Category: Film

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There's a Lot to Appreciate about 'Toy Story 4,' Old and New

Mark Bialczak | 5 days ago

How much of a good thing is too much?

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Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson Add Undeniable Chemistry for Con-Artist Fans

Mark Bialczak | 2 months ago

The big-con buddy movie surely is not new to Hollywood. In fact, this year’s The Hustle takes its cue from two generational films before it: Bedtime Story with Marlon Brando...

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Felicity Jones Relives the Roots of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Wisdom in 'On the Basis of Sex'

Mark Bialczak | 4 months ago

Two films released in 2018 told the gigantic story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Feel the Soap in Julianne Moore's 'Bel Canto,' But Who Gets Out of These Things Cleanly?

Mark Bialczak | 6 months ago

Picture a hostage situation where everybody gets along inside the gates.

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Feel the Pinnings on an Unlikely Friendship in 'Green Book'

Mark Bialczak | 6 months ago

At the start of Green Book, we see Tony “Lip” Vallelonga operating through famed Manhattan nightclub The Copa as if he owned the joint.

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Nobody Seems Amazed at The Rock Scaling Adversity in 'Skyscraper'

Mark Bialczak | 7 months ago

Bad guys foiled by the guy played by Dwayne Johnson?

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Rami Malek, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Live Up to the Challenges of Channeling Freddie Mercury, Queen

Mark Bialczak | 7 months ago

If you lived through and paid any sort of attention to the real life and times of one Freddie Mercury and the band he led called Queen, you should recall...

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Ryan Gosling Tackles Neil Armstrong Oh-So-Stolidly in 'First Man'

Mark Bialczak | 8 months ago

Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong stepped down that Apollo 11 ladder and made history.

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The Jurassic Dinosaurs Won't Give Up Their Kingdom without a Fight

Mark Bialczak | 9 months ago

In the fifth(!) installment of the movie series first adapted 28(!!) years ago from Michael Crichton’s forward- and backward-thinking novel Jurassic Park, the island set aside for the dinosaurs is...

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Robert Redford Sure Turns Forrest Tucker Appealing in 'The Old Man and the Gun'

Mark Bialczak | 9 months ago

Old Man and the Gun review

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The Return of Pooh Opens Everybody's Eyes in 'Christopher Robin'

Mark Bialczak | 9 months ago

Imagine, if you will, a grown-up Christopher Robin ear-deep in a dilemma. He lives in London with a wife and daughter. He’s in charge of the family luggage company.

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A Trip Back to 'Mamma Mia' Island Brings Even More Joy

Mark Bialczak | 10 months ago

The joy of ABBA’s music surely lives on with Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

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A New Batch of Stars Puts Their Hearts on the Line in this Latest Version of 'The Seagull'

Mark Bialczak | 10 months ago

Stop, in the name of love!

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Get Attached to Woodley's Great Talent in 'Adrift'

Mark Bialczak | 11 months ago

Tell Shailene Woodley that she’s Tami Oldham, and the actress is all in.

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You'll Find the Real Deal in 'The 15:17 to Paris,' but How Far Can the Heroes Carry a Movie?

Mark Bialczak | 12 months ago

There’s so much going for The 15:17 to Paris.

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That Family Style Carries On in 'Ocean's Eight'

Mark Bialczak | 12 months ago

Danny Ocean is gone, we find out in the fourth installment of the franchise that made his last name and big crime game famous, but his sister Debbie is fresh...

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'Mary Shelley' Delves into the Author's Monster of a Time Creating Her Masterpiece

Mark Bialczak | 13 months ago

The story about the making of this particular monster really is quite a dilly.

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Melissa McCarthy Sort-of-Sweetly Returns to College as 'Life of the Party'

Mark Bialczak | 14 months ago

So a middle-aged set of parents drop their daughter off for her senior year at college, and as soon as they reach the car for the ride back home, hubby...

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'Book Club' Gives Its Reliable Stars the Chance to Get Back Into It

Mark Bialczak | 14 months ago

As the wonderful, honorable stars do their reliably solid work in Book Club, I’m still not ever quite all there.

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'I Can Only Imagine' Captures the Glory of the Perfect Song at the Right Time

Mark Bialczak | 15 months ago

Life sure didn’t come easy for young Bart Millard.

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'The Greatest Showman' Puts Hugh Jackman's Talents Center Stage, Believe It

Mark Bialczak | 16 months ago

Everything about The Greatest Showman comes off quite grand.

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Get Ready for a Wild Ride with 'A Wrinkle in Time'

Mark Bialczak | 16 months ago

If you were a card-carrying kid of the 1960s or 70s, A Wrinkle in Time most likely made its way into your holy-cow discussions. Library card, that is.

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'Black Panther' Begins a Worthy New Chapter in the Marvel Universe

Mark Bialczak | 17 months ago

You bet that Black Panther goes where no superhero movie ever previously dared.

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'The Post' Tells It Like It Was. And Is

Mark Bialczak | 17 months ago

There is no fake news in The Post. Weak-kneed journalists need not apply as the president and his justice department followers attempt to put the clamps on a free press.

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Chadwick Boseman Demonstrates the Mighty Mountains of Inequity So Well in 'Marshall'

Mark Bialczak | 18 months ago

Before Thurgood Marshall could become one of the icons of American culture by righting so many injustices and becoming the first African American Supreme Court Justice, the young attorney had...

