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  • ‘A Monster Calls’ for Kleenex
    Are you in need of a good cry? Apparently I was; a bawling, blubbering mess of a man sitting by himself in a dark theater. Embarrassing as it may be, it was also an extremely cathartic and refreshing experience.
  • Swifts a permanent fixture in Monroe
    Some might call 2016 the year of the Vaux’s swifts, as the graceful migratory winged creatures became Monroe’s official city bird. The theme is being carried over into 2017, as the city ushers in the new year with a sculpture to honor the petite birds and their swirling flight. 
  • ‘Passengers has space, no chemistry
    Ill timed, but well intentioned is the first thing I have to say about the long-awaited sci-fi film, “Passengers.”
  • ‘Rogue One’ brings action, respects  canon
    The highly anticipated standalone to the beloved franchise has arrived. Brilliantly planned, this film is the second in a six-year sequence of Christmas openings, with Episode VIII in 2017, the Han Solo origin in 2018, Episode IX in 2019, and a yet undetermined film in 2020. I’m no seer, but I don’t think that will be the end of the Star Wars Extended Universe.
  • Oscar nods to surface for ‘Manchester by the Sea’
    Once in a while a film comes along that reminds you just why you go to the movies in the first place. None too often does something this utterly heart wrenching and beautiful unfold in front of your eyes. It’s an immersive tale so simply done, but so complex in emotional range.
  • ‘Fantastic Beasts’ bites off a long story
    In your local theaters — that’s where you can find them. The Fantastic Beasts. For a film that tends to live more in the realm of mediocre, the beasts are not just fantastic, they are spectacular. They are magnificent and awe-inspiring. They are the whole reason this film exists, except of course to make money and set the table for what’s to come.
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