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SING Review

SING Review

Posted 6 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

The power of song has no end. It can either rally the troops for an expected victory, or spark a mood and help the blood flow through your body. Dipping its hand into the jar of greatest hits from the past few decades, Illumination took a little of both notions to create a fun loving film with cute animals to sell the show. They sold it well for the most part too. Whether you’re familiar with the song choices or not, they’re fun and will have you singing along with them. The decisi

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ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Review

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Review

Posted 6 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Once upon a time it seemed like the lush universe of Star Wars had come to an end. Yet in a galaxy far, far away, there’s an endless amount of story that’s too important not to explore. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story jumps right in, enhancing the classic story that started it all. Not only is this another great addition to the film franchise, it plants itself within it as if it was there from the beginning. True craftsmanship from a collective team of old school filmma

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COLLATERAL BEAUTY Review

COLLATERAL BEAUTY Review

Posted 6 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Losing a child is possibly one of the worst things imaginable. The thought of it is shaking. So, who better to act out these emotions on screen than the talented Will Smith? Not too many actors can compete with his range, even though this film has a diverse cast. If you were thinking Oscar worthy, you wouldn’t be far from reality. The question is for what category? It’s a safe bet to put your money on Smith’s performance, but other than that you may be risking it. While h

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LA LA LAND Review

LA LA LAND Review

Posted 6 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Director Damien Chazelle loves him some jazz music, and if he keeps pushing it I’ll become more of a fan myself. He knows how to give life to the music before, during, and after a set is played on top of the electricity the art form already possesses. It’s hard to forget Whiplash from just two years ago. The ending from that film was arguably one of the best endings in film history. While La La Land doesn’t have the same great conclusion, it still has great key moments that a

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OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY Review

OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY Review

Posted 7 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

What a way to try and cash in on the holiday movie season. That’s all Paramount Pictures tried to do with their version of an Office Christmas Party. Someone close to me had doubts from the trailers suggesting the cast would be richer than the overall impact of the film. They were right to an extent, because the cast didn’t do much either. What type of office worker are you, if any? Are you the kind that lurks around in mystery, obsessed in curiosity about your co-workers’ li

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MAN DOWN Review

MAN DOWN Review

Posted 7 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

It doesn’t get any more serious than those who are suffering from PTSD. It’s a condition that flares up far too much for men and women that have fought for their country. For those that have gone through this, the level of appreciation for their sacrifice is infinite. That doesn’t mean a film can use it as a trump card to improve the quality of the film. Man Down had a clever title that ties in so well with the main character Gabriel Drummer (Shia LaBeouf), and it should&rsqu

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MISS SLOANE Review

MISS SLOANE Review

Posted 7 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

If you learn anything from Miss Sloane, it would be to know your opponent at all times, trying to predict as many moves as possible. The preparation of her daily duties was that of a brand-new clock that’s constantly working and never breaks. The film asks huge moral questions that will bring up interesting conversations regarding how much is too much. If not already known, it reveals the sinister-like behavior some possess just for the sake of winning. It’s sickening, yet at the s

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BAD SANTA 2 Review

BAD SANTA 2 Review

Posted 7 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

On the surface, anal sex and Christmas aren’t two things that would typically coincide with one another. Somehow they were the perfect match back in 2003 when Bad Santa hit theaters. That film was a combination of the most random things that should’ve caused a disaster, but worked through movie magic. The protagonist was a lazy drunk, who ripped off his neighbors and lied to children. He was verbally abusive and just all out irresponsible, which at the same time was shockingly hila

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FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Review

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Review

Posted 7 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

The Harry Potter series had its time to shine several years ago, making a big splash across the world among all age groups. It was a luxurious world of magic and mystery conjured up by the magnificent mind of J.K. Rowling. A whole new world was created, and in some fashion world building has no end. The amount of potential to it is limitless, and that’s the case here with Fantastic Beasts taking place seventy years before the main story. I’ve seen all of the Harry Potter films, and

