, nonsensically plotted

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 10:23

Mis-Taken - ‘Kidnap’

Berry bomb bland, befuddling and boring

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 13:26

The best (and worst) at the movies

Looking at the cinematic year in advance of awards season

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 11:56

'Hacksaw Ridge' an extraordinary true story

Film tells unbelievable tale of one WWII Medal of Honor winner

Published in Buzz
Friday, 16 September 2016 09:43

'Bridget Jones's Baby' frothy and fun

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.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 09:13

House of horrors - 'Don't Breathe'

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.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:44

'The Secret Life of Pets' is doggone good

Animated family film has plenty of humor, heart

Sometimes, a movie comes along that you just know you're going to like. Maybe it's the filmmaker or the subject matter. Maybe it's just the trailer. Whatever the reason, you are absolutely certain that you are going to enjoy the film.

Published in Movies

Decades-later sci-fi sequel lacks original's spark, spirit

'Independence Day' was one of the first summer blockbusters that really captured my imagination while it was in the theaters. I saw the film a handful of times on the big screen in 1996 and was thrilled by every screening. In subsequent years, I grew more and more aware of just how big and dumb a movie it was, but I never stopped loving it.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 12:00

Now you don't Now You See Me 2'

Likeable, talented cast can't quite save magical misfire

The summer of 2016 has already seen a number of unnecessary sequels. Due to unanticipated degrees of box office success, certain movies have been tapped to receive sequels despite having already told their story to a more or less satisfactory conclusion. These non-franchise sequels almost always turn out to be disappointments.

Published in Movies
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