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Part 1 – Deadline’s 7th Annual “The Contenders,” A Prelude to Awards Season

*** Special Post *** Last Saturday, November 4, I had the opportunity to attend The Contenders, which is an all day presentation hosted by the trade publication, Deadline.  A variety of interviewers welcomed a legion of Hollywood actors, directors, producers, … Continue reading

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The Madness Surrounding Murder

1922 (2017) Dir: Zak Hilditch Stars: Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid, Kaitlyn Bernard and Neal McDonough I saw the trailer for this new Netflix film a couple weeks ago, and this week I finally got a chance to see … Continue reading

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A Battle Worthy of Its Promotion – and Message

Battle of the Sexes (2017) Dir: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris Stars: Emma Stone, Steve Carrell, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Silverman and Austin Stowell I would apply the “drama-edy” genre label to Battle of the Sexes.  Much … Continue reading

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A Time to Live, and a Time to Die

Blade Runner (1982) *** Burke Favorite *** Dir: Ridley Scott Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah, Joanna Cassidy and Edward James Olmos I love those movie experiences where you feel completely different as you’re watching the movie … Continue reading

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Vote for This One with More Than the Telecast in Mind

Deadpool (2016) Dir: Tim Miller Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand and Karan Soni I went to see Deadpool in the theater the Monday after it opened last February.  I’m not sure if … Continue reading

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A Story of Faith 30 Years in the Making

Silence (2016) Dir: Martin Scorsese Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Issei Ogata and Ciaran Hinds I’ve read a lot about Silence since I saw it on a Thursday night last month.  The “30 years” reference in the title … Continue reading

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A Tale Only Told in West Texas

Hell or High Water (2016) Dir: David Mackenzie Stars: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Gil Birmingham This crime drama is so up my alley that it’s going to be hard to draft this particular entry without veering off – … Continue reading

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What Animal Would You Be?

The Lobster (2016) Dir: Yorgos Lanthimos Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, John C. Reilly and Olivia Colman My top ten films of 2016 would definitely have to include this foreign film, which received quite a bit … Continue reading

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A Powerful Exploration of the Father-Son Bond

Midnight Special (2016) Dir: Jeff Nichols Stars: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Sam Shephard and Jaeden Lieberher Back in the day, I watched The Terminator for the first time with my family without knowing a single thing … Continue reading

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An Old, Frightening Legend Come to Life

The Witch (2016) Dir: Robert Eggers Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw and Ralph Ineson Some official sources have this title spelled with two “V”s as in “The VVitch,” which seems to reflect the film’s poster.  It harkens back … Continue reading

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