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Movie Reviews | February 18, 2017
‘Fist Fight’ is rough, raunchy, rousing success
In “Fist Fight,” a rowdy, vulgar, surprisingly bloody action-comedy, human punching bags Charlie Day and Ice Cube are knocked across the screen by assorted wallops, fire extinguisher blasts, head butts, random billy clubs, hostile jailbirds, office rivals in the chaotic big city high school where they teach, unruly students, nincompoop co-workers and runaway horses.
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Butler Eagle Online Movie Reviews | February 18, 2017
‘The Great Wall’ defies expectations
The buzz on “The Great Wall” has been less excitement and more puzzlement and controversy.
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Butler Eagle Online Movie Reviews | February 11, 2017
‘Lego Batman’ is awesome
In the spring of 2016, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” darkened the doorway of nearly every multiplex across America. Almost exactly a year later comes the animated “The Lego Batman Movie,” set in a universe where everyone and everything is made of Legos. Guess which movie has more humanity, heart and sheer entertainment value?
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Movie Reviews | February 11, 2017
‘John Wick 2’ is an extravagantly violent good time
Before you buy a ticket to see “John Wick: Chapter 2 ,” the improbably fun sequel to the implausibly good “John Wick,” you might want to ask yourself how much tolerance you have for gun shots to the head, because there are a lot of those in “John Wick: Chapter 2.”
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Movie Reviews | February 4, 2017
‘I Am Not Your Negro’ is radical and of the moment
Somewhat deep into the searing and utterly necessary documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” director Raoul Peck overlays audio from a 1960 U.S. Government film “The Land We Love,” in which the narrator extols the virtues of America and the freedoms afforded all citizens, with images from the 1965 Watts riots.
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Butler Eagle Online Movie Reviews | February 4, 2017
‘The Comedian’ is tragically unfunny
Tragically unfunny, “The Comedian” reminds us that not even great actors can knock one out of the park every time.
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Butler Eagle Online Movie Reviews | January 28, 2017
McConaughey glitters in ‘Gold’
It’s been said that Matthew McConaughey is a character actor trapped in a leading man’s body.
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Butler Eagle Online Movie Reviews | January 28, 2017
‘A Dog’s Purpose’ is adorable, but forgettable
Screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky said there are two kinds of scenes in screenplays: “the Pet the Dog scene and the Kick the Dog scene.” Canine love letter “A Dog’s Purpose” manages to work in both. You might be surprised that this sappy, family-friendly tribute to man’s best friend kills its main character within mere moments.
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Movie Reviews | January 21, 2017
Fun performances aren’t enough to save ‘Split’
“Split” is a movie in which James McAvoy plays a man with 23 personalities.
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Butler Eagle Online Movie Reviews | January 21, 2017
Michael Keaton fascinating as Kroc in ‘The Founder’
The title “The Founder” is in some ways a perplexing descriptor for a biopic of Ray Kroc, the man who took the McDonald’s burger restaurant from a local favorite to a global behemoth.
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Movie Reviews | January 14, 2017
Martin Scorsese shows his passion in ‘Silence’
Martin Scorsese’s career is built on stacks of films that have looked at the good and bad sides of humanity. The battle between these areas has been the fodder for works from “The Last Temptation of Christ” to “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
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Butler Eagle Online Movie Reviews | January 14, 2017
‘Patriots Day’ is blunt, but effective
“Patriots Day,” Peter Berg’s film about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, lands with all the subtlety of one of the deadly explosions that claimed three lives and injured 264 others.
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Butler Eagle Online Movie Reviews | January 7, 2017
‘Hidden Figures’ is an uplifting tale
There’s no requirement for a movie to be unique or groundbreaking in order to succeed. “Hidden Figures” tells a singular story in textbook fashion, creating a conventional, feel-good, part-fictional history lesson that would fit in any high school.
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Movie Reviews | January 7, 2017
Affleck wears too many hats in ‘Live By Night’
With “Live By Night” there’s the sinking feeling that Ben Affleck should perhaps reconsider his tendency to star in the films he directs. He’s proven to be a gifted filmmaker, but the weaknesses in his oeuvre are more often than not his leading performances, which are usually the least interesting parts of his films.
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Butler Eagle Online Movie Reviews | January 7, 2017
Washington treaded lightly in adapting ‘Fences’ to film
NEW YORK — When August Wilson’s widow toured the set for the new movie based on his play “Fences,” she carefully examined the modest two-story brick house, the small yard and the tree where a ball hung from a rope — and she wept.
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Butler Eagle Online Movie Reviews | December 31, 2016
Plot device sinks promising trip for ‘Passengers’
Like the Titanic before it encountered that iceberg, “Passengers” initially takes its viewers on a more-than-promising trip. It is sometime in the near future, and regular-dude Jim (Chris Pratt) is traveling on a spaceship, on his way to a new civilization and a new life.
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