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“Mag Seven” scores 2 and a half paws

Denzel Washington starred as Sam Chisolm in


September 29, 2016

Author’s Note: This is a remake of the 1960s western with the same name of “The Magnificent Seven,” which in turn is an American rendering of 1954’s Akira Kurosawa masterpiece “The Seven Samurai.” I highly recommend you see these two films, as they are cultural and cinematic landmarks. W...

“Blair Witch’s” chilling return to screens


September 19, 2016

NOTICE: I highly recommended you see 1990’s “The Blair Witch Project” if you haven’t already, for its cultural and cinematic history, and to get an understanding of the events that follow in “Blair Witch.” There was a rushed sequel in the early 2000s titled “Book of Shadows,” but we ...

“Sully” portrays Hudson miracle story

Tom Hanks stars in the new movie,


September 15, 2016

In January 2009, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenburger and copilot Jeff Skiles managed to save the lives of all 155 passengers by landing on the Hudson River after collision with a flock of geese caused engine failure. From director Clint Eastwood comes a biopic about the events both before and after...

Paws up for “Hell or High Water”


September 12, 2016

From director David Mackenzie and Taylor Sheridan (writer of 2015’s “Sicario”) comes an original, Western crime drama about two brothers called “Hell or High Water.” Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner Howard (Ben Foster) embark on a bank robbing spree across Texas. Hounded by retiree Texas Ranger,...

Don’t hold your breath for “Don’t Breathe”

Jane Levy plays Rocky in the new horror flick,

September 1, 2016

From the team that brought you the 2013 “Evil Dead” remake comes the home invasion horror thriller, “Don’t Breathe.” Alex, his crush Rocky, and her boyfriend Money, make their living as thieves, effortlessly breaking into houses owned by Alex’s dad’s security company. They hit the jackpot...

Kubo Hits Heart Strings

Kubo Hits Heart Strings

August 25, 2016

From acclaimed stop motion studio Laika (Coraline, Paranorman, The Boxtrolls) comes a riveting and original tale pulling influence from Japanese folklore and the films of “Hayao Miyazaki” and “Akira Kurosawa.” “Kubo and the Two Strings” tells the story of Kubo, who lives with and cares for...

“Hardcore Henry” self-aware nature makes it work


April 11, 2016

Directd by Ilya Naishuller and inspired by music videos made for the Russian indie rock band Biting Elbows, “Hardcore Henry” is a no holds barred, action-thriller shot entirely from a first person view. Waking up in a lab with no memory of the past, Henry (the audience) finds himself transformed into ...

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