Casey Affleck

Dec 30 2016

Review: “Manchester By The Sea”

If 2016 gave us an unforgettable drama, it was “Manchester By The Sea”. Since “Gone Baby, Gone” (directed by his older brother Ben), Casey Affleck has seemed to fly just under the radar, comfortably nestled in his niche of challenging dramatic/indie roles, nary a rom-com nor comic book flick on his résumé. This film is […]
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Feb 26 2016

Triple 9

Director John Hillcoat  (“Lawless”) takes a page from David Ayer’s playbook with his dim perspective of law enforcement in the violent crime thriller “Triple 9”, which follows a gang of bank robbers embroiled in a heist that spirals out of control. A multi-character drama with talent to spare, Hillcoat’s foray into the urban jungle proves an invigorating […]
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Nov 4 2014

“Interstellar” – Mike’s review

A lot like his 2010 film “Inception”, Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” deals in multiple layers of time and space. In the not-too-distant future, Earth is close to running out of natural resources; corn is the last remnant of agriculture, and massive dust storms occur on a regular basis. After a gravitational anomaly leads him to a […]
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Nov 4 2014

Interstellar

Please note: this review originally gave Interstellar three stars in 2014. The intervening years have provided a different perspective worth a rating change in 2019. ***** “What’s the most resilient parasite? A bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm?” “What Mr. Cobb is trying to say—“ “An idea. Resilient, highly contagious. Once an idea’s taken hold […]
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Dec 6 2013

Out of the Furnace

I often gripe – probably too much – about films in which the characters are not adequately developed. Such is not the case with “Out of the Furnace”, the new film from director Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”), though I suppose it would be hard for a filmmaker to come up empty with the likes of […]
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Nov 5 2011

Tower Heist

(This review was originally published on November 5, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) It’s good to have Eddie Murphy back in the realm of comedy, and a relief to know that characters like Reggie Hammond and Billy Ray Valentine still have a place amongst the Norbits and Pluto Nashes that have weighed down his bag of […]
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