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Four-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke delivers another sensational performance in this complicated and dark story set in a small town in upstate New York. Hawkes’ latest screen gem, however, isn’t spectacular enough to overcome a slow, depressing journey that tries too hard to do too m…

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Anyone looking for a bizarre and funny true story this summer will find “Tag” hiding quietly between the highly anticipated “Incredibles 2” and the John Travolta mobster movie “Gotti”. 

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Perhaps my definition of scary movies is different than most. I enjoy suspenseful music to describe approaching danger on-screen. I prefer characters placed in harm’s way either by choice or completely unaware of their surroundings and pending peril. Together, a gripping armchair thriller un…

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Pronouncements of this new movie release as “The film ‘Cast Away’ on a sailboat” is perhaps too simplistic and unfair to the 2000 saga starring Tom Hanks. Yes, both survival dramas take place in the Pacific Ocean after a catastrophic accident at the hands of Mother Nature. But Hanks’ bromanc…

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Leave it to a young, aspiring Chinese director to bring us one of the most compassionate rodeo circuit films in recent memory. Beijing native Chloe Zhao, a product of western film influences inside the communist country following the mid-1980s, wrote, produced and directed this cowboy story …

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Parents escaping their offspring for a Date Night of dinner and a movie will find “Tully” a realistic portrayal of raising children in today’s frantic world. The film provides a gritty yet funny look at the miracle of birth and the challenges motherhood poses to the mother, and the child and…

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Any fears that the nineteenth film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be dull or anti-climactic have been thoroughly quelled by this epic superhero defense of Infinity stones. With an all-star Marvel Comics cast introduction absorbing most of the two hour and 30-minute feature, this ac…

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Once generalized for use only to assist the blind, dogs have emerged into therapy and rescue professionals. At the same time, canines have established a solid reputation in law enforcement as they’ve spread to almost every police department in the U.S., adding a powerful weapon to sniff out …

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Moviegoers wanting to jump outside their comfort zone for a couple of hours will find the newly released thriller “A Quiet Place” a perfect choice. Nearly pulling off an astonishing upset of The Rock’s highly anticipated “Rampage” at the box office last weekend, “A Quiet Place” still stands …

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Inundated with thousands of films released throughout the year, a critic must apply emergency room triage procedures to decide which movies get reviewed now—and which must wait for later in the year to be seen. 

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Hey, it’s not all about the big screen. While I may sometimes miss the novelty-sized tub of popcorn, there is something to be said for enjoying a flick in the comforts of your own home. Film enthusiasts looking for movies to watch from the couch or recliner will enjoy these proven rentals:

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Complete with mutton chops, marijuana, and mystery, director Paul Thomas Anderson's complex adaptation of the even more complex Thomas Pynchon novel is a haze filled journey down the rabbit hole of 1970's California - and a viewing experience unlike any other.