Category Archives: Film

Early Man – Film Review

Look closely towards the end of the credits. You’ll see that the two dinosaurs wrestling each other during the opening moments of the new Aardman Animations stop-motion comedy, Early Man, are named Ray and Harry. To the young, it’ll mean nothing. To those who know their visual-effects classics, the mention is yet another great gag […]

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Black Panther – Film Review

If you go to the map section of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, you’ll find the fictional nation of Wakanda surrounded by some other fictional nations, like Canaan and Narobia. You can’t miss it. Though, depending on what Marvel story you’re reading, or what film you happen to be watching, its exact position tends […]

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The 15:17 to Paris – Film Review

“Spencer. Go!” It’s the call you’ll hear at the moment when Spencer Stone leaps from his seat while riding the high-speed Thalys train on its way from Amsterdam to Paris. On August 21, 2015, a terrorist from Morocco, Ayoub El Khazzani, armed with an AKM assault rifle, a pistol, and a bottle of petrol, emerged […]

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Permission – Film Review

The area known as Cobble Hill is a small, 40 block neighborhood adjacent to New York’s Brooklyn Heights. It was once a part of South Brooklyn. Today, with its brown bricked rowhouses, its trendy new shops, its cafes and restaurants, and its young, upscale, professional residents, Cobble Hill has become quite the place to be, […]

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12 Strong – Film Review

“The only way home is winning,” states Captain Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth) to his Chief Warrent Officer, Cal Spencer (Michael Shannon). In the new war drama, 12 Strong, based on real events, Nelson heads a team of U.S. Special Forces who, with the assistance of CIA paramilitary officers, are sent to Afghanistan to face the […]

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Paddington 2 – Film Review

Full disclosure. As a nine year-old school librarian (with power that was intoxicating), each time a new edition of Paddington arrived for borrowing, it would immediately disappear before processed for the shelves. There was no way that particular series of hardcover books were going public for other kids to manhandle until they were read from […]

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