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Review: Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen

by Steve Kelley / Published: March 10, 2017 at 6:00 am   /   Movie Reviews

I have a confession to make. I didn’t really watch Disney films as a child. Okay, that isn’t completely accurate. Dumbo was one of my favorite movies growing up, and when I was 9, my sister dragged me to the theaters to watch The Lion King for her birthday. Beyond that, though, I never watched […]

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Review: LOGAN Starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen

by Steve Kelley / Published: March 3, 2017 at 7:32 am   /   Movie Reviews

This is what we wanted, isn’t it? A no-holds-barred, unfiltered look into the world of the X-Men, as opposed to the toned-down PG-13 version offered by the previous films in the series? A chance to see Wolverine shine in his full, unadulterated glory? Hell yes. What wouldn’t have been possible were it not for the […]

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Review: ‘A United Kingdom’ Starring David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike

by Steve Kelley / Published: February 23, 2017 at 4:59 pm   /   Movie Reviews

“No man is free who is not master of himself.” And with those words, Sir Seretse Khama put in motion a turn of events that eventually re-shaped the state of Southern Africa. Heir to the throne of the Bamangwato people residing in Bechuanaland (modern-day Botswana), Seretse’s (David Oyelowo) efforts to lead his people in the […]

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Review: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Hugh Dancy

by Steve Kelley / Published: February 9, 2017 at 6:15 pm   /   Movie Reviews

Have you ever gone into a movie, hoping against all odds that it’d be a great movie, and you get completely and pleasantly surprised? Well that didn’t happen with 50 Shades Darker. I should preface this by saying that I never saw the first film, nor did I read the books that the films are […]

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Review: ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ Starring Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne

by Steve Kelley / Published: February 9, 2017 at 2:43 pm   /   Movie Reviews

Guns. Knives. More guns. And a pencil. If there’s one thing the original John Wick taught us, it’s that violence really can solve everything. Well, that and don’t ever kill another man’s dog (although in hindsight, that should already be obvious). Although it received very little fanfare ahead of its release, the original film, released in 2014, became […]

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Film Review: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna

by Steve Kelley / Published: December 16, 2016 at 1:02 am   /   Film, Local, Movie Reviews, Reviews

It’s not Star Wars. Right from the get-go, with the opening shots, Rogue One does its best to distinguish itself from the official trilogy films, Episode I-VII. And in a sense, it’s true. There’s no opening crawl, and the beloved theme is conspicuously absent. Furthermore, this is the first film in which a Skywalker doesn’t […]

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Film Review: “The BFG” Starring Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill

by Steve Kelley / Published: July 1, 2016 at 1:01 am   /   Local, Movie Reviews, Reviews

If you ask the question “What is the BFG?” to two different generations, there’s a good chance you’re going to get two very different responses. Growing up in the 90’s as a computer gamer, my first reaction when I heard the title of the movie harkened back to my days of playing DOOM and Quake […]

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Film Review: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ Starring Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, and Jessie Usher

by Steve Kelley / Published: June 25, 2016 at 10:00 am   /   Local, Movie Reviews, Reviews

Everyone’s got their share of guilty pleasures. Things that we know aren’t good (or good for us), yet we refuse to let go of. I don’t think it’s a bad thing, really, unless your guilty pleasure is like murder or something. When I was 12, a summer blockbuster named Independence Day rolled out in theaters […]

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Movie Review: ‘Warcraft’ Starring Travis Fimmel and Paula Patton

by Steve Kelley / Published: June 10, 2016 at 12:04 am   /   Local, Movie Reviews, Reviews

It’s no secret that movies based on video/computer games have never fared too well. Just glancing through the list of movies, the various Rotten Tomatoes scores read more like a senior class’s ACT scores than a rating. The mere mention of the name Uwe Boll makes film critics and video game players alike cringe in […]

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Review: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (Spoiler Free!)

by Steve Kelley / Published: December 18, 2015 at 7:42 pm   /   Local, Movie Reviews, Reviews

Fair or not, generations are often remembered by events that coincide with their lives. Stories are told to younger generations about what it was like to be alive during these events. Sometimes, these are dramatic, world-altering events, such as World War II, the JFK assassination, or the 9/11 attacks. Other times, these events are much […]

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