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The Edge of Seventeen – Specific and Timeless!

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THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN – Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson Photo courtesy of STX Entertainment/VVS Films

The Edge of Seventeen is not just another teen coming-of-age movie. Like John Hughes’ Pretty in Pink or The Breakfast Club, it’s a generational story that is very specific to the present but will likely be considered timeless like Hughes’ films.

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J.K. Rowling Launches Charm Offensive with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a textbook for first year students at Hogwarts. Written by Newt Scamander, it lists a number of fantastical creatures, their habitants, habits and diets – as well as the level of danger posed by each.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is also a dazzling new tale from the pen of Ms. Rowling, who wrote the clever, charming and delightful film, centered on the adventures of Scamander in the New York City of the late 1920s.

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Come to The Frontier for Twisted Neo-Noir Fun!

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A female drifter running from the law happens upon a gang that stole two million dollars in an out of the way motel/coffee shop called The Frontier.

If you’re looking for an old-fashioned gritty noir thriller with twists and turns and doublecrosses and an ending that both comes out of nowhere and, upon reflection, makes perfect sense, then you’ll enjoy The Frontier.

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Doctor Strange – It’s Not About You!

Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE..Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)..Photo Credit: Film Frame ..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

UPDATE: I just got in from seeing Doctor Strange in IMAX 3D (the advance screening was in a regular old theater). When you read – or reread – my review, square it.  S.A. Wiebe

Marvel Studios has another winner on their hands. Doctor Strange is one of the best Marvel movies – and that’s saying something!

Trailers and online behind-the-scenes featurettes have been uniformly intriguing – showing us enough to tantalize without really spoiling anything major. Just the fact that the film’s heavy-duty cast – Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetal Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg – seemed to be having great fun was more than enough to suggest something special was going on.

Then to see it… Oh, my!

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Inferno: Robert Langdon Is Back! (Yawn!)

Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones star in Columbia PIctures' "Inferno."
Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones star in Columbia PIctures’ “Inferno.”

Ron Howard’s adaptation of Dan Brown’s Inferno may be the one that kills the franchise.

Inferno is more of the same with a crazy weird puzzle that must be solved to prevent a dead biochemist’s plan to kill off half the world’s population (to save it) from coming to fruition. This must be done by a half-dead Robert Langdon who is recovering from a head trauma and the doctor who helps him.

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – Pure Action Movie Fun!

Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions
Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – based on the novel by Lee Child – is both a typical and atypical Tom Cruise action movie. It has a decent plot; plenty of action, chases (on foot and by car), clever solutions to difficult problems, and a lead female role that is an equal protagonist – and another one that could almost be a kid Reacher.

Directed by Edward Zwick (Glory, The Last Samurai), Never Go Back is plain, (kinda) old-fashioned action movie fun.

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The Accountant: Jason Bourne Via A Beautiful Mind!

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Christian Wolff is a master accountant who uncooks the books for clients varying from mob fronts to cutting edge technology providers. He is also somewhere on the high functioning autism spectrum/scale – which makes his other very particular set of skills somewhat unexpected.

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Shin Godzilla –Definitely NOT Tokyo’s Savior!

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Shin Godzilla – which opens in over 400 theaters for an eight-day run beginning Tuesday, October 11th – is the 29th in the franchise’s 32 year history.

Unlike all but the first few films in the franchise, this Godzilla is not campy – Godzilla is not Japan’s champion. Instead, it’s a destructive force of nature that, like the original, echoes the dangers of the atom. This time, though, it’s not atom bombs, but the nuclear disaster at Fukushima – and its subsequent fallout – that are being obliquely referenced.

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The Girl on the Train Is Derailed By Uninvolving Characters!

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I once asked Mike Phillips and A.O. Scott what do you say when a movie is well made; the pace is appropriate for the story; the score is perfect; that cast are acting their hearts out – and the film just connect with you.

One of them replied that I already had my answer. And The Girl on the Train is a perfect example of the kind of movie I was referring to.

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