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  • Last Flag Flying

    Last Flag Flying

    ★★★★

    This is not your Saturday popcorn film by any means, which explains its terrible showing at the box office in spite of a brilliant cast and Richard Linklater at the helm. No easy task to take the burying of one’s son and make it into a compelling, rich story with well fleshed out characters, but Linklater’s screenplay and deft directorial hand have done just that.

    In a nutshell, the story starts with Steve Carrel looking up a pair of old…

  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    ★★★½

    It’s unfortunate that when so many think of a horror film they think blood, gore and shock/scare tactics that pervade so many Hollywood films over the last several decades. Harken back to more psychological thrillers/horror films like Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen and you get a better sense of what first time Director Jennifer Kent (who also wrote the piece) has in mind.

    The ambiguity and metaphors that fill this film raise it well above most slasher fare, and while…

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  • Network

    Network

    ★★★★½

    It’s hard to believe, given our current state of affairs with the evening news being a profit center for the networks (as well a prime instrument for spewing propaganda), but once upon a time the actual news was reported – not one person’s opinion or spinning the content to suit your political agenda – just the news, period.

    So, take yourself back to 1976… where Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather told the news and the mighty three networks were of…

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Wow, what a train wreck, and Nolan only has himself to blame as he not only directed, but is credited (as if anyone would want credit) for co-writing the script as well.

    What’s wrong with the script you might ask (if you were in a mood where you actually might care about this). Well for starters the film seriously plays with time. No, not like some sci fi film, or Nolan’s own Inception, but in the real life (but absurd)…