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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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Movie Reviews | December 24, 2016
‘Fences’ took decades to get to big screen
Denzel Washington’s film version of the August Wilson play “Fences” opens around the country on Christmas Day, but it’s a story nearly 30 years in the making.
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Movie Reviews | December 24, 2016
Heartfelt 'Fences' remains relevant to our times
“Fences,” August Wilson's heartfelt, rough-hewn play about a working-class black family in postwar Pittsburgh, had its debut in 1983 but feels exceptionally relevant today.
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Butler Eagle Online Movie Reviews | December 17, 2016
‘Rogue One’ is a dark, exhilarating blast
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story “ seemed suspicious on paper, like any film saddled with the dreaded “spinoff” label. As it turns out, those should-be liabilities were only assets in the end. “Rogue One” is a bold and stirring adventure film that will have both fans and casual observers spellbound.
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Butler Eagle Online Movie Reviews | December 10, 2016
'Office Christmas Party' throws a holiday rager
Movie-wise, the office Christmas party is the great dismantler of white-collar worker-bee life. Set out the booze, turn down the lights, and suddenly the cubicle walls around staid office life are blown away by heartbreak (“The Apartment”) or Hans Gruber (“Die Hard”).
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Movie Reviews | December 10, 2016
Ebullient ‘La La Land’ is something to sing about
In time for Christmas, there’s the eye-popping, heart-lifting “La La Land,” which both honors and modernizes the screen musical to such joyful effect that you might find yourself pirouetting home from the multiplex.
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Movie Reviews | December 3, 2016
‘Man Down’ waits too long to deliver worthy message
“Man Down” carries a poignant message about American veterans’ mental health needs, but you may give up on the movie before it gets there. Nothing is clear until the film’s final moments, which hit with a gut punch just before the credits roll.
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Butler Eagle Online Movie Reviews | December 3, 2016
‘Jackie’ is worthy depiction of American figure
Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain’s mesmerizing “Jackie” is an intimate and existential exploration of one of the 20th century’s most iconic figures, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The spiritual, somber and deeply intellectual script by Noah Oppenheim delves into Jackie’s experience during and immediately after the assassination of her husband, President John F.
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Movie Reviews | November 26, 2016
‘Bad Santa 2’ doesn’t offer much comfort, joy
If you like a little sour lemon juice in your holiday eggnog, “Bad Santa 2” just might suit your taste.
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Butler Eagle Online Movie Reviews | November 26, 2016
'Rules Don't Apply' rules farce genre
There's no comic form more treacherous than farce. Characters compete to get whatever they desperately want. Different needs clash, obstacles prevent them from making their connections, or they just get confused. People cross paths in improbable sexual pairings and trouser-dropping recombinations.
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