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Gary Oldman Embraces Winston Churchill for All He's Worth in 'Darkest Hour'

Mark Bialczak | 18 months ago

The history lessons in Darkest Hour shine various lights on Winston Churchill, the King and his Empire, and the oh-so-many players linked to them in the days that Adolph Hitler’s...

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'The Breadwinner' Delivers a Big Message with Heart, Soul

Mark Bialczak | 19 months ago

Don’t let the fact that The Breadwinner uses the format of animation to drive home its message fool you.

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Learn the Value of Family with 'Coco'

Mark Bialczak | 19 months ago

Just imagine if your family beat down your dream at every turn. And I mean your extended family. Parents, grandparents, cousins, the whole mass of generations.

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This Kid's Reality Truly Grows into a 'Wonder'

Mark Bialczak | 20 months ago

Nate and Isabel Pullman know they have something special with their son Auggie. The kid’s a true delight marching around in his NASA astronaut helmet, brandishing his love for space...

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It's Easy to Get Bullish for 'Ferdinand'

Mark Bialczak | 20 months ago

Get the bigs and littles together for a feel-good viewing of Ferdinand, why don’t you? The bull who first made a name for himself in the picture-book world of Munro...

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Get Ready to Have Your Heart Tugged by 'Only the Brave'

Mark Bialczak | 21 months ago

Only the Brave was ripped from the news. So anybody who followed the course of the Yarnell Fire of 2013 or the GQ story No Exit by Sean Flynn from...

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Kids Get Over Their Clash for the Common Good in 'Swallows and Amazons'

Mark Bialczak | 21 months ago

The Walker four and the Blackett pair are most definitely British kids floating around in their boats on the lake they reluctantly share in Swallows and Amazons.

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Judi Dench, Ali Fazal Show Us (Mostly) True Mushi Business as 'Victoria & Abdul'

Mark Bialczak | 21 months ago

Some things are not supposed to happen. An aging and bored queen eats herself into a stupor at a feast in her honor until a 24-year-old Indian clerk marches up...

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Mom Follows the 'The Book of Henry' No Matter the Chill

Mark Bialczak | 22 months ago

Genius has no limits, Henry figured, even when you’re 10 years old and raising your mother and little brother.

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'Dunkirk' Paints the Tensions of Escape on Land, Sea and Air

Mark Bialczak | 23 months ago

There was no getting away from the unbearable tension at Dunkirk those striking days during World War II when the German forces had the Allied troops sealed off on the...

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Emma Stone, Steve Carell Capture a Snapshot of Cultural History in 'Battle of the Sexes'

Mark Bialczak | 23 months ago

If you lived through the ‘70s, the phrase Battle of the Sexes is no stranger. Women were working hard to get their just due, and certain men were quite reluctant...

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Sally Hawkins Captures the Spirit that Lets 'Maudie' Emerge

Mark Bialczak | 24 months ago

For the front portion of Maud’s life, oh, so much tried to make a point that she wasn’t worth the effort.

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The Young Bird Travels Far to Prove Good Can Prevail in 'Americano'

Mark Bialczak | 24 months ago

Life is sort of smooth for this Mexican flock as the papa and mama birds pull off their magic in making the family circus work as their son Cuco pays...

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'A Man Called Ove' Intrigues from Start to Finish

Mark Bialczak | 24 months ago

And one of the glories of the movie is we get to see why in bits and pieces of flashback to Ove’s youth growing up virtually in a train yard...

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Past, Present, Future Blend Majestically in 'Kaili Blues'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Kaili Blues presents a poetic prism on modern Chinese cinema.

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The Kids Are Cool, but Mom Thinks She Knows It All in 'Everything, Everything'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Teens being teens, they both want more. Especially Maddy, who longs to actually go to the ocean, which by the looks of things, can’t be so far from this gorgeous...

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You'll End Up Pulling for the Busker and the Whiskers in 'A Street Cat Named Bob'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

You can’t help rooting for James to turn his life around for good. And for Bob to come out OK, too.

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Johnny Depp Sails 'Pirates of the Caribbean' into Creepy Waters for 'Dead Men Tell No Tales'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow to continue Disney's moneymaking Pirates of the Caribbean series.

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She's Pretty Wonderful, Sure, This Woman

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Comic book lovers and TV viewers of a certain vintage certainly are no strangers to the powers of Wonder Woman.

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When 'A Monster Calls,' Brave Lad Conor Searches for Answers

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Some things in Conor O’Malley’s life are all too real.

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The Kid in the Middle Is Truly 'Gifted'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Frank Adler stood up when hard times came knocking.

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'The Shack' Brings You to Places You Can Only Imagine

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Mack had things good in life. Lovely and loving wife. Three smart and connected children. A robust family dynamic that included curious talk and practice of faith that strayed just...

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The Emotional Roar of Lion Stretches Long and Far

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Oh, what happened to 5-year-old Saroo.

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Denzel Washington comes up large in 'Fences,' and Viola Davis is more than his match

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis find the uneasy peace in 'Fences.' (From IMDb.com)

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We all won because these 'Hidden Figures' reached for the stars

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago

African American women mathematicians played a critical role in the early success of NASA. (Photo from IMDb.com)

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