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  • Only the Brave

    Only the Brave

    ★★★★★

    For as much as people like to treat Sony Pictures as the laughing stock of the film industry, they've actually had a pretty good year in 2017. Baby Driver and Spider-Man Homecoming were two of the biggest hits of the summer, and this month critics are raving about Blade Runner 2049 (a co-production with Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment). Tonight's feature was something quite powerful, based on a true story. Through hope, determination, sacrifice and the drive to protect families…

  • Happy Death Day

    Happy Death Day

    ★★★

    Happy Death Day was exactly what I imagined it would be, with a few surprises here and there. My expectations were kept right in the middle, given the creative team behind this film. Director Christopher B. Landon is a veteran of the genre, having worked with Jason Blum a number of times through the Paranormal Activity franchise. I only learned recently, however, that comic book writer Scott Lobdell penned the screenplay. I have to admit, he did a pretty decent…

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  • The Gift

    The Gift

    ★★★★★

    Question: what attracts actors to the idea of directing? My theory is that they spend so much time in front of the camera that they start to develop a good sense of how to bring out the best performances in other actors! It's what makes movies directed by Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood and Ben Affleck so great, and hopefully the same can be said about the upcoming directing career of Joel Edgerton, so also wrote, produced and stars in The…

  • The Foreigner

    The Foreigner

    ★★★★

    Film fans, especially those jonesing for a good action thriller, are in for a treat. Martin Campbell has triumphantly returned from movie jail to direct The Foreigner, Jackie Chan's first major Western feature since 2010's reboot of The Karate Kid. In this film, Quan is a humble London businessman whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love -- his teenage daughter -- dies in a senseless act of politically motivated terrorism.…