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Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017

‘Split’ is a creepy, bold and sometimes bat-bleep absurd thriller

The writer-director M. Night Shyamalan shook up the movie world in the late 1990s and early 2000s with beautifully constructed, breathtakingly original films such as “The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable” and “Signs.” For about a decade,...

‘Patriot Day’ recounts another real-life tragedy in exciting but reverent fashion

We go from breaking news alerts to “based on a true story” movies in fairly rapid fashion these days. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the coast of New Orleans happened in April 2010. “Deepwater...

‘A Monster Calls’ is an unabashedly sentimental and wonderfully inspirational story

Even with all the special effects and practical effects wizardry available to the movie world, sometimes you see a fable brought to live action on the big screen and you think: “Hmmmm. Maybe it...

‘Hidden Figures’ is an inspirational story of three black female mathematicians

Raise a glass of holiday cheer to “Hidden Figures,” the “Rocky” of math movies. You might just find yourself applauding during certain moments of dramatic triumph in Theodore Melfi’s unabashedly sentimental and wonderfully inspirational film,...

‘Passengers’ contains an off-putting, ridiculous storyline

One night in the near future, you’ll be on the sofa, surfing at-home movie viewing options, and you’ll come across “Passengers.” Hey, you’ll say to yourself or to the person occupying the seat next to...

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ is teeming with exciting action sequences, peppered with...

If you’ve somehow lived your whole moviegoing life outside of the “Star Wars” galaxy and you wouldn’t know a Lord Vader from a droid from a Rebel Alliance, I believe you’d still enjoy “Rogue...

‘Office Christmas Party’ is one of those loud, forced, party-hard movies

Have you ever worked for a company that failed miserably, despite all the wonderful and talented people working there? “Office Christmas Party” is the holiday comedy movie version of such a business. Despite the eminently likable...

‘Bad Santa 2’ is a lazy, crummy-looking, poorly paced, why-bother follow-up

Ho Ho No. If you were thinking of checking out “Bad Santa 2” in a movie week where some truly wonderful films are arriving in theaters, this is me, standing at the ticket counter, pointing...

‘Moana’ is an animated musical bursting with gorgeous visuals

Indeed, Moana IS a princess in that she is next in line to become the ruler of a Polynesian island where the people live in harmony, with only one rule all must abide by: Never...

‘Fantasic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is an effective if not everlasting magical...

What a wonderful wizard world. Some 15 years after the release of the first “Harry Potter” movie, the J.K. Rowling cinematic universe expands to the past and to the spin-off world with “Fantastic Beasts and...