Life Itself

Steve James’ touching new film about the late Roger Ebert is one of the hardest films to write about. Practically everyone who has been doing this sort of thing for the past thirty years or so owes the man an astonishing duty of appreciation, and many of us may have never considered attempting it had we not seen him and his success.

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Rating: A+


Dinosaurs have fascinated mankind for millennia. We as a people have a seemingly voracious appetite for all things dinosaur, especially after John Ostrom’s works about the Deinonychus Antirrhopus became public in the mid-1960s. And before we take another journey back to “Jurassic Park” next year, we have the animated anthology movie “Dinotasia” to keep us engaged.

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Rating: C


As many people may know, Best Short Film is a category recognized by the Academy Awards. What most people may not know is that, through the years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has actively been attempting to eliminate this category from official competition. “Invisible” is a good reason not to.

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Rating: A-

The Losers

A hyper adaptation of the comic book series that ran from 2003 to 2006, “The Losers”t makes a nice, loud impression on the big screen.

A furious 90 minutes of supersized stunts, arch performances, and grandiose villainy, the picture is wild ride befitting its funny book origins. Just try to ignore the strained humor and the occasional Michael Bay move from director Sylvain White, and there’s a merry bit of mayhem waiting to entertain the pants right off you.

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Rating: B-