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Finding Dory Review

The talented storytellers and animators at Pixar are too creative to be devoting so much time to sequels like “Finding Dory,” but money talks. At least they’re clever and thoughtful enough to turn an easy payday into something entertaining and heartfelt.

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The Lobster Review

As he did with his Oscar-nominated foreign film “Dogtooth,” Lanthimos builds a concept- driven story in “The Lobster” that explores the possibilities of how humans would react to well-intentioned extremism.

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Captain America: Civil War Review

Welcome to Phase III of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where the solo superhero films get an “Avengers”-sized cast and even Spider-Man can swing out of the clutches of Sony Pictures and into a Marvel Studios movie. In other words, you’d need a lot of action figures to recreate “Captain America: Civil War.”

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Midnight Special Review

There are few under-the-radar writer/directors as hot as Jeff Nichols. The “Mud” and “Take Shelter” filmmaker is an extraordinary visual storyteller, and his streak continues in “Midnight Special,” a family drama dressed as a sci-fi thriller.

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10 Cloverfield Lane Review

The J.J. Abrams Bad Robot “Mystery Box” formula has yielded lots of intriguing and successful films and television shows, perhaps none of them as cultish as 2008’s “Cloverfield,” which alongside “Paranormal Activity” put the found footage genre permanently on the map with this elusive, almost anti-Hollywood alien invasion story.


Reviews (New Rentals)

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Zootopia Review

“Zootopia” has all the best trappings of an entertaining animated family film with ample wit and heart.

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Science-Fiction

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Review

I was 12 years old in 1999 when the “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” was released. So, in many ways, I was at the perfect age for this movie – squarely in the crosshairs of the marketing’s target demographic. I had been harvested, in a way, since my true love of the original […]

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Oscar Watch

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Oscars 2016 Recap: A new socially conscious era dawns in Hollywood

If you’re one of the few who checks my site Movie Muse regularly, you probably stopped doing that sometime in the last few months. The good news is I wasn’t ignoring you (or movies), we are just having some irksome server issues this winter that locked me out of WordPress. So I’m publishing this to […]

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Movie Previews

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Summer Movie Preview 2016

Hard to believe this is my seventh summer movie preview on Movie Muse! Like most summers, the 2016 May through August movie slate is chock-full of sequels, and movies that hope to generate sequels. At this time every year, there’s so much promise, and by the end we’re left with movies that met our expectations, […]

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Recent Articles

Finding Dory Review

The talented storytellers and animators at Pixar are too creative to be devoting so much time to sequels like “Finding Dory,” but money talks. At least they’re clever and thoughtful enough to turn an easy payday into something entertaining and heartfelt.

read more

Zootopia Review

“Zootopia” has all the best trappings of an entertaining animated family film with ample wit and heart.

read more

Hail, Caesar! Review

In tackling Hollywood’s Golden Age, the Coen Brothers have made their glitziest film to date in “Hail, Caesar!”

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The Lobster Review

As he did with his Oscar-nominated foreign film “Dogtooth,” Lanthimos builds a concept- driven story in “The Lobster” that explores the possibilities of how humans would react to well-intentioned extremism.

read more

Captain America: Civil War Review

Welcome to Phase III of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where the solo superhero films get an “Avengers”-sized cast and even Spider-Man can swing out of the clutches of Sony Pictures and into a Marvel Studios movie. In other words, you’d need a lot of action figures to recreate “Captain America: Civil War.”

read more

Summer Movie Preview 2016

Hard to believe this is my seventh summer movie preview on Movie Muse! Like most summers, the 2016 May through August movie slate is chock-full of sequels, and movies that hope to generate sequels. At this time every year, there’s so much promise, and by the end we’re left with movies that met our expectations, […]

read more

Room Review

Although less commercially driven, “Room” is to 2015 as “Gone Girl” was to 2014: An acclaimed film based on an acclaimed book adapted for the screen by the author that takes the viewer into deep, psychologically troubling places. Obviously, “Gone Girl” is a mystery thriller with a creepy darkness to it, while “Room” is more […]

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Brooklyn Review

As much as “Brooklyn” is a vibrantly realized 1950s period piece, the story itself is a throwback too; it’s a reminder of a classic storytelling technique seemingly uncommon at the movies today – draw in the audience in and charm its socks off.

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Midnight Special Review

There are few under-the-radar writer/directors as hot as Jeff Nichols. The “Mud” and “Take Shelter” filmmaker is an extraordinary visual storyteller, and his streak continues in “Midnight Special,” a family drama dressed as a sci-fi thriller.

read more

10 Cloverfield Lane Review

The J.J. Abrams Bad Robot “Mystery Box” formula has yielded lots of intriguing and successful films and television shows, perhaps none of them as cultish as 2008’s “Cloverfield,” which alongside “Paranormal Activity” put the found footage genre permanently on the map with this elusive, almost anti-Hollywood alien invasion story.

read more

Oscars 2016 Recap: A new socially conscious era dawns in Hollywood

If you’re one of the few who checks my site Movie Muse regularly, you probably stopped doing that sometime in the last few months. The good news is I wasn’t ignoring you (or movies), we are just having some irksome server issues this winter that locked me out of WordPress. So I’m publishing this to […]

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Bridge of Spies Review

Following “War Horse” and “Lincoln,” “Bridge of Spies” rounds out Steven Spielberg’s trilogy of histories in the 2010s, each film earning a Best Picture nomination for being a superb piece of craft — and having Spielberg’s name attached.

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Deadpool Review

A superhero movie has never been funnier than “Deadpool.” Or more outlandish – or obscene. That should come as quite a relief to fans of Marvel Comics’ foul-mouthed anti-hero and especially Ryan Reynolds, who labored a long time to get Deadpool’s his own solo adventure on the big screen, a process that entailed – according […]

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Amy Review

A documentary on the life of Amy Winehouse could easily have been done in a conventional manner a long the lines of A&E’s “Biography” series and still been plenty compelling. Winehouse was an enigma whose tempestuous relationships with people and drugs made for ideal tabloid fodder as well as a fascinating character study. But Asif […]

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The Revenant Review

Fresh off his Oscars for “Birdman,” Alejandro González Iñárritu makes a drastic change in scope and scale with “The Revenant,” a period survival drama set in the American frontier. But while the setting is wildly different, Iñárritu is still flexing a lot of his same filmmaking muscles. He really hones his unique cinematic stamp, thereby […]

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