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Movie Review: The Fate of the Furious

Starring: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron and Kurt Russell Directed by: F. Gary Gray Running time: 136 minutes Rating: PG-13 Year of release: 2017   In my review of the last Fast and the Furious movie, I opined that the franchise had little left to do but pop Vin Diesel …

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Movies for the Resistance: Escape from New York

(Welcome to Movies for the Resistance, a weekly column intended to showcase films with particular pertinence for 2017. One of the fundamental purposes of art in general, and movies in particular, is to serve as a spiritual armory: bringing hope, timely lessons and shared experiences when times are dark. They can move us to positive political action, lend insight to …

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Movie Review: Mifune — The Last Samurai

Review by Rob Vaux Featuring: Toshiro Mifune, Haruo Nakajima, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg Directed by: Steven Okazaki Running time: 80 minutes Year of release: 2015 Anyone familiar with cinema knows Toshiro Mifune, star of almost 200 films who helped introduce the world to Japanese cinema. His onscreen persona is irresistible: often playing energized, rebellious figures in worlds where conformity abounded, and almost daring the camera …

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Blu-ray Review: Hell or High Water

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Ben Foster, Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, and Gil Brimingham Directed by: David Mackenzie Running time: 102 minutes Year of release: 2016 “Now what I know about is Texas. And down here, you’re on your own…” — M. Emmet Walsh, Blood Simple   There’s just something about Texas that lends itself to dark meditations and expressions of rebellion: the …

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Movie Review: Jack Reacher — Never Go Back

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh and Patrick Heusinger Directed by: Edward Zwick Running time: 118 minutes Year of release: 2016 You certainly can’t fault Jack Reacher: Never Go Back for a lack of confidence. It’s one of those not-quite-as-good sequels that no one really asked for, a follow-up to the Tom Cruise actioner from …

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Movie Review: Bridget Jones’s Baby

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Sarah Solemani, Sally Phillips, Shirley Henderson, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones and Emma Thompson Directed by: Sharon MaGuire Running time: 122 Minutes Year of release: 2016 Hollywood has always thrived as a purveyor of comfort food, and comfort food can come in a surprising number of flavors. So the prospect of a …

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Suicide Squad Review

Over on the Sci-Fi Movie Page, our review of Suicide Squad has gone live. You can see it here: http://www.scifimoviepage.com/suicide-squad-movie-review/ And, of course, we will be adding our voice to Rotten Tomatoes after dining on the latest round of man-baby tears for trashing the latest precious little angle that they haven’t actually seen.      

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Movie Review: The Phenom

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Johnny Simmons, Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti, Alison Elliot, and Yul Vazquez Written and Directed by Noal Buschel Running time: 88 Minutes Year of release: 2016 Most sports movies look for meaning in the sport itself. The smart ones examine the men and women who play them, and what drives them to compete the way they do. The Phenom …

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Finding Dory Movie Review (Sci-Fi Movie Page)

Our review of Finding Dory has gone live over at the Sci-Fi Movie Page! You can check it out by following the link below: http://www.scifimoviepage.com/finding-dory-movie-review/