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This is the greatest show

Published Jan. 30, 2018

About a month ago I found a time slot that worked for a movie, and took my 6 year-old daughter to the Marcus North Shore Cinema to see "The Greatest Showman." I didn't read any reviews, didn't check Rotten Tomatoes and knew almost nothing about the story line. My verdict?

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"That Awkward Moment" when the latest rom-com is a total bro-verload

Published Feb. 6, 2014

Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Zac Efron are three tremendously talented young actors. Yet, for two smug and chauvinistic hours, I couldn't stand these guys. That's the power of "That Awkward Moment." It took three of the most compelling, charming young actors we have working, and forced them into inhumane characters and contrived rom-com scenarios that made me wish physical harm upon them.

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"At Any Price" an engrossing look at the seedy side of the corn business

Published May 26, 2013

In a summer season filled with superheroes, intergalactic adventurers and Baz Luhrmann at his Baz Luhrmann-iest, I wouldn't blame you for overlooking the tiny corn industry indie "At Any Price." For audiences looking for a respite from the usual testosterone-filled summer chaos, however, director Ramin Bahrani's modest movie might just fit the bill.

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"The Paperboy" a wet, sloppy, sweaty mess

Published Nov. 5, 2012

Just a few months ago, William Friedkin's "Killer Joe" took an unpleasant story featuring murder and sexual embarrassment, and made it a dementedly captivating genre mash-up. Lee Daniels, who struck Oscar gold with "Precious" in 2009, does not have the same sense of control with "The Paperboy," a sweaty, swampy mess of a movie.

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"The Lucky One" can't say the same for audiences

Published April 20, 2012

Nicholas Sparks, most famously known as the author who created the source novel for the blockbuster tearjerker "The Notebook," "Dear John" and others, is returning to the big screens with "The Lucky One" this weekend. And, much like his previous offerings, this one delivers the similarly bland, vanilla romance security blanket moviegoers have come to expect from him.

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"The Lorax" fails to find a happy medium

Published March 2, 2012

With the country becoming more and more polarized, the upcoming release of "The Lorax" had the potential to take Dr. Seuss' famous kid-friendly environmental fable and turn it into an informative and entertaining tale about keeping all things in moderation. Yeah ... not so much.