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‘Curse of La Llorona’ Offers Slick, Predictable Scares
5 days ago

‘Curse of La Llorona’ Offers Slick, Predictable Scares

“The Conjuring” franchise is notable for two key reasons.

It began with an instant classic, directed by Mr. Aquaman himself, James Wan. More importantly, every subsequent tale has had a …
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‘Breakthrough’ Marks New Era in Faith-Based Films
7 days ago

‘Breakthrough’ Marks New Era in Faith-Based Films

Some Christian films hit theaters with a cloying caveat.

“it’s good … for a faith-based movie.”

That halting praise isn’t an accident. It often means the performances lack the snap …
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‘Little’ Offers Tiny Pleasures for the Younger Set
2 weeks ago

‘Little’ Offers Tiny Pleasures for the Younger Set

The “Big”/”Vice Versa”/”17 Again”/”13 Going on 30” shtick never gets old.

Heck, the latest superhero film clings to the template like Glad Wrap. Just say, “Shazam” and a feisty foster …
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Serious Star Power Serves ‘Best of Enemies’ Well
3 weeks ago

Serious Star Power Serves ‘Best of Enemies’ Well

You can’t recreate what happened in Durham, N.C. in 1971 without two powerhouse performances.

How do you convey a black activist winning over a Ku Klux Klan member with second-tier …
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Silly ‘Shazam’ (Mostly) Charms Our Inner Child
3 weeks ago

Silly ‘Shazam’ (Mostly) Charms Our Inner Child

We’ve come a long way from those dour DC Comics films.

You know the type. “The Dark Knight” trilogy. “Man of Steel.” The unwatchable “Suicide Squad.” They pretended superhero movies …
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Estevez’s ‘The Public’ – Virtue Signal, The Movie
3 weeks ago

Estevez’s ‘The Public’ – Virtue Signal, The Movie

Emilio Estevez tackles so many hot-button issues in “The Public” it’s like he’s prepping for a dozen TED Talks.

“The Public” is a clumsy ode to tax-supported libraries and a …
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Is ‘Unplanned’ the Movie Hollywood Fears Most?
4 weeks ago

Is ‘Unplanned’ the Movie Hollywood Fears Most?

Hollywood isn’t averse to pro-life messages. They’re just delivered in a way meant to draw less attention.

Movies like “Juno” and “Knocked Up” suggested abortion isn’t the only solution for …
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Peele’s Left-Leaning ‘Us’ Earns Its Woke Status
1 month ago

Peele’s Left-Leaning ‘Us’ Earns Its Woke Status

No, “Get Out” wasn’t a fluke.

Jordan Peele, the funny sketch comic and Obama apologist from “Key & Peele,” stunned virtually everyone with his 2017 directorial debut.

Peele isn’t ready …
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‘Highwaymen’ – Overdue Return of the Good Guys
1 month ago

‘Highwaymen’ – Overdue Return of the Good Guys

“Bonnie and Clyde” delivered rousing entertainment … but with a curious aftertaste.

The 1967 film’s artistic bona fides are beyond significant debate. The way stars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway …
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‘Five Feet Apart’ Is Two-Thirds a True Teen Charmer
1 month ago

‘Five Feet Apart’ Is Two-Thirds a True Teen Charmer

You just know the end of “Five Feet Apart” would wrestle the tears out of your eyes, by force if necessary.

The movie’s premise – two dying teens make an …
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