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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★★½

    I was completely prepared to hate this film. A $70 million cinematic do-over willed into existence by sheer fanboy entitlement. It honestly shouldn't exist, else we set a dangerous precedent that hateful, vitriolic social media outcry deserves to be rewarded with hugely satisfying movies.

    Because make no mistake: "Zack Snyder's Justice League" absolutely slaps. Despite its multitude of obvious flaws, gaping plot holes, messy production history, pointless cameos, overused slow-motion, and a disappointing score... it still totally rocks.

    God bless…

  • Springsteen On Broadway

    Springsteen On Broadway

    ★★★★★

    Emotional and brilliant.

    A year after yet another globe-trotting tour concluded, Bruce Springsteen changed the game by doing something he had never before: hold a steady job. His 14-month residency at the Walter Kerr Theatre was met with rave reviews, packed houses, and high ticket prices. Try as I might - even after winning the 'ticket lottery' - I wasn't able to secure (let alone afford) seats to any of the 300+ shows in the tiny Broadway venue. Had I…

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  • Stowaway

    Stowaway

    ★★★★

    Captivating ethical drama... in space!

    I want to start this review with a story: soon after graduating from Emerson College in 2008, I secured my first "industry gig" as an assistant editor at a small post-house in Boston. We specialized in producing campaign commercials for Republican politicians, including future (disgraced) Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. I didn't much care for this "content", but the pay was good, the work was challenging, and my co-workers were interesting. One of those people was…

  • Sugar Hill

    Sugar Hill

    ★★

    Feeling like a pastiche of better films, "Sugar Hill" wastes its decent cast on a particularly over-played story.

    A criminal with a tragic past attempting to leave behind his dangerous neighborhood just isn't very compelling or original. And given the extremely self-important and melodramatic treatment here, isn't entertaining, either. Throw in unnecessarily bloody violence and a soundtrack that is nothing but incessant horns - and the end result is often more irritating than engaging.

    A handful of individual scenes work…

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

    An unqualified masterpiece.

    This captivating science fiction drama from critically acclaimed director Christopher Nolan was produced on a budget of $165 million, and released on November 5, 2014. Although it's an entirely original property with no ties to any previous works, the hype surrounding Nolan's ninth feature film was so high, Warner Bros. studios traded away the rights to its lucrative "Friday The 13th" series (among other franchises) just to secure worldwide distribution rights to this movie. So to say…

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★★

    Gyllenhaal is masterful.

    This low-budget American crime-thriller from first-time director Dan Gilroy was a critical and commercial success following its theatrical release on Halloween, 2014. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as an enigmatic individual who muscles his way into the world of crime journalism: earning money by photographing accidents and murders late at night, and selling them to a local news station. He is a quirky, bottom-feeding opportunist, exhibiting signs of high-functioning autism... always communicating directly, if dishonestly with his mark.

    Gyllenhaal…