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28

Jan

"The Revenant" is inspired by the true story of frontiersman Hugh Glass

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Genre: Adventure, Drama
Directed by:
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Starring:
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy
Released by:
20th Century Fox
Run Time: 2h 30 min
Year:
2015

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By Mar Yvette

Man vs. nature. Man vs. man. Man vs. self. These outer and inner conflicts inhabit every moment in “The Revenant,” director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s cinematic tour de force. The title aptly refers to Leonardo DiCaprio’s character who quite literally comes back from near-death to seek revenge on the man (played by a remarkably villainous Tom Hardy) who abandoned him and killed his son. 
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05

Jan

"The Danish Girl" is inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener.

“The Danish Girl” is inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener.

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Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Directed by:
 Tom Hooper
Starring:
Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard
Released by:
 Focus Features, Universal Pictures International
Run Time: 1h 59 min
Year:
2015

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Directed by Tom Hopper (“The King’s Speech,” “Les Misérables”), “The Danish Girl” is a beautifully made film that tells the story of Lili Elbe and her transition from man to woman in late-1920s Copenhagen and Paris. Today, the subject of transgenderism is very present in our media, but during Lili’s lifetime, it was almost unheard of; she was one of the first people to get sex-reassignment surgery. Continue reading “The Danish Girl – Movie Review” »



Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh installation in George Lucas' beloved sci-fi series

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh installation in George Lucas’ beloved sci-fi series

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Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Directed by:
J.J. Abrams
Starring:
Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley
Released by:
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Run Time: 2h 15 min
Year:
2015

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Some 30 years after the fall of the Empire in “Return of the Jedi,” George Lucas’ intergalactic saga continues with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Continue reading “Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Movie Review” »



Spectre – Movie Review

on November 03rd, 2015
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03

Nov

Daniel Craig returns as secret agent James Bond in Spectre

Daniel Craig returns as secret agent James Bond in Spectre

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Directed by:
Sam Mendes
Starring:
Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes
Released by:
Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Run Time: 2h 30 min
Year:
2015

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James Bond 007 comes face-to-face with a shadowy terrorist organization known as SPECTRE in the 24th installment of the James Bond series. Continue reading “Spectre – Movie Review” »



19

Oct

Matt Damon plays a stranded astronaut in The Martian

Matt Damon plays a stranded astronaut in The Martian

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Genre:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña
Released by: 20th Century Fox
Run Time: 2h 24 min
Year: 2015

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By Mar Yvette


What Tom Hanks is to “Cast Away,” Matt Damon is to “The Martian.” Within the first 30 minutes of the movie, the similarities are hard to miss: Both men are left for dead (or rather, assumed dead) after a terrible accident. Both men are isolated for an extreme length of time. Both men must face, accept and then defy their own mortality to evolve into stronger versions of themselves. And both films feature first-rate actors who will be remembered in these roles for years to come.
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Straight Outta Compton tells the compelling true-life story of rap group N.W.A

Straight Outta Compton tells the compelling true-life story of rap group N.W.A

Genre: Drama
Directed by:
F. Gary Gray
Starring:
O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell
Released by:
Universal Pictures, New Line Cinema
Run Time: 2h 27 min
Year:
2015

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by Alexandre Meiers


“Straight Outta Compton” was released at the right time, as communities continue to struggle with issues of violence and segregation. Continue reading “Straight Outta Compton – Movie Review” »



She's Funny That Way features an all-star cast lead by romantic comedy veterans Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston

She’s Funny That Way features an all-star cast lead by romantic comedy veterans Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston

Genre: Comedy
Directed by:
Peter Bogdanovich
Starring:
Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Kathryn Hahn, Will Forte, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Aniston
Released by:
Lagniappe Films, Lionsgate Home Entertainment, Grindstone Entertainment Group
Run Time: 1h 31 min
Year:
2015

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By Alain Gayot


“She’s Funny That Way” is a madcap throwback to the screwball ensemble comedies of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Continue reading “She’s Funny That Way – Movie Review” »



Tom Cruise reprises his role at secret agent Ethan Hunt in "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation"

Tom Cruise reprises his role at secret agent Ethan Hunt in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Directed by:
Christopher McQuarrie
Starring:
Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin
Released by:
Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, TC Productions
Run Time: 2h 11 min
Year:
2015

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By Alain Gayot


Daredevil secret agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) takes on his most dangerous assignment yet in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.” Continue reading ““Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” – Movie Review” »



02

Apr

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and crew return for the seventh installment of the "Fast & Furious" series

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and crew return for the seventh installment of the “Fast & Furious” series

Genre: Adventure, Thriller
Directed by:
James Wan
Starring:
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez
Released by:
Universal Pictures
Year:
2015

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By Alain Gayot


The latest installment in the “Fast & Furious” series, “Furious 7” embarks on a high-speed adventure through the streets of Tokyo, Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles as Vin Diesel and crew face off against an alliance of international terrorists. Continue reading ““Furious 7” – Movie Review” »



21

Jan

Black Sea tells the story of a crew of men on a submarine looking for lost Nazi treasure

Black Sea tells the story of a crew of men on a submarine looking for lost Nazi treasure

Genre: Adventure, Thriller
Directed by:
 Kevin MacDonald
Starring:
 Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Jodie Whittaker
Released by:
 Focus Features
Year:
2015

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“Black Sea” is an underwater heist film with an allegiance to blue-collar values that cruises along like a submarine unable, or unwilling, to rise to the surface or dive deeper into the depths of cinematic inspiration. For every clever plot twist or genuinely strong performance in “Black Sea,” there is a strong helping of predictability which counteracts the surprise and at times leaves the film feeling reluctantly inert.

 

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