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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…

Review: ‘Pete’s Dragon’ is rare remake that is actually better than the original

Review: ‘Pete’s Dragon’ is rare remake that is actually better than the original

By MARK VIOLA I like to complain about all of the remakes Hollywood keeps giving us. This year alone we’re getting remakes of such classics as “Ben-Hur” and “The Magnificent…

Review: ‘Sausage Party’ may be animated, but it is definitely not for children

I said it in my weekend preview. I said it in the headline for this review. But I still feel like I should say it again. “Sausage Party” may be…

Review: Despite its problems, ‘Suicide Sqaud’ delivers fun adventure

Review: Despite its problems, ‘Suicide Sqaud’ delivers fun adventure

By MARK VIOLA While DC Comics’ attempts to catch up to Marvel Comics in the filmmaking business has made the company quite a bit of money, I doubt anyone would…

Review: Available only on Netflix, ‘The Little Prince’ is 2016’s best animated film

Review: Available only on Netflix, ‘The Little Prince’ is 2016’s best animated film

By MARK VIOLA I’ve reviewed hundreds of movies over the years, and with the lone exception of “The Interview” when it finally arrived online after having its release shuttered by…

Review: Bad script makes ‘Jason Bourne’ year’s biggest disappointment

Review: Bad script makes ‘Jason Bourne’ year’s biggest disappointment

By MARK VIOLA I have no qualms saying the Jason Bourne trilogy, which began with 2002’s “The Bourne Identity” and followed with 2004’s “The Bourne Supremacy” and 2007’s “The Bourne…

Review: Kunis, Bell lead hilarious cast in 2016’s best comedy, ‘Bad Moms’

Review: Kunis, Bell lead hilarious cast in 2016’s best comedy, ‘Bad Moms’

By MARK VIOLA Comedies are some of the hardest movies to review. A joke or situation that makes one person laugh may leave another stone-faced. I can talk about the…

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