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Sometimes it's the way a story is told that makes it special – sometimes it's not. In the case of "Life," a new big-budget sci-fi thriller, a threadbare plot gets tarted up with high-end special effects, decent actors and a "Twilight Zone" ending, but leaves one wondering, "Just how persuasive was the pitch to get this greenlit?" more
A highly focused thriller with sci-fi overtones, ‘It Comes at Night” just might keep you up past your bedtime. For nightmares? Maybe, but the uneasy gut feeling that lingers is more the culprit. more
In the second chapter of the “John Wick” trilogy of action films, the story picks up with the “hero” of our story smack in the middle of another super-nihilistic fight to the death, this time over his beloved Ford Mustang. more
The town of Taos plans to celebrate the life of Dennis Hopper, the late actor, filmmaker, artist and former Taos resident, with a day of events. The celebration will take place Wednesday (May 17), … more
  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
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
The new “Wonder Woman” film, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as the title character, is set during World War I. That is unlike the DC Comics universe, which had her … more
Paige O’Hara, the voice of Belle from the beloved 1991 Disney animated film of “Beauty and the Beast,” was perfect. And so was most of the movie in the way it married dynamic, colorful and imaginative visuals to thrilling music by Alan Menken that brought the Brothers Grimm tale to life. more
Despite glossy, high-tech production values and big-name acting talent, “The Circle” is, alas, as shallow as a Facebook friend request from somebody with one obscure person in common. more
It’s like they look at the gorgeous and painstaking artwork that goes into creating these epic works of cinematic wonder and assume it’s an attempt to replicate what a camera, sets and costumes can do – or that animé is somehow inferior because it’s virtually handmade. more
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