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  • Leap of Faith

    Leap of Faith


    From the mid 80s through the most of the 90s, Steve Martin had an impressive range of career choices. Some were well-crafted crowd-pleasers ("Parenthood," "Father of the Bride"), some critically acclaimed ("LA Story," "Roxanne"), and some heavily dramatic fare ("The Spanish Prisoner," "Grand Canyon"). There was one movie during that time period that doesn’t fit in either of these categories and yet I think it features one of Martin’s most interesting and underrated performances. In "Leap of Faith," Martin plays…

  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible


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

    I know what you’re thinking. There are hundreds — no, thousands — of truly great movies out there. Do I really want to single out "Mission: Impossible?" My answer to that is a resounding yes. When a high-tech, expensive, flashy Hollywood blockbuster is working on all levels, the results can be pretty extraordinary. How often does that happen? If it provides a consistent adrenaline rush without insulting your intelligence, it can be just as rewarding as a prestige film that…

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  • The Grinch

    The Grinch


    Bright and screen-bustingly gorgeous but thoroughly unnecessary. Hollywood is taking this remake craze a little too far.

  • Happy Death Day 2U

    Happy Death Day 2U


    Dude, my mood is like <imitates explosion>

    I can’t get over how much fun I had with this movie. Will it stand the test of time? Does it really deserve the equivalent of an A-? I don’t have a clear answer to those questions but I can say this without reservation: Happy Death Day 2U breaks franchise convention to switch genres, doubles down on its preposterous premise, and confirms the genuine star power of its leading lady, Jessica Rothe. (Someone…

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  • Requiem for a Dream

    Requiem for a Dream


    It doesn’t happen often. I’ll sit through a film in a movie theater that will make me forget about everything going on in my life. Not once will I check my watch or be distracted by audience members or take a bathroom trip.

    "Requiem for a Dream" took me in for 100 minutes, deep into its psyche, and spit me out very shaken and very disturbed.

    It’s a harrowing experience, an absorbing trip into four minds spiralling out of control.…

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


    Picking up right where the first one left off, this sequel goes even deeper into Tolkien lore, and doesn’t hold back. All of our beloved hobbits and elves and humans, broken up into three groups, encounter all sorts of creatures and villains as they reach closer to their main goal to rid the one ring that will rule them all.

    Among the most memorable new additions of the series is Gollum, a CGI-created creature battling a severe case of schizophrenia.…