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DOWNHILL review

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A Different Kind of Disaster Movie

Based off the Swedish film “Force Majeure”, this re-imagining follows a family during their vacation in the Alps.  In “Downhill”, Billie (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Pete (Will Ferrell) are enjoying their stay at a luxurious ski resort, along with their two boys.  After their first day of fun, the rest of their week becomes much more than they bargained for.  During their lunch atop the mountain, a controlled blast sends snow hurtling towards them like an avalanche as they Continue reading

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BOMBSHELL review

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Exposing the Disgusting Antics of an Icon

One of the more powerful and grotesque films of 2019 is the sharply-directed and brilliantly-acted “Bombshell”.  Based on the true story of Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) and the downfall of his legacy at Fox News, the film focuses on Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) during the time of her sparring with then-Presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Fox News Debate; fresh off of his controversial remarks about women.  Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) soon after is Continue reading

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STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER review

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An Epic Conclusion to the Skywalker Saga

As all things must end, it was an odd feeling in my chest as I sat down in the theater seat before the lights dimmed and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” began.  Lucasfilm flashes on the screen, then bam!  The music blares, the crawl begins and I was instantly transported back to my childhood.  Our heroes are still on the run from the First Order.  Rey (Daisy Ridley) continuing her Jedi training with Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) on a mission of their own, as Supreme Leader Kylo Ren Continue reading

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THE AERONAUTS review

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Reach for the Open Sky

How did weather forecasting get its start?  Well, 2019’s “The Aeronauts” gives us a glimpse at forecasting’s birth as well as the remarkable, courageous scientists that paved the path for the luxuries we enjoy today.  The film opens as James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) and Amelia Rennes (Felicity Jones) are about to set sail in a weather balloon high up-into the sky; on a journey that will, hopefully, be filled with Continue reading

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KNIVES OUT review

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I Suspect Foul Play

When famous author and millionaire Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) dies mysteriously the night of his 85th birthday party, his family is left in a state of shock.  Upon discovery of his body, his death is ruled a suicide and the family is left in disbelief.  After the funeral, Detective Lt. Elliott (LaKeith Stanfield) and Trooper Wagner (Noah Segan) begin interviewing various members of the family so they can close the file of Harlan’s demise.  It becomes increasingly apparent that Continue reading