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Review: “Little Women” finally delivers the honesty female characters deserve

Review: “Little Women” finally delivers the honesty female characters deserve
February 1, 2020
It's easy to brush “Little Women” off as something that’s been done before, but Greta Gerwig's adaptation does something different.

Review: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” falls flat

Review: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” falls flat
January 31, 2020
The Achilles’ heel of the sequel trilogy is the handing off of the director title from Abrams to Johnson then back to Abrams. As a result, “The Rise of Skywalker” feels disjointed. It attempts to tie up the loose ends of the past few films, but ends up raising more questions than answers. 

Christmas movies to watch this season

Christmas movies to watch this season
November 24, 2019
The holiday season is almost here, bringing with it the tide of holiday films that go back decades. With so many films to watch, it raises the questions of which movies should be on your list this holiday season?

Review: Tall Girl is a cliché and eye-rolling experience

Review: Tall Girl is a cliché and eye-rolling experience
October 15, 2019
The story conveyed is hardly a new one. Too many teenage romantic comedies feature an outcast girl who falls in love with the new student, deals with the antagonistic popular girl and has a childhood friend who is in love with her.

Review: Disney’s “The Lion King” offers realistic animation within a classic film

Review: Disney's “The Lion King” offers realistic animation within a classic film
August 13, 2019
Since this was a live-action remake, the most obvious change was the visual quality -- the scenery is absolutely stunning. Between the music and opening scene, I was left with goosebumps.

‘Arrival’ captivates with exceptional writing and incredible performances

Amy Adams (right) as Louise Banks in ARRIVAL by Paramount Pictures.
December 3, 2016
Unlike other action-based sci-fi movies, “Arrival” captivates without using a series of high-intensity action scenes with advanced technological weapons. Instead, it presents a story that speaks to the mind and to the soul.

‘Zootopia’ provides insightful, but subtle, social commentary

As Disney's latest box-office-triumph,
March 30, 2016

Disney’s “Zootopia” beat out box-office hit “Frozen” with a $73.7 million in their U.S. opening weekend. The evil has been defeated. Maybe now, people will finally let it go. But if you need...

‘Deadpool’ delights with R-rate hijinks

With its crude humor, gruesome action scenes, and foul-mouthed
February 24, 2016

Here we go again — another superhero movie.  We are overrun with superhero movies right now.  Some are great, wonderfully written pieces . . . and some are not so much. Deadpool — the merc with...

Chilly weather checklist

Macon residents wait for concessions at Amstar Cinema.
Four things to do before the weather warms up in Macon
February 24, 2016

With the weather soon warming up, it’s time to complete your winter bucket lists. These five activities are sure to provide you and your loved ones enough fun to last these final chilly days. See...

Seven Halloween flicks for the courageous and cowardly

When Jack Skellington becomes tired of Halloween Town, chaos breaks loose in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. 
October 28, 2015

Halloween is here. The days are growing colder, and the faint aroma of fall leaves lingers in the air. Students might spend hours carving pumpkins and trying to find the perfect costume, but what is Halloween...

“The Perfect Guy” offers an intense, believable thriller

Patric Michael Ealy captures high marks for his unsettling performance as the obsession-driven Carter Duncan.
October 14, 2015

Writers Alan B. McElroy and Tyger Williams have a way of finding horror in realistic situations.  They start with an everyday scenario, then ask, “but what if something goes wrong?” For instance,...

Magic Mike XXL garners audience approval

Tatum at the premiere of Magic Mike XXL.
August 27, 2015

Let’s be honest — most of us were disappointed with the first “Magic Mike.” Most who watched it probably wanted it to be straight sex and male objectification, but the producers decided to try...

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