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"Before I Fall" familiar, but compelling

Living in a perpetual loop does not sound appealing at all, but living in a loop that ends in disaster sounds horrific, but that is what happens to Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch) in “Before I Fall.” Directed by Ry Russo-Young and written Maria … more

Coker takes on SXSW Edu

My first day out at SXSW Edu, I attended a couple of workshops, which I will write about at more length, but on Tuesday, I attend the education Expo, where top universities, local schools – public, charter and private showcase their "goods." The … more

"Logan" an ending and a new beginning

We are used to origin stories when it comes to our superheroes. Whether we look at Avengers, Batman, Superman or X-Men, there is a sense of character connection when we know from whence they came. While “Logan,” starring Hugh Jackman and Patrick … more

‘Gladys Ormphby’ settled down in Texas

Drab, handbag-wielding TV character Gladys Ormphby never met a celebrity she didn’t feel compelled to smack senseless at the slightest provocation. Short in both statue and patience, the feisty diminutive spinster’s victims,  such as Dean … more

"Fifty Shades Darker" and no shades deeper

Scores read the “Fifty Shades” novels and scores flocked to the theatre for the first disappointing film installment of the wildly popular, super-soft-porn novels. Grey and Steel are back in “Fifty Shades Darker.” While the sex scenes are … more

Remembering Ernest Borgnine at 100

It would be hard to argue that Ernest Borgnine wasn’t universally admired by fellow actors and fans. Raised in Connecticut and after a spell in the Navy, Borgnine found his calling as an actor, debuting in the 1951 adventure film “China … more

"A Dog’s Purpose" a total flop

Dog lovers will flock to see “A Dog’s Purpose,” based on the 2010 best-selling novel written by American humorist W. Bruce Cameron, but most will leave the theater disappointed. Top billed veteran Dennis Quaid and actress Peggy Lipton (of Mod … more

Beverly Washburn and Richard Herd relive old-time radio

The magic of sitting in a studio audience watching voice actors produce live radio theater in the 30s and 40s isn’t entirely lost forever, thanks to The Society To Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety and Comedy (SPERDVAC). A non-profit … more

"Patriots Day" depicts Boston Marathon bombing

The Boston Marathon bombing is one of those events that embed itself in the collective memory, like the shuttle explosions (the first in 1986), the Oklahoma City (1994) bombing and the twin towers going down (2001).  We remember the good too, but … more

"20th Century Women" relevant today

Many things delineate a generation – years, decades, the culture and the people. “20th Century Women” manages to perfectly depict a period in the past, all the while making its themes feel 21st century relevant. Starring Annette Bening in an … more

"Silence" worthy of noisy praise

Martin Scorsese’s ambitious film “Silence,” starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, delves into Christian ministries to Japan in the 15th century. Scorsese, who co-wrote “Silence” with Jay Cocks, took nearly three decades to … more

Best films of this year

I am always perplexed this time of year, when I hunker down and try to lay out the “best of” list for the year. I scour over the names of films that I watched over the past nearly 12 months, and I peek at the lists created by other critics, even … more

A tribute to Fisher and Reynolds

It is difficult to imagine losing a child, even one who is 60 years old.  Actress, singer, humanitarian and businesswoman Debbie Reynolds lived to see it, but not for long. Just one day after the death of her equally famous daughter, Carrie Fisher, … more

‘Assassin’s Creed’ tanks the big screen

Video games rule the world of entertainment, at least if we take into consideration how many hours kids and some adults spend playing them. Many parents struggle this time of year to find gifts for children who statistically participate in far fewer … more

‘Fences’ one of the best films of the year

A fine line exists between creating an outstanding film from a stage production – be it a musical or standard play. Many have accomplished it successfully – consider Chicago, Pygmalion (aka My Fair Lady), Barefoot in the Park, Casa Blanca and … more

Film related to beloved sci-fi franchise will delight audiences; special effects in particular stun

For generations, fans have flocked to theatres to see the Star Wars films played out in impressive, visually magnificent sci-fi fashion. Nothing can surpass seeing something spectacular for the very first time – the Grand Canyon, the Eiffel Tower, … more

'Rogue One' a must-see

For generations, fans have flocked to theatres to see the Star Wars films played out in impressive, visually magnificent sci-fi fashion. Nothing can surpass seeing something spectacular for the very first time – the Grand Canyon, the Eiffel Tower, … more

‘A Pentatonix Christmas’ delivers holiday harmony

In just five years since winning the third season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” Pentatonix has amassed a huge following with almost two billion views on the group’s YouTube channel.In October, the a cappella quintet released “A Pentatonix … more

‘Manchester by the Sea’ delights

It could have been easy for actor Casey Affleck to fall under the shadow of his brother Ben, and for a time, it looked like he might, but in his latest film “Manchester by the Sea,” Affleck demonstrates why we should stand up and take notice. … more

Veteran comedian Rich Little still impresses

When veteran comedian and impressionist Rich Little appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom during the swearing in ceremony for his U.S. citizenship in 2010, the Canadian native granted the presiding judge an unusual request.“He wanted me to say the … more
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