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'Arrival' astounds with surprisingly simply goal
Jan Thijs/Paramount PicturesAmy Adams stars as linguist Louise Banks in Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi thriller “Arrival,” tasked to communicate with aliens landing on Earth.
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Amy Adams stars as linguist Louise Banks in Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi thriller “Arrival,” tasked to communicate with aliens landing on Earth.
Typically when you think of alien invasion films, you expect a war film on some level. But when Canadian director Denis Villeneuve ("Prisoners," "Sicario") thinks of one, it's vastly different.
Friday, December 9, 2016


'Rogue One' delivers galaxy far, far away's best since 'Empire'
In the first anthology film in the "Star Wars" franchise, a lot rides on "Rogue One" to succeed. And it's easy to say that it will.
Friday, December 23, 2016

'Allied' soars with impressive leads
1942.

Casablanca.

During the height of World War II, we meet a pair of spies, one male, Canadian, and one female, French, tasked with assassination the German ambassador to Morocco. Having never met before, the two carry out the task, falling for each other along the way. (subscriber access)

Friday, December 2, 2016

'Fantastic Beasts' is a pretty 'Potter' prequel
Casting is still the greatest part of any of the "Potter" films, and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which came out Friday, is no exception. Every character and actor matching is as if they were bred for each other.
Thursday, November 24, 2016

'Doctor Strange' offers fresh story to Marvel
Just when you thought Marvel couldn't add anymore elements to their already stacked palette, they throw "Doctor Strange" at us. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 10, 2016

'Hacksaw Ridge' delivers masterpiece
"Let me get one more."

And he definitely got more.

"Hacksaw Ridge" follows Desmond Doss during World War II, where Doss became the first person to receive the Medal of Honor while being a conscientious objector, refusing to harm another person.(subscriber access)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

'Inferno' barely escapes from hell
800 years ago, Dante created our modern perception of hell, enlightening us with his tale of traveling through its depths and back in his "Divine Comedy."

800 years later, the work is used as a terrorist plot to solve the world's problem with overpopulation.

Friday, November 4, 2016

'The Accountant' succeeds despite trying too hard
Ever wanted to be an accountant?

No?

How about an assassin accountant?

Never crossed my mind either, which turned out to be an interesting facet of Warner Bros.' "The Accountant."

Friday, October 21, 2016

A parallel world of the 'Toy Story' franchise - 'Wreck-It Ralph'
Disney was no doubt inspired by the world of the “Toy Story” franchise when creating “Wreck-It Ralph.”
Friday, November 16, 2012

A quirky, whimsical young-love story
If you’ve seen “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou,” or “The Darjeeling Limited,” you know that director Wes Anderson has a style in and of his own.
Friday, September 14, 2012

A gangster film with a small town feel

By the end of this film, you forget that it’s based on a true story. 

At least, I did.


Friday, September 7, 2012

Movie Review: 'Spider-Man' - It's an amazing web he weaves
Hollywood has always had its pulse on the American psyche – producing films that not only entertain but provide an intimate look into who we are at that specific point in time.
Friday, July 13, 2012

Movie Review: 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'
In today's day and age, the issues portrayed in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" are not relevant.
Friday, April 27, 2012

Movie review: 'Crazy, Stupid Love' and 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'
Lakeland Times features writer Sarah Hirsch reviews two films that might be great to rent this weekend.
Friday, April 20, 2012


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