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BLEED FOR THIS Review

BLEED FOR THIS Review

Posted 7 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

There’s a huge difference between giving up and walking away. These lines are often blurred, and if not distinguished it can have a great effect on someone trying to reach great heights. Apparently, that was a choice Vinny Pazienza (Miles Teller) had to make. It was a hard decision, but he didn’t appear to care about the outcome. It wasn’t clear if he wanted all the fame and glory, or had nothing to lose and was trying to end his life in disguise. Both sides of the argument h

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THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Review

THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Review

Posted 7 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

If the title of the film suggests that once the main star turns eighteen she’ll grow up and stop whining, then it’s the best title ever in film history. That may be a stretch, but it still fits on many levels. Teenage years are full of adventures of growing up. Some are good and some are bad. When telling a story, a balance needs to be maintained to stomach the runtime, or said story may be only tailored to a select few. It’s not clear who this was aimed for, and whether that

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ALMOST CHRISTMAS Review

ALMOST CHRISTMAS Review

Posted 7 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Even though the cast has a strong track record from previous films, there was something about the trailers that wasn’t appealing. It just seemed like another generic throw away project that would contain cheap jokes, with no heart, to make a little money. Sometimes surprises can come in all shapes and sizes, and this time it came wrapped up in Almost Christmas gift paper. With such a large cast, everyone had their time to shine; whether it dealt with comedy, drama, or a little bit of bot

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ARRIVAL Review

ARRIVAL Review

Posted 7 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Of course, you’ve seen alien films before. They’ve been hitting theaters left and right for a great number of years now. No one wants more of the same, and that’s why Arrival seems so intriguing. There was no violence or destruction in the marketing. It’s sold for figuring out the mystery. The why, where, and what are the lingering questions. The moral compass in the film is so huge it’s breathtakingly immeasurable on the positive side. That doesn’t mean thi

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Green and Red Band Trailers released for 'SNATCHED' from 20th Century Fox

Green and Red Band Trailers released for 'SNATCHED' from 20th Century Fox

Posted 6 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

This Mother’s Day weekend, Amy Schumer & Goldie Hawn get snatched. Watch the new trailer for #SnatchedMovie below! SNATCHED hits theaters everywhere on Mother’s Day Weekend 2017! Check out the trailers below Green Band Trailer     Red Band Trailer

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HACKSAW RIDGE Review

HACKSAW RIDGE Review

Posted 8 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

For such a hard time during American history (World War II), it would’ve been easier to just jump in line, doing what the great powers at be suggested. It was an emotional set of years strung up on passion and rage to do what was thought to be right. Everyone had their own ideals and stood by them firmly. Even Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) had a set of his own and wouldn’t let them go. Being a product of his environment, the film gave a detailed account of who Desmond Doss was and

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DOCTOR STRANGE Review

DOCTOR STRANGE Review

Posted 8 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

With Marvel now diving into the 14th film in their cinematic universe, it’s about time for things to get a little strange. Just like their previous successes, this chapter too has a stellar cast that’s nothing short of amazing. There’s been talk of superhero/comic book fatigue from pundits and critics all around, but this time there’s something different that will shock fans. With his directorial vision, Scott Derrickson (Sinister)claiming this is the best visuals displ

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MOONLIGHT Review

MOONLIGHT Review

Posted 8 months ago By Emeka Anyanwu

I went in expecting one thing, but got something a bit different. Something a bit unexpected. It wasn`t just in that the depiction of Miami was different than is typically seen, but in the story itself and in the storytelling of the life and experiences of Chiron (Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes). Typically, when you go to a coming of age film, you may expect to watch the unfolding of the main character discovering his or her identity as it is shaped by his or her experiences

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TROLLS Review

TROLLS Review

Posted 8 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Once upon a time, everywhere you looked there was a chance you’d see a child playing with a troll. They’re cute, little creatures with hair that is as bright as a rainbow and stretched as high as the sky. So it was inevitable that a film would be made with Trolls front and center. At first glance, most would look at this as another throw away animation only geared towards children, or at least I did. Fortunately, it’s much more. Not only will you smile, you’ll want to s

