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Movie Review - Fifty Shades Darker

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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.

Movies - Picks and Predictions for the 89th Academy Awards

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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.

Movie Review - La La Land

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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.

Movie Review - Hidden Figures

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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."

Movie Reviews - Top 10 Films of 2016

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By Bob Garver

Who says everything from 2016 has to be bad? There were plenty of bright spots this year, at least in terms of movies. It's true that I missed out on some successes, both commercial ("Central Intelligence," "Bad Moms") and critical ("Miss Sloane," "Paterson"), but I think I've seen a decent-enough cross-section to make some informed decisions. And of course, if you think I left a film off or you want to talk about the rankings, you can always email me at rrg251@nyu.edu.

Movie Review - Sing

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By Bob Garver

"Sing" is an animated kids' movie for kids who are tired of "Moana." At least, I hope its audience is kids who are tired of "Moana." Otherwise, it's getting business that "Moana" should be getting. Parents, if your kids want to see "Sing" and they haven't seen "Moana" at least twice already, try to steer them to that.