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Felix Albuerne

One-time Blockbuster Video manager, textbook editor, trivia host, and community college English/Humanities teacher. Now a digital media producer, part-time film critic, amateur foodie, semi-retired beer snob, unabashed geek, and still very much a work in progress.
Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez in "Gold."

REVIEW: ‘Gold’ an entertaining, but familiar cautionary tale

There's never a point in Gold, the latest from Matthew McConaughey and director Stephen Gaghan (Traffic), where you don't know how things are going...
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

REVIEW: ‘Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders’ dials up sly, campy fun

On the surface, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders offers up camp and cheese for miles, just as one might expect it to. It's...
Michael Keaton stars in THE FOUNDER

REVIEW: ‘The Founder’ serves up celebration of persistence

The Founder, believe it or not, won't have you craving a Big Mac, fries, and a shake once the credits roll. In fact, you...
(L-R) Adam Driver as Father Garupe and Andrew Garfield as Father Sebastião Rodrigues the film SILENCE by Paramount Pictures, SharpSword Films, and AI Films

REVIEW: ‘Silence’ belongs among Scorsese’s masterworks

Silence, like so many modern film masterworks, is not an easy film to watch or digest.It puts human suffering and privation front and center....
Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), flanked by fellow mathematicians Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) meet the man they helped send into orbit, John Glenn (Glen Powell), in HIDDEN FIGURES.

REVIEW: ‘Hidden Figures’ soars to inspiring heights

Hidden Figures is the first 'must-see' film of 2017, but not for the usual reasons.Does it feature powerhouse performances from its lead and supporting...
Michael Fassbender in Assassin's Creed

REVIEW: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ misses mark for all but game’s fans

As far as films developed from video game properties go, Assassin's Creed is a solid entry.It's faithful to the source material while re-imagining its...
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in Columbia Pictures' PASSENGERS.

REVIEW: ‘Passengers’ captivates at first, falters in final act

Passengers may end up being one of those films sci-fi fans and collectors buy just to have.They'll buy it because the love the film's leads from...
Laird (James Franco, left) meets his girlfriend Stephanie’s (Zoey Deutch) family: Ned (Bryan Cranston), Barb (Megan Mullally) and Scotty (Griffin Gluck).

REVIEW: ‘Why Him?’ delivers some laughs, lots of Cranston cringing

Why Him? delivers a few big laughs and lots of little chuckles thanks to its leads doing what they've built their careers on.For James...
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story..Rebel Base L to R: Mon Mothma, Cassian Andor, General Draven and Dodanna).

REVIEW: ‘Rogue One’ IS the Star Wars film you’ve been waiting for

No Jedi mind trick here. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story simply IS the Star Wars film you've been waiting for.Yes, the film takes...
L-R: Jennifer Aniston as Carol Vanstone, Olivia Munn as Tracey Hughes, Jason Bateman as Josh Parker, T.J. Miller as Clay Vanstone in OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY by Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, and Reliance Entertainment

REVIEW: ‘Office Christmas Party’ is the work thing you should attend

Office Christmas Party is a balls-to-the-copier-machine (at times literally) Christmas bundle of inappropriate mayhem.Yes, it follows a formula that's become pretty standard for ensemble...
Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck in MANCHESTER BY THE SEA.

REVIEW: ‘Manchester by the Sea’ a haunting, emotionally raw experience

Manchester by the Sea is a hard movie in every sense of the description.It focuses on emotionally hardened characters whose lives have been defined...
Auli‘i Cravalho as Moana and Dwayne Johnson as Maui in "Moana"

REVIEW: “Moana” is Disney musical movie magnificence

Moana represents yet another cinematic and musical triumph for Disney animation. A visual wonder full of humor, heart and imagination, it breathes new life...
Caption: (L-r) EDDIE REDMAYNE as Newt, KATHERINE WATERSTON as Tina and COLIN FARRELL as Graves in Warner Bros. Pictures' fantasy adventure "FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

REVIEW: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ a delightful return to the Wizarding World

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is J.K. Rowling through and through, and that's a very good thing.Returning audiences to the Wizarding World...
Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) ©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

REVIEW: ‘Doctor Strange’ conjures up a Marvel-ously wondrous ride

Doctor Strange, the 14th film in Marvel Cinematic Universe series, is all that audiences should expect it to be, and more.Yes, it delivers Marvel...
Langdon (Tom Hanks) and Sienna (Felicity Jones) exit the Vasari corridor into the Uffizi in Columbia Pictures' INFERNO.

REVIEW: ‘Inferno’ simply lacks narrative spark

Inferno, Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard's return to the adventures of author Dan Brown's preeminent symbology scholar Robert Langdon, proves to be yet...
Left to right: Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher, Judd Lormand plays Local Deputy and Jason Douglas plays Sheriff in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions

REVIEW: ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ weakest Cruise film in years

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is by far Tom Cruise's least entertaining film in years.It's also a possibly fatal setback to the "Jack Reacher"...
Rachel Weisz stars as acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt in DENIAL, a Bleecker Street release.

REVIEW: ‘Denial’ riveting, powerful, and poignant

Denial, in addition to being a superbly executed piece of film making, is as timely a film as any that's come out this year,...
(From L-R:) Colman Domingo as "Hark," Nate Parker as "Nat Turner," and Chike Okonkwo as "Will" in THE BIRTH OF A NATION.

REVIEW: ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Powerful, Poignant Historical Portrait

The Birth of a Nation is as compelling a historical portrait as any audiences have seen in film this year. The film triumphs thanks...
Mark Wahlberg stars as 'Mike Williams' in DEEPWATER HORIZON. Photo Credit: David Lee

REVIEW: ‘Deepwater Horizon’ delivers riveting drama, terrifying spectacle

Deepwater Horizon as a film seems to strive above all for realism. In that regard, it succeeds spectacularly.Forget any of this year's horror films...
(l to r) Byung-hun Lee, Ethan Hawke, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio and Martin Sensmeier in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures' THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN.

REVIEW: ‘The Magnificent Seven’ Rip-Roarin’ Fun Despite Flawed Ensemble

The Magnificent Seven does a lot of things right in terms of delivering wild west-style fun. It's beautifully shot, has a charismatic cast, and...