Category: Film

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'I Can Only Imagine' Captures the Glory of the Perfect Song at the Right Time

Mark Bialczak | 17 months ago

Life sure didn’t come easy for young Bart Millard.

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'The Greatest Showman' Puts Hugh Jackman's Talents Center Stage, Believe It

Mark Bialczak | 18 months ago

Everything about The Greatest Showman comes off quite grand.

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Get Ready for a Wild Ride with 'A Wrinkle in Time'

Mark Bialczak | 18 months ago

If you were a card-carrying kid of the 1960s or 70s, A Wrinkle in Time most likely made its way into your holy-cow discussions. Library card, that is.

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'Black Panther' Begins a Worthy New Chapter in the Marvel Universe

Mark Bialczak | 19 months ago

You bet that Black Panther goes where no superhero movie ever previously dared.

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'The Post' Tells It Like It Was. And Is

Mark Bialczak | 19 months ago

There is no fake news in The Post. Weak-kneed journalists need not apply as the president and his justice department followers attempt to put the clamps on a free press.

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Chadwick Boseman Demonstrates the Mighty Mountains of Inequity So Well in 'Marshall'

Mark Bialczak | 20 months ago

Before Thurgood Marshall could become one of the icons of American culture by righting so many injustices and becoming the first African American Supreme Court Justice, the young attorney had...

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Gary Oldman Embraces Winston Churchill for All He's Worth in 'Darkest Hour'

Mark Bialczak | 20 months ago

The history lessons in Darkest Hour shine various lights on Winston Churchill, the King and his Empire, and the oh-so-many players linked to them in the days that Adolph Hitler’s...

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'The Breadwinner' Delivers a Big Message with Heart, Soul

Mark Bialczak | 21 months ago

Don’t let the fact that The Breadwinner uses the format of animation to drive home its message fool you.

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Learn the Value of Family with 'Coco'

Mark Bialczak | 22 months ago

Just imagine if your family beat down your dream at every turn. And I mean your extended family. Parents, grandparents, cousins, the whole mass of generations.

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This Kid's Reality Truly Grows into a 'Wonder'

Mark Bialczak | 22 months ago

Nate and Isabel Pullman know they have something special with their son Auggie. The kid’s a true delight marching around in his NASA astronaut helmet, brandishing his love for space...

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It's Easy to Get Bullish for 'Ferdinand'

Mark Bialczak | 22 months ago

Get the bigs and littles together for a feel-good viewing of Ferdinand, why don’t you? The bull who first made a name for himself in the picture-book world of Munro...

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Get Ready to Have Your Heart Tugged by 'Only the Brave'

Mark Bialczak | 23 months ago

Only the Brave was ripped from the news. So anybody who followed the course of the Yarnell Fire of 2013 or the GQ story No Exit by Sean Flynn from...

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Kids Get Over Their Clash for the Common Good in 'Swallows and Amazons'

Mark Bialczak | 23 months ago

The Walker four and the Blackett pair are most definitely British kids floating around in their boats on the lake they reluctantly share in Swallows and Amazons.

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Judi Dench, Ali Fazal Show Us (Mostly) True Mushi Business as 'Victoria & Abdul'

Mark Bialczak | 24 months ago

Some things are not supposed to happen. An aging and bored queen eats herself into a stupor at a feast in her honor until a 24-year-old Indian clerk marches up...

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Mom Follows the 'The Book of Henry' No Matter the Chill

Mark Bialczak | 24 months ago

Genius has no limits, Henry figured, even when you’re 10 years old and raising your mother and little brother.

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'Dunkirk' Paints the Tensions of Escape on Land, Sea and Air

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

There was no getting away from the unbearable tension at Dunkirk those striking days during World War II when the German forces had the Allied troops sealed off on the...

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Emma Stone, Steve Carell Capture a Snapshot of Cultural History in 'Battle of the Sexes'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

If you lived through the ‘70s, the phrase Battle of the Sexes is no stranger. Women were working hard to get their just due, and certain men were quite reluctant...

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Sally Hawkins Captures the Spirit that Lets 'Maudie' Emerge

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

For the front portion of Maud’s life, oh, so much tried to make a point that she wasn’t worth the effort.

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The Young Bird Travels Far to Prove Good Can Prevail in 'Americano'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Life is sort of smooth for this Mexican flock as the papa and mama birds pull off their magic in making the family circus work as their son Cuco pays...

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'A Man Called Ove' Intrigues from Start to Finish

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

And one of the glories of the movie is we get to see why in bits and pieces of flashback to Ove’s youth growing up virtually in a train yard...

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Past, Present, Future Blend Majestically in 'Kaili Blues'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Kaili Blues presents a poetic prism on modern Chinese cinema.

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The Kids Are Cool, but Mom Thinks She Knows It All in 'Everything, Everything'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Teens being teens, they both want more. Especially Maddy, who longs to actually go to the ocean, which by the looks of things, can’t be so far from this gorgeous...

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You'll End Up Pulling for the Busker and the Whiskers in 'A Street Cat Named Bob'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

You can’t help rooting for James to turn his life around for good. And for Bob to come out OK, too.

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Johnny Depp Sails 'Pirates of the Caribbean' into Creepy Waters for 'Dead Men Tell No Tales'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow to continue Disney's moneymaking Pirates of the Caribbean series.

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She's Pretty Wonderful, Sure, This Woman

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Comic book lovers and TV viewers of a certain vintage certainly are no strangers to the powers of Wonder Woman.

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When 'A Monster Calls,' Brave Lad Conor Searches for Answers

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Some things in Conor O’Malley’s life are all too real.

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The Kid in the Middle Is Truly 'Gifted'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Frank Adler stood up when hard times came knocking.

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'The Shack' Brings You to Places You Can Only Imagine

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Mack had things good in life. Lovely and loving wife. Three smart and connected children. A robust family dynamic that included curious talk and practice of faith that strayed just...

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The Emotional Roar of Lion Stretches Long and Far

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Oh, what happened to 5-year-old Saroo.

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Denzel Washington comes up large in 'Fences,' and Viola Davis is more than his match

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis find the uneasy peace in 'Fences.' (From IMDb.com)

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We all won because these 'Hidden Figures' reached for the stars

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago

African American women mathematicians played a critical role in the early success of NASA. (Photo from IMDb.com)

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Gosling, Stone sing and dance their way into a faraway 'La La Land'

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling spin for each other's affection in 'La La Land.' (Photo from IMDb.com)

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Woody Allen's 'Cafe Society' lets us love his characters but not his whole story

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago

Woody Allen did a lot right in his direction of Cafe Society, the Hollywood legend’s period piece about a New York City kid coming of age in the 1930s.

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Our Communication Guy's 10 worst movies from 2016

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago

There were some stinkers on my list this year.

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Our Communication Guy's favorite 10 movies from 2016

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago

I sat and pondered with the list of first-run and Blu-Ray/DVDs I’d watched these past 12 months, thinking about the effect they’d had on me in the theater or on...

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