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Friday, March 6, 2020 | by: Mat DeKinder

There’s always a danger when adapting a Jane Austen novel into film of falling too much in love with the words. These sagas of love and heartbreak feature strong, intelligent, aristocratic women negotiating manners and misunderstandings with nothing at their disposal but a whole lot of dialog... [More]

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Friday, March 6, 2020 | by: Mat DeKinder

"The Band’s Visit” is a warm and touching little musical that feels a bit small against its lofty accolades. The musical romped through the 2018 Tony Awards, winning in 10 categories, including Best Musical. It is enjoyable to be sure, but because of its light touch, it is also mostly f... [More]

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Friday, March 6, 2020 | by: Mat DeKinder

The classic novel “The Call of the Wild” has been adapted into film several times in the past century. Jack London’s rousing adventure tale of Buck the sled dog and his trials and tribulations in the Gold Rush-era Yukon seems ready-made for the movies. But, what makes London&rsq... [More]

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Friday, March 6, 2020 | by: Mat DeKinder

  Artists have mused about love and longing for as long as there have been hearts to be broken, which means that it’s tough to find something new to say on the subject.   Of course that doesn’t mean that people are going to stop trying. Stephen Keep Mills, the writer, directo... [More]

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Friday, November 22, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

“The Irishman” is the rare movie that delivers on sky-high expectations. If you say Martin Scorsese is directing an epic mob movie starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, you know you’re in for one of the best movies of the year. Of course, you might also say, &ldquo... [More]

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Friday, November 22, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

As a critic, it is important to try to view a movie as impartially as possible. There was no way I could do this with “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood.” For people of a certain age, “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood” was an essential part of our childhood. His calm, daily... [More]

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Friday, November 22, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

Sometimes formulas work. Put a couple of bankable stars in a movie with some thrilling action sequences and a real-life underdog story and you’ll be hard pressed to not have a good movie on your hands. Such is the case with “Ford v Ferrari,” the true story of a renegade car de... [More]

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Friday, November 22, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

So, you want to make a sequel to one of the most iconic movies of all-time, 40 years after the fact, and you want it to feel fresh and original while still paying tribute to the original film? Best of luck. But that is exactly what writer/director Mike Flanagan was able to do with “D... [More]

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Friday, November 22, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

Hollywood has made more than its share of movies about World War II, with varying degrees of success. The very best honor the valor and sacrifice of the soldiers while acknowledging the horrors of war. One limitation has been the technical shortcomings of truly depicting the scale, scope and de... [More]