Patriots Day FILM REVIEW

PATRIOTS DAY Director: Peter Berg Screenplay: Peter Berg & Matt Cook and Joshua Zetumer Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist Rated R for violence, realistically graphic injury images, language throughout and some drug use Running Time: 2 hours 13 minutes **** out of ***** Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (KEVIN BACON), Sergeant Tommy Saunders (MARK WAHLBERG) and Commissioner Ed Davis (JOHN GOODMAN) look over some security camera footage in director Peter Berg's PATRIOTS DAY. Unless you're from the state of Massachusetts, Maine or a United States history buff, you likely haven't heard about the state holiday of Patriots Day.

Live By Night FILM REVIEW

LIVE BY NIGHT Director: Ben Affleck Screenplay: Ben Affleck Starring: Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Cooper, Sienna Miller Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity Running Time: 2 hours 8 minutes **1/2 out of ***** Joe Coughlin is a gangster on the rise in Ben Affleck's gangster drama LIVE BY NIGHT. In the 1930s and 1940s, gangster films, as well as westerns, were the type of escapist entertainment audiences flocked to see at their local cinema. At the time, only a few generations separated audiences from the reality of the old west and the exploits unfolding on screen. However, gangster films were very relevant, very

Silence FILM REVIEW

SILENCE Director: Martin Scorsese Screenplay: Jay Cocks & Martin Scorsese Based on the novel by Shûsaku Endô Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Yoshi Oida Rated R for some disturbing violent content Running Time: 2 hours 41 minutes ****1/2 out of ***** Father Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) journeys to Japan to find a fellow Jesuit priest and has his faith tested every step of the way in Martin Scorsese's SILENCE. Being atheist, born and raised a Roman Catholic, has certainly had an impact on how I watch a film which is steeped in religion and the matter of faith. 'Faith-based' films can be so heavy-handed and preachy that

The Autopsy of Jane Doe FILM REVIEW

THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE Director: André Øvredal Screenplay: Ian B. Goldberg and Richard Naing Starring: Emile Hirsch, Brian Cox, Ophelia Lovibond, Michael McElhatton, Olwen Kelly Rated R for bloody horror violence, unsettling grisly images, graphic nudity, and language Running Time: 1 hours 39 minutes **** out of ***** Tommy (Brian Cox) and Austin (Emile Hirsch) Tilden, father and son coroners, uncover startling evidence during a routine medical examination. Thanks to many seasons of the Emmy award winning crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation I developed a fascination and appreciation for forensic science. In particular, likely at the time due to my gleeful enjoyment of the horror

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story FILM REVIEW

Jyn Erso leads a band of rebels on an impossible mission to help topple the Empire in ROGUE ONE. Jyn Erso is called upon to lead an impossible mission. Lead a band of rebels who must infiltrate the Empire and gather all the intel they can find on the Empire's new weapon, the Death Star. SPOILER- FREE FILM REVIEW SPOILER REVIEW *** Stars Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Director: Gareth Edwards Screenplay: Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn, Wen Jiang, Riz Ahmed Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action Running Time: 2 hours 13 minutes Rating Scale: ***** = Outstanding

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