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Reviews the dark tower
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Over eight novels stretching out across four decades and two centuries, Stephen King’s Gunslinger has pursued his arch-nemesis, the Man in Black, across not just of the fallen Mid-World, a post-apocalyptic, post-industrial wasteland, but ours (or a reasonable facsimile) too, with the fate of the multiverse, as always…

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1944 (Film Movement) was Estonia’s 2016 official Academy Award entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category. 1944 is a World War II drama about the citizens of this small Baltic nation who were turned against each other by rival superpowers. The events in the film depict the bitter aftermath of five years of invasion and occupation. First seized by Soviet Russia, then by Nazi Germany, Estonia ended up with more than 50,000 men forced to fight for the Red Army and over 70,000 for the German military.

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The Circle (Lionsgate) of the title is a tech/social network giant patterned along the lines of Google and Facebook. At its ultra-modern “campus,” employees can enjoy free gourmet food, connect with workers who share similar interests, attend lavish parties, and enjoy countless other amenities. Mae Holland (Emma Watson), hired as a customer service representative, is thrilled to be working at a company with a high coolness quotient and among mostly young people, like herself.

NP Approved ghost story
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David Lowery, throughout the few films he’s made, has proved himself to be a unique, distinctive voice – one heavily inspired by the works of filmmakers such as Terrence Malick and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, yet still retaining enough of his individual style to be more than a mere imitator. Lowery’s brand of visual…

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There’s a moment in Detroit, Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Point Break, Near Dark) and Mark Boal’s masterful, searing follow-up to 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty, where a middle-aged, African-American man clutches framed photos of his reportedly dead son, his face a mask of grief, doubt, and denial. He refuses to admit that his teenage son is dead, the …

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To frame or not to frame: That was the question facing screenwriter Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire, Act of Valor, 300) and stunt-coordinator-turned-director David Leitch (John Wick) faced when they decided to collaborate on Atomic Blonde, an end-of-the-Cold-War action-thriller based on Antony Johnston and Sam Hart’s graphic novel,

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Unforgettable (Warner Home Video) is a dramatic thriller about Tessa Conniver (Katherine Heigl), who is having difficulty coping with the end of her marriage when ex-husband David (Geoff Stults) becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Rosario Dawson). This brings Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lily (Isabella Kai Rice). Trying to settle into her new life, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams — the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessa’s jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s dream into a living nightmare.

Reviews valerian
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You can’t argue with Luc Besson. The man knows how to spend upwards of $200 million – $209 million by one report, $225 million by another – on his latest, soon-to-be-but-maybe-not-debacle, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Besson’s big-screen adaptation of Pierre Christin Jean-Claude Mézières’…

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Kong: Skull Island (Warner Home Video), set during the Vietnam era, is about a group of secret government officials and U.S. troops who venture to an island in the South Pacific surrounded by a raging storm. On the island, the group comes in contact with prehistoric creatures and finds itself stranded as, one by one, their number is diminished as they battle assorted critters in search of a way to escape. Once title character Kong makes his entrance, the movie is all his, despite an unusually top-flight cast consisting of Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, Brie Larson and John C. Reilly.

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