Movie Review – You’ll Wish You Were Dead by the End of ‘Rings’

Released in 2002, The Ring is a solid horror mystery directed by Gore Verbinksi with a terrific performance by Naomi Watts. It is a simple, effective story about a detective who needs to solve a murder mystery before she dies in seven days. You care about her character and feel the weight of time as she struggles to piece things together. Alas, I am not reviewing The Ringbut it’s ugly, unwanted stepchild.

Rings is the antithesis of its predecessor, and not in any good or admiring ways. It’s atrociously awful. Its only virtue is the cinematography from Sharone Meir (Whiplash) which frankly it doesn’t deserve.

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Movie Review – ‘Gold’ Fools Everyone with Sloppy Storytelling

If you take a 1000-piece puzzle, put it in front of a small child and watch said child put it together for two hours, that’s what it’s like to watch the movie Gold.

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A Hard Political Week Casts a Pall on The First Night of The Current’s 12th Birthday Party

The sold out show filled First Avenue with hundreds of fans eager to celebrate 89.3 The Current’s 12th birthday on Friday evening.

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Movie Review – Affleck Stretches Himself Too Thin in ‘Live by Night’

It’s hard to deny that after years out in the desert of bad movies, Ben Affleck has returned like a phoenix, winning the hearts of movie-goers and critics alike. Even with the recent flop of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Affleck still rose above with a stellar portrayal of Bruce Wayne. However, with every victorious comeback there’s the liability of ego and with Live by Night, Affleck stretches himself too thin, producing, directing, writing, and acting. While there’s plenty to like, the bland main character and quiet acting by Affleck ultimately can’t hold up the long and intricate story.

Live by Night follows Joe Coughlin (Affleck) after he returns fighting in World War I and has had enough of people telling him what to do. Putting together a group of gangsters, Coughlin holds up banks and underground casinos in Prohibition-era Boston. After a run in with the Irish mob, Coughlin heads down to Florida to set up shop and faces off against the local competition.

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Movie Review — Row the Boat, Please: ‘Manchester By the Sea’ is Good, But Too Slow to be Great

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Though it ain’t Jimmy Stewart finding life’s true meaning is in the small pleasures, it’s not that far off.

Manchester By the Sea is a grim tale — we see Casey Affleck as Lee grinding it out as a maintenance man for a Boston slumlord, not much going right for him. His daily life consists of getting hammered after a day of drudging work before collapsing in his one room, cell-like apartment. Casey is obviously damaged, and though we don’t yet know what caused it, we are shown glimpses of his gristly past in a series of flashbacks throughout the film.

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The Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

The new year has arrived which means plenty of movies to look forward to in the coming weeks and months ahead.

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Movie Review — Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Will Leave You Speechless

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Silence has been on Martin Scorsese’s back-burner for a long time, continually putting it off for other projects since the 1990s. At this point, it’s an understatement to call it a passion project as much as an obsession. It’s a movie he is adamant to get right.

After reading the novel Silence by Shusaku Endo, I was skeptical Scorsese could pull it off, considering the novel’s formal literary style in contrast to the famous director’s usual informal flair and unconventionality. I couldn’t be happier to be proven wrong. He takes a totally different approach, moving away from his comfort zone and succeeds at faithfully adapting and honoring a beautiful novel. By the end, the emotional weight of this film will leave you speechless.

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Movie Review — ‘Passengers’ is a Poorly Written Romance Wrapped in a Pretty Sci-Fi Film

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On the outset, Passengers looks like a potentially solid film with two great leads in Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, an up and coming director with his much buzzed about movie, The Imitation Game and the screenwriter of Doctor Strange and Prometheus.

But, of course, the spotlight is primarily on Pratt and Lawrence and all the positives and negatives that come with that kind of attention. Their performances and the story premise alone should have made Passengers a blockbuster, but somewhere along the way the story takes a few too many bizarre turns and finds itself in a sea of bad lines, clichés and plot holes. By the end, rather than a passenger enjoying this film, you may feel more like a hostage to a poorly written romance wrapped in a pretty science fiction film.

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Movie Review — Why Not See ‘Why Him?’ This Holiday Season?

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It’s no wonder why James Franco has the wrinkles of a smile burned into his star-studded face; he’s played more stoners, scoundrels, and screwballs with an insatiable grimace than anyone can count by this point, and he’s hilarious at doing so. His role as Laird Mayhew in the typical “father v. fiancée” formulaic comedy is the most recent installment to this repertoire of character-types – in fact, it is perhaps his latest and greatest addition.

The strength of his performance comes not only from his surprisingly well-developed character; it also stems from how the other cast members interpret their characters and play off one another, including Bryan Cranston as Franco’s sworn-father-figure-enemy. Tightly wound Ned Fleming (Cranston) is compelled by daughter Stephanie (charmingly portrayed by Zoey Deutch) to give her eccentric boyfriend a chance, to that he reluctantly agrees. Although this commonly adapted and re-adapted formula risks suffering from some overused lines and gags – Why Him? isn’t of exception – the charming chemistry between its cast elevates the could-be tired comedy to a new level, where it preserves the integrity of even some of the more plainly-crude-and-stupid humor in the film.

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The Minnesota Vikings Can Still Make the Playoffs — Here’s How

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The Minnesota Vikings have a small chance of making the playoffs in 2016. The 7-7 Vikings, after starting off the season with so much promise, are barely hanging by their finger nails as far as their playoff hopes are concerned. In order for the Vikings to make it to the playoffs, the following things would have to happen.

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