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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
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
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
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas completely missed a chance to do something truly epic. Instead of messing around with re-issue after re-issue of digitally tarted-up versions of his original “Star Wars” trilogy — … more
This film from director Otto Bell tells the story of Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl who trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed … 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
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
The song “Hurt,” written by Trent Reznor and sung by the late Johnny Cash, kept running through my head as I watched the opening sequences of the new “X-Men” film, “Logan.” more
The following were compiled from press materials. Hell or High Water MPAA rating: R for some strong violence, language throughout and brief sexuality Movies at the TCA Director David Mackenzie, working from a script by Taylor Sheridan, … more
The 10th annual Taos Shortz Film Festival will be the final edition, according to executive director-founder Anna Cosentine. more
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