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  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★

    What I really like about Alien Covenant is it starts out with a really likable group, full of hope and naivety, traveling towards a new life...and then everything just becomes dread and death, in the most unpleasant and horribly imagined ways. It's like this film just decided to visit absolute hellish cruelty on these folks.

    I think this is about the darkest and cruelest I've seen from Sir Ridley. But it's uneven, the action and thrills work on overdrive, I…

  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

    ★★★

    I'm kind of a sucker for movies like this. Group of alphas, last stand, the banter, camaraderie in a desperate situation.

    Unfortunately, more often than not, these movies are based on actual events and people. Usually, most or all die.

    I would be ok never seeing movies like this again, if it meant we would stop putting good men and women in these situations. Places we don't belong, for causes that are fuzzy at best, or simply not ours to…

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  • Sing Street

    Sing Street

    ★★★★

    Charming and sweet, never saccharine...an Irish teen inspired by the new wave movement circa mid-80's starts a band to impress a girl, then they have to learn to play!

    Movies like this are hard to pull off, inevitably the music needs to feel authentic to the time, but not polished...these kids are just learning. The film succeeds and gives a really wonderful glimpse of the creative process making music. Seriously, you want to cheer these kids on and pump your fist in the air!

    This is easily a favorite of 2016!

  • Anomalisa

    Anomalisa

    ★★★★

    I can't imagine this movie not animated! It's not that it wouldn't be as interesting done live action, It would just defeat the point. Everything looks familiar, but not quite. It's as if the animated world is interpreting ours.