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Review: Murder on the Orient Express

November 14, 2017 Michael Henley

by Michael Henley It’s not that I’m asking why we need another filmed version of Murder on the Orient Express. It’s more that I’m asking…why this one? There’s been no shortage of adaptations of Agatha […]

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Rewind: Review of “La La Land”

December 23, 2016 Michael Henley

by Michael Henley Damien Chazelle’s La La Land is many wonderful things, but at its heart it’s a persistent balancing act between dozens of elements that should—by definition—cancel each other out. It’s a whirlwind Hollywood […]

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Rewind: Review of “Moana”

November 28, 2016 Michael Henley

by Michael Henley At this point, it can no longer be denied that we’re standing in a new golden age of Disney animation. These things happen in cycles. No one can dispute the classic era […]

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Rewind: Review of “Arrival”

November 11, 2016 Michael Henley

by Michael Henley There’s a wonderful sequence towards the end of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind­—a magical moment of pure cinema, in a movie that is full of them. A huge alien […]

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Rewind: Review of “Doctor Strange”

November 3, 2016 Michael Henley

by Michael Henley It begins so swimmingly. We open inside an ancient-looking Eastern temple, where a madman (Mads Mikkelsen) and his followers steal a mystical artifact. The scuffle that follows soon spills outside—not onto a […]

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Rewind: Review of “Inferno”

November 1, 2016 Michael Henley

by Michael Henley Everything you hear about Tom Hanks suggests that he’s one of the nicest guys in the movie business. I don’t doubt it for a second. If you need some definitive onscreen proof, […]

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