‘12 Strong’ shows the pride and pain of war

The hardest part about watching a movie based on or inspired by true events is the harsh reality of it. A part of me wants to shake my head, close my eyes and say, “That’s not real. It’s just a ...

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‘HAZE’: Not your parents’ college movie

“HAZE” is not your typical movie about hazing. Sure, it may depict college life similarly to other college-themed movies, but what sets it apart is the exploration of choices in the lives of young adults. Inspired by research done by ...

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‘Jumanji’ sequel lacks nostalgia with its updated version of a family favorite

Being a ‘90s baby and a huge fan of the original “Jumanji,” I went into a screening of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” excited, but with low expectations. All I knew was that Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson was in it, ...

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Have you seen the ‘incredible’ surprise Disney just put out?

My eyes lit up as I watched that lowercase “i”  turn into Roman numeral number “ii”. And yes, it was totally “WICKED!” The teaser to the trailer that is 13 years in the making finally graced all Disney media platforms ...

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Why ‘Wonder’ appeals to all ages

Unlike other coming-of-age films, “Wonder” is different. While the film may center around the life of one character, its focus on the separate storylines of each person makes for an engaging watch that is relatable for viewers who can identify ...

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How ‘Justice League’ just missed the mark

Following the events of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the new movie, “Justice League,” tells the story of a grief-stricken world coping with the death of Superman. Meanwhile,  Bruce Wayne hunts for heroes to form a team to stop ...

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‘Last Flag Flying’ actors give excellent performance

The Iraq War remains one of the most trying and divisive times in this nation’s history, and Richard Linklater’s latest film, “Last Flag Flying,” tries to encapsulate those emotions through its three main characters. The film is based off the ...

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The latest ‘Thor’ film is not worth your time. Here’s why.

“Thor: Ragnarok,” directed by Taika Waititi and written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost, is the third movie focused on Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, and his adventures as Asgardian royalty.    In this go around, Thor faces ...

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‘Happy Death Day’ brings nothing new to the party

Stop me if you’ve heard this plot line before: Protagonist relives the same day over and over, and in the process is able to self-analyze ‒ and eventually rediscover ‒ his or herself. It is a premise that has been ...

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‘American Assassin’ is the action movie we’ve been searching for

Watch your six because “American Assassin” is an unconventional thrill ride with epic fight scenes, big guns, fast cars and shameless characters around every corner. The screenplay, inspired by the novel by Vince Flynn, ditches the typically formulated action plot ...

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‘It’ humor ‘pales in comparison with the horror’

“It” does exactly what it was expected to do. It scares and it frightens. For many, it will induce nostalgia for the novel or original miniseries. However, for those new to the story, it may confuse. The film focuses on ...

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So much style, so little time

Going into a movie with the knowledge that it is a remake can sometimes hinder one’s opinion before even watching it. There are usually high expectations for any remake, and I think “Going in Style” went above them. Just like ...

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Power Rangers morph into a new generation of superheroes

Since remakes have swept the nation lately, it is easy to have mixed emotions when a childhood favorite is being remade for modern times. Will they destroy the legacy of the show? Or will it be so thrilling it takes ...

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Disney gives timeless remake of a ‘Tale As Old As Time’

The world received a brief first glimpse at Disney’s live-action re-adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” last spring when a teaser trailer was released. Nearly one year later, the film is out and capturing the hearts of audiences of all ...

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‘The Accountant’ does a number on the big screen

Hard-hitting action, dark comedy and an enticing storyline, add it all up and you get “The Accountant”. The film directed by Gavin O’ Connor stars Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick and J.K. Simmons. Affleck plays the lead role of Christian Wolff, ...

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‘Deepwater Horizon’: true story, true tearjerker

“Based on true story” movies always seem more emotional because they really happened. Though the actors in these films aren’t actually harmed, someone in the real world was, and that idea is terrifying. “Deepwater Horizon” is no exception as it ...

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Professional kayaker ‘Rafa’ Ortiz brings Niagara Falls to Fresno

Imagine you are standing over the edge and looking down at a drop that is more than 160 feet high. Depending on the time of the day, the mist hasn’t blocked the view of the rocks down below but you ...

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Film review: ‘Sully’ reminds us of the beauty of being human

“We all did it.  We all survived,” said Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. “Sully,” written by Todd Komarnicki and directed by Clint Eastwood, is a depiction of the US Airways Flight 1549’s emergency landing in the Hudson River on Jan. 15, ...

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