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Movie Review - Kong: Skull Island

Movie Review 2 1/2 Stars

By Bob Garver

I bet when most people hear the term "Viet Cong" for the first time, they snicker at a mental image of King Kong fighting in Vietnam. Almost everyone outgrows this joke in about a minute, but not the makers of "Kong: Skull Island." They've spent $190 million and years of effort making the King Kong/Vietnam crossover that nobody was demanding, but nobody's in a hurry to reject either.

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Movie Review - Logan

Movie Review 3.5 Stars

By Bob Garver

After 17 years, Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are saying goodbye to the "X-Men" roles of Wolverine and Professor Charles Xavier, respectively. And I truly believe that this is it for them. At first I was skeptical. "Even if both characters die, they can do some hocus-pocus resurrection." "The franchise is non-linear, so they can come back for some in-between films." Those are both valid theories, but they don't take into account that "Logan" is such a perfect end note that I don't see the actors treating it as anything other than a grand finale.

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Movie Review - Get Out

Movie Review 2 1/2 Stars

By Bob Garver

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Movie Review - Fifty Shades Darker

Movie Review 1 1/2 Stars

By Bob Garver

The "Fifty Shades" franchise is commercially successful but critically despised. I've heard all manner of nasty things said about the books, and 2015's "Fifty Shades of Grey" tied for Worst Picture at the Razzies. "Fifty Shades Darker" is no redeemer, I assure you. If I didn't know any better, I'd say the series likes the abuse it takes from people with good taste.

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Movie Review - The LEGO Batman Movie

Movie Review 2 1/2 Stars

By Bob Garver

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Movie Review - Rings

PROMO - Movie Review 1 star

By Bob Garver

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Movies - Picks and Predictions for the 89th Academy Awards

Movie Review 3.5 Stars

By Bob Garver

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were announced this past Tuesday. I was reasonably happy with them, though I wish the Academy would have shown some love to Martin Scorsese's underappreciated "Silence." Here are my thoughts on ten major categories, who I want to win, who I think will win, and in some cases who's so sure to win that a lot of analysis isn't necessary. Sadly, that's true of many of the major categories, and it's the lesser ones that inspire the most debate.

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Movie Review - Split

Movie Review 2 1/2 Stars

By Bob Garver

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Movie Review - La La Land

Movie Review 3.5 Stars

By Bob Garver

I'm writing this a little over a week before the Oscar nominations are announced, and there are three movies that I can safely say are a lock for Best Picture: "Moonlight," "Manchester by the Sea," and "La La Land." And of these three, "La La Land" is by far the most likely to win. Simply put, it's the biggest spectacle. It's the flashiest, with gimmicky goodies around every corner; goodies like bright colors and trick camera work and of course, musical numbers.

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Movie Review - Hidden Figures

Movie Review 2 1/2 Stars

By Bob Garver

A lot of people were unhappy with my review of "Sing" a few weeks ago. Many wondered how I could have so much disdain for a movie with positive messages about perseverance and following your dreams. There are two main reasons: 1) That movie is considerably less positive with its messages about stealing and avoiding responsibility, and 2) There are plenty of better movies with messages about perseverance and following your dreams. One such movie is "Hidden Figures."

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