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Monthly Archives: "December 2016"

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Great Martial Arts Scenes!

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of De...

Dec 30, 2016Comments off

This film was a huge flop with critics and fans alike, receiving a Rotten Tomatoes 19% critics score and a 38% fan score.  I had

5.5

Heavy-Handed and Slow!

Jackie: A Vehicle For Portman That Crashed!

Dec 25, 2016Comments off

This film covers the time interval between right before President Kennedy’s assassination until shortly after his funeral.  It starts with a journalist (Billy Crudup) interviewing

8.8

Best Picture of 2016!

La La Land: Soaring Above The Clouds!

Dec 23, 2016Comments off

Written and directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), this is a magical movie musical, a modern-day version of Fred Astaire/Ginger Rodgers classics like “Top Hat.”  It’s

7.5

Interesting Character Study!

Miss Sloane: Winning At All Costs!

Dec 23, 2016Comments off

Jessica Chastain (as Elizabeth Sloan)’s excellent performance anchors this interesting political drama.  Elizabeth Sloan is a top-tier Washington D.C. lobbyist employed by a conservative lobbyist

7.5

Rooney Mara Shines!

Lion: Fascinating True Story, But The Film ...

Dec 19, 2016Comments off

This film had “quite the buzz” at many film festivals, so I was eager to see it.  The movie is adapted from the novel “Lion,”

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The "Force" Is With It!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Sci-Fi...

Dec 18, 2016Comments off

I am a fan of the franchise, but I was beginning to wonder whether Disney could keep churning out good Star Wars movies.  The first

7.5

A Disappointment!

Moonlight: Too Dim To See!

Dec 13, 2016Comments off

Written and directed by Barry Jenkins, this film has received rave reviews (98% Fresh critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes) and numerous “Best Picture” awards.  My

8.5

Break-Out Performance by Hailee Steinfeld!

Edge Of Seventeen: A Film For All Ages!

Dec 07, 2016Comments off

Robin, Noah (coincidentally 17), and I all agree that this is a terrific movie!  I rank it right up there with the great high school

6.5

Isabelle Huppert Shines, But It's Not Enough!

Elle: Not So Swell

Dec 02, 2016Comments off

This is a French film with subtitles that received terrific reviews.  Apparently, I didn’t “get it,” and neither did Robin.  Other than the wonderful performances