The ‘Eyes’ Have It

For those who remember televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” provides a nostalgic look back to the ‘80s toppling of their PTL network through sex scandals and financial fraud. Thanks to dead-on portrayals by Andrew Garfield and Jessica Chastain, even those unfamiliar with the Bakkers will be riveted by the actors playing the religious duo.

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Remembering Kings & Castles

On this 20th anniversary of 9/11, one movie stands to assure that I will never forget.

Growing up, I spent the majority of my formative years glued to a television gorging myself on a steady diet of B-horror movies. In 1976, while America celebrated its bicentennial, I was a 7 year-old celebrating an early Christmas with the release of Dino De Laurentiis’ remake of “King Kong.”

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Hook

With an obvious love for the original film, writer/producer Jordan Peele’s (“Get Out”) “Candyman” is a credible continuation and makes the hook-handed boogeyman timely for the 21st century (which is exactly what you want a sequel/reboot to do). Do you have to see the original “Candyman” to enjoy the new one? No, but you’ll appreciate it more if you do.

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Waterworld

Writer/director Lisa Joy (HBO’s “Westworld” co-creator) uses her sci-fi savvy to fashion “Reminiscence,” a standard detective drama that’s overshadowed by its futuristic setting and sketchy logic. Add underdeveloped characters, clunky hard-boiled dialogue and technological leaps-of-faith and you’ve got a film too glossy to be the gritty gumshoe movie it wants to be.

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Evil Under The Sun

Famous for his twists, M. Night Shyamalan gives audiences a slow turn (and burn) in his new film “Old.” While competent, it doesn’t connect as well as it should. By prioritizing the plight of too many people, their strange situation trumps your caring about the characters. Ultimately, “Old” has all the excitement of watching a butterfly in a killing jar and wondering if it’ll get out.

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Kiss of the Spider Woman

Overblown action sequences and a silly storyline are standard fare for comic book movies; “Black Widow” is no exception. Having grown up watching the ‘60’s “Batman” TV show, I wasn’t fazed. What came off as slightly campy to me was solidly sold by its stars-the cast makes “Black Widow” move at a better pace than it deserves.

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The Seven Year Itch

This month marks our blog’s seven-year anniversary. Credit for this site goes to Bill who created it, came up with its cool look, and posts everything you see.

 In figuring out what kind of movie review site this should be, Bill wanted one question answered: “What’s the best movie I’m not watching?” (Bill’s directness and clarity is as piercing and succinct as his excellent impression of Terence Stamp’s General Zod in “Superman II”). Since 2014, I’ve brought attention to good movies by writing about them but there’s only been one movie I wish I’d written about and fits Bill’s query- underrated, overlooked and a completely satisfying film surprise. In appreciation for everything he does, I’ve decided to finally answer Bill’s question. To scratch that seven year itch, here’s the review that’s long overdue …from 2016, it’s “The Light Between Oceans”.

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Shattered Glass

In the tradition of “Gone Girl” and “The Girl on the Train” and streaming on Netflix is “The Woman in the Window”- a tired “Rear Window” rip-off that leads you down an overgrown garden path until you’re bleeding from scratching against its thorns.

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Fire Walk with Me

 If Taylor Sheridan (“Sicario,” “Hell or High Water”) hadn’t directed “Those Who Wish Me Dead,” you’d have a bland thriller. Instead, the balance of time between the good guys and the bad guys keeps you interested, the action scenes keep the story moving, and the actors believably sell their routine roles.

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I Am Wrath

What director Guy Ritchie’s “Wrath of Man” lacks in the humor of his previous crime films like “Snatch” or “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” he makes up for in an above-average throwback to one-man wrecking crew movies where a mysterious stranger appears and spells trouble for the bad guys who can’t quite make him out.

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