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Raw nerve

The producers of "The First Purge" want to poke a raw nerve with a sharp stick. And whether you flinch when they do could determine whether you take this movie as an elaborate … more

Movie review: 'Sicario: Day of the Soldado'

The first sequence in the "Sicario" sequel seems straight out of the POTUS playbook for why "the wall" must be built. Middle Eastern terrorists are shown sneaking over the … more

Movie review - 'The Incredibles 2'

Helen and Bob Parr are your typical early 1960's couple. They work hard while raising a preteen daughter, a precocious boy, and a rambunctious toddler ... more

Movie review: 'Adrift'

One might imagine a film having a minimal cast to be ideal. In the case of "Adrift," there is the added appeal of working with two attractive actors beloved by fans eager to … more

Big Apple to the wide open spaces

This week, we go from the streets of NYC to the the cold of the great plains to discover two interesting bands. more

Diversity hire

Bright Tempo grade: B- The line between comedy and serious drama is as thin as a fairy’s wing, and in the new Netflix original movie, “Bright,” the difference is even thinner. … more

Snake eyes

There are a few laughs in the new Will Ferrell-Amy Poehler comedy, but they are almost accidental and surely not part of the script that seems to have been scribbled on 3-inch-by-5-inch cards in … more

Into the deep

There isn’t a whole lot to Johannes Roberts’ shark-bait thriller, “47 Meters Down.” The actors are middle-of-the-road. The plot is “Jaws”-light. And, because the … more

Idle hands

  Mothers and their children — good, bad, saintly or incredibly, violently evil — have always been at the core of Ridley Scott’s “Alien” saga. Even the … more

'La La Land' cute, catchy but not perfect

Right off the bat, I’m going to say what needs to be said: “La La Land” is flawed. Despite its mountain of accolades, it is not the best musical ever made. It does, however, accomplish what any serviceable musical must do: It dazzles. It excites. And, it will make you shrug off the grimy overcoat of today’s contentious reality to embrace a deliciously candy-colored cinematic fantasy as soon as that now-famous freeway traffic jam dance sequence hits the screen. more
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