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Film Review: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Starring Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe

by Steve Kelley / Published: November 10, 2017 at 8:24 am   /   Movie Reviews

“I see the world as it should be.” And with that, a simple explanation for how Hercule (pronounced Air-kyool) Poirot is able to deduce mysteries so easily. He’s weathered by age, old enough to not be fooled through naivete, yet idealistic that he remains optimistic, perhaps even yearning for a world without the crimes he’s […]

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Film Review: ‘Thank You For Your Service’ Starring Miles Teller, Beulah Koale, Joe Cole

by Steve Kelley / Published: October 27, 2017 at 8:39 am   /   Movie Reviews

“What do we do?” It’s a question that hangs in the air during one crucial early scene in Thank You For Your Service. Home from Afghanistan, desperate for a sense of normalcy, Tausolo “Solo” Aieti (Beula Koale) presents the question to Adam Schumann (Miles Teller), his best friend and squadmate. In the last couple decades, […]

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Film Review: ‘Only the Brave’ Starring Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges

by Steve Kelley / Published: October 20, 2017 at 9:15 am   /   Movie Reviews

Maybe it’s because they don’t fight a physical enemy, but for some reason, movies about firefighters tend to be pretty scarce. Sure, there was Ladder 49, the old classic The Towering Inferno, and of course, Backdraft, perhaps the most highly-regarded firefighter movie of all-time. Much of the first half of the film is the standard […]

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Review: Indie Survival Horror Game ‘Kholat’ Now Available On Microsoft Store

by Steve Kelley / Published: October 20, 2017 at 8:48 am   /   Videogame Reviews

Kholat is available on the Microsoft Store for $19.99. A couple years ago, I found a website called Pinterest Fail, where people posted their attempts to mimic projects they found on Pinterest. The premise is simple: terrific ideas, but less-than-stellar executions. Be it the fault of the creator or the design, the end results on […]

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Interview: Jeff Nations of Rookie of the Year

by Steve Kelley / Published: August 12, 2017 at 11:14 am   /   Local

Ask Jeff Nations what he’s doing at any given moment, and there’s a pretty good chance the answer will revolve around music. “I was hooked the second I picked it up,” he professes when talking about receiving his first guitar for his 11th birthday. “I’ve always been genuinely interested in music and have had a […]

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Review: ‘Atomic Blonde’ Starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella

by Steve Kelley / Published: July 28, 2017 at 8:46 am   /   Movie Reviews

The main star of the film (besides Theron), however, are the fights. In his solo directorial debut, David Leitch (co-director of John Wick) sticks to his strengths, and the end result is a collection of action sequences that made me pull a muscle just watching. The absolute highlight of the film is an eight-minute fight […]

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Review: ‘The Mummy’ Starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis

by Steve Kelley / Published: June 9, 2017 at 7:27 am   /   Movie Reviews

Even when it tries to be its own film, the movie is essentially a barrage of overdone jump scares with little suspense. Don’t worry, though, there’s a plethora of them, because even though Ahmanet and her undead minions walk and crawl at a slow pace in one scene, they’re always able to catch up to […]

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SPOILERS: Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien: Covenant’ Gives Some Answers, One Step Closer to LV-426

by Steve Kelley / Published: May 22, 2017 at 10:53 am   /   Movie Reviews

WARNING: This review has spoilers for Alien Covenant, including major plot points. If you’re wanting a spoiler-free review, check out Jeremy’s take on it. You have been warned.  There’s a scene in the original Alien that’s always stuck in my head. Armed with a flamethrower, Dallas is crawling through the airducts of the Nostromo, trying […]

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Review: ‘The Lovers’ Starring Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Aidan Gillen

by Steve Kelley / Published: May 5, 2017 at 8:45 am   /   Movie Reviews

Sometimes, the fairy tale doesn’t work out. Everyone who’s dated knows the drill. You meet someone, you fall in love, and everything’s perfect. As time goes on, though, you wear on each other, and the spark slowly fades to the point that you’re nothing more than tax-saving roommates. And that’s the catch of The Lovers. […]

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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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