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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 10:20

Into the woods again - 'Blair Witch'

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.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 10:09

Previewing 2016's fall films

A look ahead at some autumn offerings

The summer blockbuster season has come and gone; 2016 proved to be a bit of a disappointment to many, though the season saw its share of successful films.

Published in Cover Story
Friday, 16 September 2016 17:34

The eyes have it - 'Snowden'

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.

Published in Movies
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
Saturday, 10 September 2016 14:41

'Sully' makes a splash

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.'

Published in Movies
Friday, 09 September 2016 14:53

'The Disappointments Room' accurately titled

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.

Published in Movies
Sunday, 04 September 2016 17:23

'The Light Between Oceans' shines

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.

Published in Movies
Friday, 02 September 2016 16:14

Girl, disrupted - 'Morgan'

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.

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, 31 August 2016 09:11

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

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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