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Review: ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ is a heartfelt and hilarious comedy

Review: ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ is a heartfelt and hilarious comedy

By MARK VIOLA I tend to follow movie news more than most, so it is rare that I go into a movie almost entirely cold. But that was the case…

Review: Iconic ‘Killing Joke’ graphic novel comes to life

Review: Iconic ‘Killing Joke’ graphic novel comes to life

By MARK VIOLA DC Comics’ latest animated film is “Batman: The Killing Joke,” the company’s first R-rated animated offering. The movie not only adapts one of the most popular and…

Review: ‘Secret Lives of Pets’ pulls back the veil on what our animals are up to

Review: ‘Secret Lives of Pets’ pulls back the veil on what our animals are up to

By MARK VIOLA I’m sure everyone with a pet or two has wondered just what they get up to while we’re not at home. Do they just sit at the…

Review: ‘Legend of Tarzan’ provides plenty of summer popcorn entertainment

Review: ‘Legend of Tarzan’ provides plenty of summer popcorn entertainment

By MARK VIOLA Tarzan, the boy raised by apes in the jungles of Africa, has refused to leave our collective popular culture in the 104 years since Edgar Rice Burroughs…

Review: ‘The BFG’ may be one of the truest live action adaptations of a children’s book

Review: ‘The BFG’ may be one of the truest live action adaptations of a children’s book

By MARK VIOLA It’s somewhat hard to describe my surprise upon leaving Steven Spielberg’s live action adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book “The BFG” when I realized that I had…

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…