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Review: ‘Magnificent Seven’ is a fun and action-filled Western adventure

Review: ‘Magnificent Seven’ is a fun and action-filled Western adventure

By MARK VIOLA It would be nice to go a few weeks without using the term remake, but it seems 2016 is not going to allow me that luxury. After…

Review: ‘Storks’ delivers plenty of laughs as it answers where babies come from

Review: ‘Storks’ delivers plenty of laughs as it answers where babies come from

By MARK VIOLA I don’t have kids, but I have to imagine that one of the moments parents dread most is when they face the question, “Where do babies come…

Review: ‘Blair Witch’ rips off the original film but doesn’t improve upon it

Review: ‘Blair Witch’ rips off the original film but doesn’t improve upon it

By MARK VIOLA “The Blair Witch Project” has been parodied and blatantly ripped off so many times over the past 17 years, it’s hard to remember sometimes just how effective…

Review: Eddie Murphy returns to movies with perhaps his best role yet in ‘Mr. Church’

Review: Eddie Murphy returns to movies with perhaps his best role yet in ‘Mr. Church’

By MARK VIOLA When a famous actor or actress disappears from the limelight, one of two things happens. We either notice or we don’t. In the case of Eddie Murphy,…

Review: The Miracle on the Hudson comes to life in the wonderfully acted ‘Sully’

Review: The Miracle on the Hudson comes to life in the wonderfully acted ‘Sully’

By MARK VIOLA Bad news is easy to find. Just turn on your television and you’ll see stories about terrorism, tragedy, war, violence, unrest and conflict. We’ve had our own…

Review: Don’t waste your money by watching truly awful ‘Mechanic: Resurrection’

Review: Don’t waste your money by watching truly awful ‘Mechanic: Resurrection’

By MARK VIOLA Last week in my review of “Ben-Hur,” I railed against remakes. Nothing new. This week, “Mechanic: Resurrection,” the sequel to 2011’s Jason Statham-starring “The Mechanic,” which itself…

Review: ‘Ben-Hur’ remake was almost a decent film but it crashes before the finish line

Review: ‘Ben-Hur’ remake was almost a decent film but it crashes before the finish line

By MARK VIOLA I’m betting by now you’re tired of hearing me rant about remakes. Frankly, I’m tired of ranting about remakes. Maybe if the vast majority of remakes weren’t…

Review: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ is another beautiful stop-motion animated film

Review: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ is another beautiful stop-motion animated film

By MARK VIOLA Although we’ve had several animated films set records at the box office this year, one medium within the animation field which remains somewhat of a dying art…

Review: Kendrick, Rockwell are crazy in love in hilarious ‘Mr. Right’

Review: Kendrick, Rockwell are crazy in love in hilarious ‘Mr. Right’

By MARK VIOLA Some films never get a wide enough release to make it to a theater nearby. Sadly, one of those films is the highly entertaining “Mr. Right,” starring…

Review: ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ may not have been able to sing, but Streep still soars

Review: ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ may not have been able to sing, but Streep still soars

By MARK VIOLA There’s a running joke in Hollywood that if Meryl Streep is on screen, she is likely to get nominated for an Academy Award. It’s only happened 19…

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