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Review: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ is a disappointing disaster of a movie

Review: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ is a disappointing disaster of a movie

By MARK VIOLA Twenty years ago, “Independence Day” blasted its way into theaters, blowing up half the world in the process, along with making Will Smith an action star and…

Review: ‘Free State of Jones’ tells a fascinating true story from the American Civil War

Review: ‘Free State of Jones’ tells a fascinating true story from the American Civil War

By MARK VIOLA One hundred and 51 years after the end of the American Civil War, there are still plenty of high emotions surrounding the conflict, especially here in the…

Review: ‘Finding Dory’ returns to the sea for a wonderful Pixar adventure

Review: ‘Finding Dory’ returns to the sea for a wonderful Pixar adventure

By MARK VIOLA It’s hard to believe that it’s been 13 years since “Finding Nemo” first swam into theaters. The film, along with other early stalwarts such as “Toy Story”…

Review: ‘Central Intelligence’ is not as funny as it should be with Hart, Johnson

Review: ‘Central Intelligence’ is not as funny as it should be with Hart, Johnson

By MARK VIOLA Sometimes you look at a film and on paper, it has everything going for it. One such movie is the new spy comedy, “Central Intelligence,” which stars…

Review: ‘Warcraft’ is more than just a great video game adaptation, it’s a great fantasy film

Review: ‘Warcraft’ is more than just a great video game adaptation, it’s a great fantasy film

By MARK VIOLA I’ve mentioned–more times than I can count–that there is a nearly complete dearth of good video game film adaptations. Sure, we have our guilty pleasures here and…

Review: ‘Now You See Me 2’ isn’t as good as the original, but it’s still a fun show

Review: ‘Now You See Me 2’ isn’t as good as the original, but it’s still a fun show

By MARK VIOLA Every once in awhile, a movie will simply surprise me. That was the case with 2013’s “Now You See Me,” directed by Louis Leterrier and starring Jesse…

Review: ‘Apocalypse’ is a good, fun ‘X-Men’ movie but it is not as good as the previous two

Review: ‘Apocalypse’ is a good, fun  ‘X-Men’ movie but it is not as good as the previous two

By MARK VIOLA We’ve reached the point that it seems there’s another superhero movie every month. In fact, there’s quite a few people out there who are just sick of…

Review: ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ is the film equivalent of a filler episode

Review: ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ is the film equivalent of a filler episode

By MARK VIOLA Every once in awhile, I’ll come across a movie that isn’t that great, but I still enjoy it probably more than I should and more than the…

Review: ‘Angry Birds’ plays homage to the games, but doesn’t do much to tell its own story

Review: ‘Angry Birds’ plays homage to the games, but doesn’t do much to tell its own story

By MARK VIOLA Our phones have taken over our lives. We all know it. If we’re not taking selfies or checking our Facebook feed, we’re playing games–never at work of…

Review: ‘The Nice Guys’ brings the audience back to 1977 for a hilarious mystery

Review: ‘The Nice Guys’ brings the audience back to 1977 for a hilarious mystery

By MARK VIOLA “The Nice Guys” is everything I was hoping for and more. The often hilarious movie is from writer/director Shane Black, probably best known these days for directing…

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