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“Goodnight Mommy” ditches horror clichés for disturbing chills

Nate Hunt

October 15, 2015

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There are no jump scares nor is there a reliance on many of the traits that are often overused in a horror movie, yet “Goodnight Mommy” is one of the most frightening, most gut-wrenching films I’ve ever seen. We are int...

“Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation” a slick and thrilling spy film

Nate Hunt

October 15, 2015

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“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” opens with action movie veteran Tom Cruise clinging for dear life to the side of a cargo plane. Impressively, this stunt was performed without the use of CGI, with only a harness pre...

“Sicario” addresses relevant issue of drug war

Daniel Baas

October 9, 2015

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For centuries in Europe, warfare was carried out in an organized manner. Both sides would meet on the field of battle and when one side had clearly won, the losing commander would turn his sword over to the victor. These ru...

“The Intern” a feel-good comedy with wide audience appeal

Helen Groothuis

October 9, 2015

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It seems as though great, feel-good comedies are in short supply these days, but this fall brings us “The Intern” from director Nancy Meyers. It’s not just good – it’ll make you feel a lot better when you leave the t...

“Black Mass” provides excellent performances, rich story

Daniel Baas

September 27, 2015

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When going to a movie, the viewer typically has an idea where the story is going to go. When it comes to “Black Mass,” the story is real, that James “Whitey” Bulger is considered one of the most notorious gangsters in...

“Inside Out” is great addition to classic Pixar films

Nate Hunt

September 20, 2015

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Many critics had feared that the middling success of “Cars 2,” “Brave”  and “Monsters University” meant that Pixar was experiencing a severe  case of writer’s block that might never end. It certainly seemed that...

‘Jurassic World’ is fun, but ultimately disappoints

Nate Hunt

September 10, 2015

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I have generally found that films which get off to a bumpy start have a knack for picking up speed in the second and third acts. Unfortunately, this is not the case with “Jurassic World,” the fourth installment in the “Ju...

Avengers: Age of Ultron is fast, light and fun

Christian Becker

May 8, 2015

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The most anticipated movie event of the summer has finally hit theaters in the form of a superhero rock concert. When thinking about the large cast and all it has to live up to, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” had a lot of challenges...

‘Theory of Everything’ is a moving success

Christian Becker

February 26, 2015

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It’s not often that a historical biopic has the ability to surprise you. The story can teach you things about a person you never knew, but rarely does it shift direction so vastly from what it appeared to be on the surface. “The...

“Old Fashioned” Christian romance is cheesy but uplifting

Ericka Buitenhuis

February 13, 2015

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Christian guy meets runaway girl. Girl and guy deny attraction. Girl and guy fall in love. We can all guess what happens next of course, right? Wrong. Although “Old Fashioned” has all the elements of a romance flick, this...

‘The Interview’ timely but unnecessary

Nate Hunt

February 6, 2015

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“The Interview’s” evolution from stoner comedy blockbuster to controversial art house film status began back in June when the North Korean government took offense to the film’s plot. As the movie’s action revolves around...

American Sniper a grim film about country and family

Nate Hunt

January 22, 2015

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Credited as being the most lethal sniper the United States has ever seen, former Navy Seal Chris Kyle was said to have ended over 160 lives before his untimely death in 2013. In “American Sniper,” director Clint Eastwood...