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  • Troll 2, semi-sequel of a semi-movie is a semi-masterpiece

    Troll 2, semi-sequel of a semi-movie is a semi-masterpiece

    Russian novelist, historian, Gulag survivor, and all-around inspiring fellow Aleksander Solzhenitsyn once wrote, "Some things lead beyond words. Art inflames even a frozen, darkened soul to a high spiritual experience." I'm not sure what exactly he was talking about, but he could very well have...

  • Benghazi becomes a blockbuster in "13 Hours"

    Benghazi becomes a blockbuster in "13 Hours"

    In "13 Hours," Benghazi, a misguided Republican talking point turned internet punch line about right-wing paranoia, gets the ludicrous film treatment it deserves—and absolutely does not need—from Michael Bay, a grown man on record as saying "I make movies for teenage boys." The events, in which...

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  • Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq" is surreal, preachy, and rarely dull, if tortuously muddled

    Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq" is surreal, preachy, and rarely dull, if tortuously muddled

    When it comes to prolific, controversial voices in New York film, Spike Lee and Woody Allen are like two uncles you only see once a year. Woody's really got only one or two stories he likes to tell around the dinner table. You've heard them before, but you listen, mostly out of nostalgia for how...

  • "Spotlight" lets the facts speak for themselves

    "Spotlight" lets the facts speak for themselves

    "Spotlight" tells the true story of the Boston Globe reporters whose 2002 expose of nearly 90 pedophile priests in the Boston area—and the fact that the Roman Catholic Church had known about it and done nothing—set in motion a series of sexual molestation investigations around the world. It's an...

  • Bryan Cranston plays blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo as Walter White in 'Trumbo'

    Bryan Cranston plays blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo as Walter White in 'Trumbo'

    It's 2015 and we've got a self-described Democratic socialist chasing the presidency, so there's something curious about the director of "Meet The Parents" and the Austin Powers franchise tackling McCarthyism. Jay Roach, reformed heavyweight comedy helmer, continues the crusade for gravitas he...

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Gamer's Grammar: 'Fallout 4' asks what would Rick Grimes build?

Westerns are called Westerns for a reason. The genre revels in its environment as much as it does its characters and plot. In some ways, the environment is the main character—often times trying to kill the protagonist with scorching heat. Local award-winning game studio Bethesda Softworks understands...

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