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Review: ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ has lots of fun with seemingly absurd combination

Review: ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ has lots of fun with seemingly absurd combination

By MARK VIOLA I’ve never read “Pride and Prejudice,” or any other novel written by Jane Austen. I have, however, read “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” Now that might seem like…

Review: ‘The Finest Hours’ is a tension-filled adventure about real life heroism

Review: ‘The Finest Hours’ is a tension-filled adventure about real life heroism

By MARK VIOLA Of the various branches of the U.S. armed forces, I probably know the least about the U.S. Coast Guard. I’d wager that’s probably true for most people…

Review: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ provides another round of anthropomorphic kung fu

Review: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ provides another round of anthropomorphic kung fu

By MARK VIOLA I tend to hold family movies, especially animated films, to just as high a standard as I do other movies. There is no reason to pander to…

Review: ‘Room’ tells a story filled with horror that somehow manages to be hopeful

Review: ‘Room’ tells a story filled with horror that somehow manages to be hopeful

By MARK VIOLA Each January, once the Academy Award nominations are announced, I begin a quest to see every Best Picture nominee I hadn’t already seen by that point. It’s…

Review: Michael Bay surprises by making an actual good movie about Benghazi in ‘13 Hours’

Review: Michael Bay surprises by making an actual good movie about Benghazi in ‘13 Hours’

By MARK VIOLA It’s impossible for me to go into a movie inside a vacuum, especially considering how much film news I read on a weekly basis, but I do…

Review: ‘Carol’ is a powerful romance with two of last year’s best performances

Review: ‘Carol’ is a powerful romance with two of last year’s best performances

By MARK VIOLA I know we’re quite a ways into 2016, but I still have some unfinished business when it comes to 2015, thanks mostly to the fact that a…

Review: Wonderful ‘When Marnie Was Here’ may be Studio Ghibli’s final movie

Review: Wonderful ‘When Marnie Was Here’ may be Studio Ghibli’s final movie

By MARK VIOLA I’ve never made it a secret that Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki is one of my favorite directors of all time, having been responsible for such movies as…

Review: DiCaprio gives the performance of his career in brutal, powerful ‘Revenant’

Review: DiCaprio gives the performance of his career in brutal, powerful ‘Revenant’

By MARK VIOLA According to Webster, revenant is defined as  “one who returns to a former place after a prolonged absence.” An alternative definition reads “the ghost of a dead…

Review: ‘The Hateful Eight’ isn’t Tarantino’s best, but it’s still lots of bloody fun

Review: ‘The Hateful Eight’ isn’t Tarantino’s best, but it’s still lots of bloody fun

By MARK VIOLA I’ve been reviewing movies for more than nine years now, so I have to be more careful about repeating myself with these little introductions. And that’s extra…

Review: ‘The Big Short’ turns the housing market collapse into a fun movie

Review: ‘The Big Short’ turns the housing market collapse into a fun movie

By MARK VIOLA In 2011, I saw “Moneyball,” a film written by Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network”) and starring Brad Pitt, which managed to take a seemingly boring subject–baseball analytics–and…