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Holiday movie preview

Season's screenings! Should we wait till December to talk about the 2018 holiday movies I'm most excited to see, or should we dive right in and open our previews early? I say: EARLY! Roma (Dec. 6) Writer-director Alfonso Cuaron, the blazing talent behind Gravity (for which he won a best director Oscar), was inspired

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The premise-establishing scene in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom plays like a Saturday Night Live skit with Jeff Goldblum as the host that particular week. Goldblum's Dr. Ian Malcolm is testifying at a Senate hearing about the fate of the genetically engineered dinosaurs on Isla Nublar, site of a couple of minor (cough-cough)

The Demons Within

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The Demons Within

Some 40 years after creating Travis Bickle and Taxi Driver, Paul Schrader gives us Ernst Toller and First Reformed. Travis was a tightly wound loner caught in the grips of despair. He kept a diary as he grew ever more isolated from the world around him, ever more certain he needed

This is “Brave”

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This is “Brave”

When it comes to filmmakers and actors taking chances, we have a tendency to serve up the superlative "brave" in an almost cavalier fashion at times. "It's so brave for that comic to take on a dramatic role." "How brave of that actress who isn't a supermodel to do a nude scene." "What

Summer Movie Preview

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Summer Movie Preview

This summer will give us another impossible mission for Tom Cruise and a young Han Solo going solo and more Jurassic mayhem, but I'm not highlighting any of those films in my annual roundup of the June-to-September movies I'm most excited to see. Nor am I including The Incredibles 2, The

The five best Olympics movies of all time

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The five best Olympics movies of all time

As the 2018 Winter Olympics play out in Pyeongchang, expect NBC to introduce us to dozens of athletes via well-crafted background packages that often play like mini-movies. Of course, the most memorable stories will emerge organically from the games. And those are the stories that often inspire full-length movies. In order

Movies to look forward to in 2018

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Movies to look forward to in 2018

Get your mind out of the Jedi, people! It's 2018, which means it's time to take a look at 18 for ‘18 -- the list of films I'm most keenly anticipating.The 15:17 to Paris (Feb. 9)      Clint Eastwood's newest film is about the 2015 terrorist attack on a Thalys train

The 10 most forgettable movies of the year

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The 10 most forgettable movies of the year

If I'm going to endure nonsense such as The Dark Tower and The Great Wall and Rough Night and Wonder Wheel -- and those disasters somehow escape even finding a spot on this list -- I might as well commit to ranking the absolute worst movies of 2017. So hold your

Top 10 movies of 2017

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Top 10 movies of 2017

After all these years and all these movies, I'm more appreciative than ever when a movie takes me by surprise in a positive way. And that happened a LOT in 2017. Wonder Woman, Split, Get Out, Lady Bird, Logan. One great surprise after another, and yet I couldn't quite find

Lights, camera, action!

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Lights, camera, action!

Even for the traditionally prestigious holiday movie season, the rest of the 2017 calendar is loaded with Hall of Fame talent. I'm not talking about the actors, though dozens of the brightest stars in the world WILL be featured in upcoming films. I'm talking about the filmmakers: Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth)

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