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INFERNO Review

INFERNO Review

Posted 8 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

The Oscar winning director, Ron Howard, has an endless list of spectacular achievements on his resume. I haven’t personally seen them all, but one of my favorites is Rush; which hit theaters back in 2013. It was something about the two main leads and their never-ending competition that defined them and made for an awesome and inspiring story. So how does a director deliver such great content, then struggle to deliver the same level of greatness right after? There could be several reasons

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JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK Review

JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK Review

Posted 8 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Its been 13 years since Tom Cruise and director Edward Zwick teamed up together for The Last Samurai. It’s a must see and a reason one should be interested in seeing this chapter of Jack Reacher. From the outside it looks like just another action adventure movie, and it is. Audiences are always looking for something new in a genre they love, and Jack Reacher delivers that to some level. If I had to distinguish between the first and second film, I’d say the first is a slow chess gam

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OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL Review

OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL Review

Posted 8 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

It’s puzzling to imagine what went on in the mind of the creator of this particular board game. Were they just sitting around one day and said, “Hey, I’m going to make a game that summons demons,” or was it some personal experience that motivated them to do so? Maybe that’s just a great idea for a story, but we all know this game is real and has been for quite some time. Since It’s popular to know the origin of every creation, director Mike Flanagan (Oculus)

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AMERICAN HONEY Review

AMERICAN HONEY Review

Posted 8 months ago By Emeka Anyanwu

Based on the high praise it seems to be getting from everyone else, I suppose I`ll just say I just don`t get it. American Honey is just not for me. I walked in the theater wondering if 2 hours and 43 minutes was really necessary for this film, and I walked out with confirmation that it was not. Though I will admit, the pace (for the most part) was such that it didn`t feel long at all. And while I`m talking about the positives, Sasha Lane and Shea Labeof did a great job as Star and Jake. The ch

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THE ACCOUNTANT Review

THE ACCOUNTANT Review

Posted 8 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

When you hear the word accountant you wouldn’t be alone if you thought of someone at a desk calculating numbers all day. It can be a tedious anti-climactic profession, or the thrilling career of a driven individual. The last thing you’d probably imagine is a trained, autistic, killing machine that has an obsession with finishing tasks; though The Accountant is so much more than even that. It’s a character piece on a rising condition that takes hold of many lives, with twists

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THE BIRTH OF A NATION Review

THE BIRTH OF A NATION Review

Posted 9 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Within history there’s so much to tell and pass on to future generations. Some figures are plastered on the covers of history books with their statues erect for the world to see, while others are forgotten or swept under the rug. If only all historical figures had a chance to tell their side of the story who knows what world we’d live in today. One of those stories that most have never heard of is that of Nat Turner (Nate Parker). He was an African-American who led a rebellion of s

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Marvel's LUKE CAGE Season 1 Review

Marvel's LUKE CAGE Season 1 Review

Posted 9 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Finished Marvel`s Luke Cage on Netflix this morning, and I loved every moment of it. With the three series so far leading up to the Defenders being, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and now Luke Cage, the latter is far superior. I may be biased due to the fact the cast is 99% African American, but the way they represented themselves made me even prouder than I already am.   The soundtrack alone is so serious that it would bring new life to a vegetable. Some of those beats were sick,&n

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DEEPWATER HORIZON Review

DEEPWATER HORIZON Review

Posted 9 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Just like everyone else who wakes up every day to go to work, you expect to come home to your loved ones. You never know what the day will throw at you, and that’s what can make life a thrill ride. Though some jobs are more dangerous than others, and the average person doesn’t think about those who get dirty on a daily basis so your life can be easier. That’s what director Peter Berg (Hancock, Lone Survivor, Battleship) wanted to accomplish with Deepwater Horizon. His popular

