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THE SHAPE OF WATER – Guillermo del Toro

The shape of water

Which film has gotten me this excited? THE SHAPE OF WATER, directed by Guillermo del Toro, who is without a doubt, a self proclaimed fanboy, and perhaps the poster child for fanboys everywhere. Del Toro is famed for bringing us great fantasy stories. HELLBOY 1 & 2, PAN’S LABYRINTH, and PACIFIC RIM, are just a few that bring us into his world, and his slant on addressing every day life situations.

Posted March 6th, 2018.

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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – Rian Johnson

STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI

That old familiar theme song queues…and we’re all once again transported to a…GALAXY FAR, FAR, AWAY… It’s hard to believe, but this year marks 40 years since the release of the very first, STAR WARS film, in 1977! I have been a major fan since day one. I saw the first film when I was 6 years old, and have been to every opening weekend, of every STAR WARS film ever since. The franchise has certainly come a long way.

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Posted December 25th, 2017.

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SUBURBICON – George Clooney

SUBURBICON

Suburbicon, rated R, is a cross between a crime drama, and a dark comedy. Directed by actor George Clooney, and co-written with the Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan (known for their twisted, dark comedies such as, Fargo), this film carries what I call, a one-two punch. So, with the strange title, what is Suburbicon about?

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Posted November 18th, 2017.

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MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS – Kenneth Branagh

Murder on the orient express

Of course, many of you may already know and love the great works of author, Agatha Christie. She has dazzled us with many fine murder mysteries, some of which have been made into films. In 1974, an all star cast, including actor Albert Finney, as detective Hercule Poirot, and Lauren Bacall as Mrs. Hubbard, just to mention two, brought us the last rendition of Christie’s gripping novel.

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Posted November 17th, 2017.

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BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Denis Villeneuve

BLADE RUNNER 2049

In the summer of 1982, I was 11 years old.  That summer you could find me at the movies more often than not.  Some of the greatest films were released that year, such as E.T., Poltergeist, The Thing, and many others. However, one of the biggest science fiction blockbusters from that year released was Blade Runner, so you could bet I’d be there.

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Posted October 15th, 2017.

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IT – Andrés Muschietti

IT 2017

IT is now worldwide on the big screen! However, this is not the first adaptation of this terrifying novel, the original was a television mini-series re0leased in 1990, starring the great Tim Curry as, Pennywise the Clown. Stephen King has entertained many of us for over 40 years, with some of the most monstrous villains of all-time, but ask any King fan, and they’ll tell you that Pennywise (IT), is the ultimate boogeyman!

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Posted September 15th, 2017.

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WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES – Matt Reeves

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

This third, and final film of the franchise, so they say, is the sequel to 2011′s, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, and 2014′s, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, both successful films, and this new film, is no exception.

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Posted July 23rd, 2017.

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SPIDER-MAN:HOMECOMING – Jon Watts

SpiderMan homecoming

This latest superhero film from MARVEL Studios, is still as exciting as the first, and is what’s being termed, you guessed it, a reboot of a reboot. The first Spider-man film was released in 2002, with Tobey Maquire, and two sequels followed in 2004, and 2007.

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Posted July 23rd, 2017.

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES – Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg

Pirates of the caribbean 5

My first film review published in the Tri County Sun was, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, May 31, 2011. It seems befitting that 6 years later, to the date, I would be reviewing yet another in the series of these films. Once again, Johnny Depp returns to the high seas as Captain Jack Sparrow in, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES.

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Posted June 8th, 2017.

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 – James Gunn

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, is the 15th film in the MARVEL STUDIOS Universe, and once again directed by James Gunn. With his new film we find our rag-tag team of humans, aliens, a tree, and a raccoon, all back to kick alien butt, and save the universe!

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Posted May 14th, 2017.

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