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Silver Screen

‘Thank You for Your Service’ gives audiences an idea what it’s like to have PTSD

By Cordilia James Last updated: 10/27/17 12:52pm

Jason Hall’s directorial debut, “Thank You for Your Service,” allows audience members to experience trauma alongside a strong cast that successfully portrays the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder. Nonetheless, a rushed resolution makes the story feel incomplete.The plot follows Schumann (Miles Teller), Solo (Beulah Koale) and Waller (Joe Cole), as they struggle with PTSD following their involvement in the Iraq war. The men look forward to reuniting with their families, hoping that it ...

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A disturbing picture of guilt: ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ startles and unsettles

By Dilpreet Raju Last updated: 10/27/17 12:02am

Yorgos Lanthimos is one of the most adventurous directors working today, consistently making films that are willing to unsettle an audience -- most recently “The Lobster,” an expectedly twisted but unexpectedly romantic take on modern love. Lanthimos’ latest film, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” takes a much darker turn. Colin Farrell teams up with Lanthimos once again, this time as Steven, one of the best cardiac surgeons in the greater Cincinnati area. His pleasant life is upturned ...

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‘Suburbicon’ is as much a mess as it is a good time

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 10/27/17 12:02am

American cinema has a long tradition of taking the quiet suburban utopia and portraying it as a living hell for its inhabitants. It can be seen across all genres, from the drama “American Beauty,” where a father is tormented by his failing marriage and his lust for his teenage daughter's best friend, to the horror film “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” where the seemingly mundane lives of a group of friends are turned into a literal -- you guessed it -- nightmare. “Suburbicon” continues ...

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'Dina' tests the audience with a sweet, unconventional love story

By Michael Valenti Last updated: 10/22/17 9:43pm

Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles have created a sweet and interesting look into the relationship of Dina and Scott, a couple who are both afflicted with Asperger’s syndrome. The camera disappears behind the couple’s daily interactions with each other and the world around them as the documentary follows their relationship from the day that they move in together to their marriage and ends with them returning from their honeymoon. The camera is almost too good, constantly being one step ahead ...

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Tyler Perry’s 'Boo 2!' will have you on the floor laughing

By Leanna Faulk Last updated: 10/21/17 4:17pm

Tyler Perry first introduced Madea in 1999 during the Atlanta screening of “I Can Do Bad All by Myself.” It wasn’t his initial decision to play the character but after an actress fell through, he had to step in because the show must go on. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is the 14th studio movie where Perry worked as a director, producer, writer and actor. The original film, “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” recieved mixed reviews from critics and has a 21% on Rotten Tomatoes.  The ...

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Sleeper Oscar pick ‘Only the Brave’ salutes firefighters and their everyday heroism

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 10/21/17 4:11pm

“Only the Brave” could not have been released at a more timely moment. As wildfires destroy communities across northern California every day, it is important to remember the burden that those who fight these fires carry, and the sacrifices they are willing to make. “Only the Brave” is a beautifully shot love letter to those who risk their lives to ensure the safety of their communities. Its characters are as riveting as its plot, only reinforcing the film’s dramatic conclusion and making ...

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‘Take Every Wave’ shows the ocean as a place of truth and honesty

By Kathryn Sanders Last updated: 10/18/17 2:07pm

In the opening scenes of “Take Every Wave,” a new documentary film about big wave surfer Laird Hamilton, we see Hamilton checking out El Nino-influenced monster waves in Hawaii. He is preparing to surf some of the biggest waves he’s ever seen. “I’ve been waiting a lifetime to ride this thing out here,” Hamilton says to a friend on the phone. After this opening sequence, the film shifts to Hamilton’s life, chronologically. From his mother’s pregnancy with him in San Francisco, ...

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'The Pathological Optimist' delves into origins of Anti-Vaxxer movement

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 10/15/17 10:19pm

The anti-vaccination movement is one of the most discussed ─ and disputed ─ topics in popular medicine today. Over the course of five years, filmmaker Miranda Bailey takes her viewers into the home of the man who is credited for sparking the controversy ─ Dr. Andrew Wakefield. In 1998, Wakefield published a paper with several other colleagues in the British Medical Journal drawing a link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and autism in children.The paper resulted in a miasma ...

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John Carroll Lynch reminisces about his experiences with Harry Dean Stanton

By Ali Almutairi Last updated: 10/11/17 7:19pm

John Carroll Lynch sat nestled at the conference room below the Rosewood Hotel in Georgetown. He just flew in from Boston to promote his new film “Lucky ,” mere days after the passing of the film’s star and legendary actor, Harry Dean Stanton. While playing with his glasses on the wooden conference table, Lynch reflected on the first time he met Harry Dean Stanton. “It was at a bar, Dantanna’s, where he would go there at least every Thursday, smoke cigarettes and drink tequila outside,” ...

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'Blade Runner 2049' nearly matches the original film

By Ben Foster Last updated: 10/09/17 11:33am

Denis Villeneuve is no rookie when it comes to making movies. With a track record that includes “Enemy,” “Prisoners,” “Sicario” and “Arrival,” I wasn’t worried that he would drop the ball on the sequel to one of my all-time favorite films: “Blade Runner.” In fact, I was ecstatic that Villeneuve had been given creative control over the film instead of Ridley Scott, the director of the original “Blade Runner,” as Scott’s modern films have left audiences disappointed time ...

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