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MASTERMINDS Review

MASTERMINDS Review

Posted 9 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

True stories are always great simply because they’re true. For the most part, no matter how outlandish and random a scene might seem, it’s exciting to sit in a theater amazed at the fact that you know these events actually took place. Now over time studios have changed a few things here and there to make the story flow smoothly for a wider audience, but on the surface it has always appeared to not drift too far away from the material and still make it all believable. So what can yo

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QUEEN OF KATWE Review

QUEEN OF KATWE Review

Posted 9 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Disney is doing well with their biographical true stories of brave individuals that overcome adversity. In 2015 they produced McFarland USA about a united cross country team, and this year we have an up and coming queen chess master in Uganda. It’s another perfect illustration of what someone else’s reality may be, as opposed to your own. It’s inspiring, powerful, and will boost your mood. The cast is in a league of their own with Oscar winners and contenders, and overall it&

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STORKS Review

STORKS Review

Posted 9 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Can you imagine if babies were actually delivered to your front door by request by a stork? Absolutely not, but whoever came up with the idea did. No one would be excited for this feature except children, but we all can relate to hearing this once or twice as a child. That may be who you initially thought this was aimed at, but adults may find some enjoyment too.   This film is being co-directed by Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors)and Doug Sweetland. Sweetland is making his dir

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Review

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Review

Posted 9 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

If you’re tired of remakes and reboots, your cry would be heard loud and clear. Every other day it seems like another rehash is on the horizon, though some properties are still worth dusting off. As most know, this remake was adapted from the 1960 western The Magnificent Seven of the same name, which was previously remade from the original Seven Samurai film in 1954. The word of mouth from these two films couldn’t be any more positive, as they’re both respected as classics. S

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BLAIR WITCH Review

BLAIR WITCH Review

Posted 9 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Back in 1999, when The Blair Witch Project first hit theaters, it was something no one had ever seen before. The birth of found footage material was the start of a new age of filmmaking that may have opened doors to a multitude of possibilities. It came, had it’s run, then burned to the ground never to arise again. What started out as a new trend ended terribly. What was once genuine turned into a flood number of cash grabbing copy cats that never came close to the original. But director

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SNOWDEN Review

SNOWDEN Review

Posted 9 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

In the art of filmmaking every production comes in many shapes and sizes. For me the stories that are true have the greatest impact at times. Knowing those events actually took place in the real world adds an exhilarating excitement to the overall experience. So if a film addresses actual history, one may expect the material to be transparent in its message. The viewer should know what really happened without playing a guessing game of what really took place. That was the biggest problem with

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WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS Review

WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS Review

Posted 9 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

The fall season of films is upon us, and Screen Gems still decides that if it isn’t broken don’t fix it. You can’t blame them either. They’re known for the lower budget releases with lower risks and higher chances of a return. The studio has a wide range of audiences that it tries to reach throughout the year, though at this point it seems like more of the same thing with the romantic, obsessed, crazed stalker vibe flick. More of the same can be a great thing, as long a

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MORGAN Review

MORGAN Review

Posted 10 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

I’m sure you’ve heard of the name Ridley Scott (Gladiator) before. Well he didn’t direct Morgan, but his son Luke Scott did. And he performed quite well for his directorial debut. It’s recommended you stay away from as many trailers as you possibly can before viewing this. Due to the context, it seems necessary to get the full experience of the film without viewing trailers if any enjoyment is to be had. Of course that all depends on what you’re looking for. Morga

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SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU Review

SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU Review

Posted 10 months ago By Emeka Anyanwu

First, if you have not seen Southside with You yet and have not purchased your ticket to see it, purchase it now! This was such a beautiful film, and it was much more than I expected! I expected to see a sweet, romantic film about our President and First Lady`s very first date. But it was so much more! The film was definitely about a young, confident Barack wooing a well-put together, follow the rules (including not dating the summer associate you are advising at your law firm) M

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DON'T BREATHE Review

DON'T BREATHE Review

Posted 10 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

A studio will spend a few hundred million dollars on a project, not caring at all about the quality of the film but instead only profit. A majority of the time this model delivers a dribbled mess of a film that only spews out visual noise. The only objective being to try and trick you and convince you that the material is good, instead of actually containing substance. Of course that’s a horrible approach, and sometimes what’s considered small can have the greatest impact. If only

