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THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS review

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“The Light between Oceans” takes-place in a post-World War I Australia, and a job has opened for a lighthouse keeper just off of the coast.  Tom Sherbourne, a war veteran, is stuck in life and still-struggling from the war’s effects as he accepts the position; living a day’s boat journey from the nearest civilized area.  Upon arriving at the lighthouse, he meets a beautiful young woman named Isabel.  Tom performs his duty, while often writing Continue reading

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OUR LITTLE SISTER review

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From acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda, “Our Little Sister” focuses on three young sisters, Sachi, Yoshino, and Chika, living in Kamakura, Japan; based on the manga series “Umimachi Diary”bu Akimi Yoshida.  As they are living on their own, they learn of their father’s, who they haven’t seen in over 15 years, passing.  Looking for some closure, the sisters attend his funeral; where they Continue reading

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WAR DOGS review

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War Dogs posterHustling Their Way to the American Dream

The following is based on a true story.  “War Dogs”, the latest effort from Todd Phillips, follows the lives of David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli in Miami during the mid-2000s.  David is working as a licensed massage therapist, massaging rich old people for seventy-five dollars an hour.  At a funeral for one of their friends, David sees Efraim (his old best friend) for the first time in a while and he is faced with an incredible opportunity.  Efraim is Continue reading

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KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS review

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Laika’s latest animated-offering, “Kubo and the Two Strings”, opens with a voiceover telling us all to pay very close attention.  A young woman and her child in ancient Japan are traveling through a vicious storm, until a wave crashes sending them both ashore.  Some years later, Kubo (the child on the boat) spends his days taking care of his catatonic mother and playing a magical three-string guitar, which causes Continue reading

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PETE’S DRAGON review

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Pete's Dragon posterSome Secrets are Too Big to Keep

In a small mill town in the Pacific Northwest, there are forests as far as the eye can see.  “Pete’s Dragon” opens with tragedy, as a young child becomes an orphan and is lost in the woods, only to be saved by a green big dragon.  Fast-forward six years.  Pete has been living out in the forest with Elliot, his big green dragon.  One day, Pete is spotted Continue reading