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Time for a Reel THE COMMUTER review

The Commuter review

Liam Neeson’s career, what can you say? One thing that you can say is that he often finds himself in danger. Thankfully he always has a particular set of skills to solve the problem at hand. Even though his life or death challenges are becoming increasingly unfathomable, Neeson seems beat the odds both on the …

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Time for a Reel INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY review

Insidious: The Last Key review

We kick off the new year with a familiar story. The Insidious franchise has managed to stay relevant enough to garner continuous deeper plot explorations. Labeling the additional movies as sequels or even prequels would be incorrect. Blumhouse has taken a very interesting approach with the supernatural horror franchise. Rather than a linear continuation that …

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Time for a Reel THE SHAPE OF WATER review

The Shape of Water review

Guillermo del Toro has always kept viewers guessing. From one movie to the next, you never know what you’re going to get with him. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) is widely seen as his best work so far. Not everyone can get behind his unique visions but 2017 might prove to be different. Could The Shape of …

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Time for a Reel STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi review

“Don’t let anyone spoil this…” That’s the latest message the folks over at Walt Disney Pictures is broadcasting. Is this a genuine plea of benevolence or just a manipulative marketing tool? I’ll let readers answer that question for themselves after seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi. As I am one of the fortunate individuals to …

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Time for a Reel LAST FLAG FLYING review

Last Flag Flying review

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016), Boyhood (2014), School of Rock (2003) and Dazed and Confused (1993 – all critically acclaimed movies by director Richard Linklater. With the exception of Boyhood, Linklater relies heavily on comedy to help tell his stories and that strategy has been very successful thus far. Now he’s working with arguably his most …

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Time for a Reel THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS review

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Did you know that the famed novella, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, is actually a shortened version of its original title? A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas was the original title published in December of 1843. That’s more of a synopsis than a title. And in a similar fashion, at …

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Time for a Reel JUSTICE LEAGUE review

Justice League review

Disney changed the cinematic landscape with their commitment to creating a connected franchise with no foreseeable end in sight. We can all agree that the Marvel Cinematic Universe IS the gold standard. More recently, Universal Pictures attempted to resurrect their once-famed horror collection, but in a directly connected way, with The Mummy (2017). The reboot …

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Time for a Reel THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI review

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Let’s start with this. Have you watched the trailer for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri yet? You’ll see a familiar dry sarcastic humor that director, writer Martin McDonagh included in his first two movies. In Bruges (2008) and Seven Psychopaths (2012) were both pleasant surprises filled with comedy, violence and overall solid plots. Intriguing characters …

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Time for a Reel MAYHEM review

Mayhem review

Joe Lynch is still in his adolescent formative years in terms of experience. Knights of Badassdom (2013) and Everly (2015) were the only feature length credits he has to his name thus far. And working from a position of inexperience, he has found a way to entertain audiences without making a huge splash in the …

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Time for a Reel MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS review

Murder on the Orient Express review

Renowned author Agatha Christie has been celebrated as the world’s best-selling author of all time. Most of her works were of the detective novel variety with fictional detective Hercule Poirot at the center of many of these intriguing stories. Of all of her novels (66 to be exact), Murder on the Orient Express which was …