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HANDS OF STONE Review

HANDS OF STONE Review

Posted 10 months ago By Emeka Anyanwu

What a great film! It navigated multiple decades seamlessly. The movie spans the life and career of boxer, Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez, Joy), from 1964 to 1983. It even spends a little time in the 50`s when it shows legendary boxing trainer, Ray Arcel (Robert De Niro, Goodfellas), being forced out of boxing by the Mafia.  Duran`s Panamanian pride oozes out of the film, emphasized in scenes that give brief history lessons of the Panama Canal and scenes that make you feel lik

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WAR DOGS Review

WAR DOGS Review

Posted 10 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

If you didn’t already know, billions of dollars have been spent on wars throughout the decades. It’s a profitable and disgusting line of business in some sorts. And who better to bring that to the forefront than director of the Hangover Trilogy, Due Date, Old School, Starsky & Hutch, and Road Trip, Todd Philips. Being known for his comedic chops in his past films, War Dogs shows that he still has serious-toned storytelling skills up his sleeve. While not losing his directorial

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BEN-HUR Review

BEN-HUR Review

Posted 10 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Ben-Hur is a classic story that dates back far enough for most to remember. There was a short film released in 1907, and the next attempt was directed by Fred Niblo in 1925. The most notable remake of the film was William Wyler’s 1959 adaptation starring Charlton Heston. Having not seen that film, over the years I repeatedly heard countless film fans rave about its greatness. Though that was decades ago, and as we all know film technology has advanced significantly. So director Timur Bek

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KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS Review

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS Review

Posted 10 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

For those who can’t get enough action, adventure, and all things epic, on the surface Kubo and the Two Strings appears to be everything you’d asked for. Samurai slashing swords, magical powers, and spirited characters are the perfect mix for fantasy seeking film fans. Previously having worked on Paranorman, Coraline, and Boxtrolls in the animation department, first time director Travis Knight decides to take his skills to the next level. For the most part, you will receive fulfilli

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PETE'S DRAGON Review

PETE'S DRAGON Review

Posted 10 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

It may be difficult finding someone who doesn’t love old Disney films. There’s just something about them that makes me feel good inside. They’re not flawless, but not much is. For myself it’s exciting to see them adapted with the latest technology. The movie-going audience has come a long way as far as expectations, but the major studios are constantly pushing the envelope in what they can deliver to the public. They accomplished that and more with this latest incarnati

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SAUSAGE PARTY Review

SAUSAGE PARTY Review

Posted 10 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

If you thought the executives over at Sony Pictures had lost their minds after the initial announcement of Sausage Party, you wouldn`t be alone. The idea of sentient sausages searching for truth was assumed to be anything beyond rational. Then just about when great splashes normally die down to a forgotten memory, the trailer hit changing the perception entirely. Some of Hollywood`s most famous comedic stars decided to team together in a raunchy, R-rated comedy about the lives of everyday food

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SUICIDE SQUAD Review

SUICIDE SQUAD Review

Posted 11 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

After having a few decent hitters under his belt with End of Watch and Fury, director David Ayer decided to take on a larger beast with Warner Bros and DC Entertainment’s Suicide Squad. After mixed reviews for Man of Steel, and an onslaught of horrific remarks on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the pressure was on for DC films to get their act together. From the surface it appeared the studio was doing just that. The concept in itself for Suicide Squad is brilliant enough by transfor

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LIGHTS OUT Review

LIGHTS OUT Review

Posted 11 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

The scariest things imaginable can appear in the dark. That’s what first time feature film director David F. Sandberg tried to take advantage of with Lights Out. Produced by James Wan, David took the simplest concept of horror and created a ninety minute film that may have you think twice about turning the lights off. The trailers seemed interesting enough, but it all comes down to the story. The mystery and the scares are there, along with some adequate characters. While a majority of t

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