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'The Outfit' is gripping

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'The Outfit' is gripping

In the late 1950s, the FBI planted a rudimentary listening device behind the radiator in a Michigan Avenue tailor shop often frequented by Chicago mob bosses, and thus gathered a wealth of information about notorious chiefs such as Sam Giancana and Anthony "Joe Batters" Accardo. The Chicago-born writer-director Graham Moore

'Winning Time' is big fun

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'Winning Time' is big fun

It was Showtime, folks. The Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s were the most glamorous organization in the history of American sports, from the immensely talented lineups led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Earvin "Magic" Johnson that produced five NBA titles to the Hollywood stars in the stands (Hello, Jack!) to the

'The Batman'

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'The Batman'

We're calling The Batman a superhero movie because it's another telling of the tale of one of the most iconic comic-book characters in American history - but in terms of tone and scope and storyline, Matt Reeves' reboot of the ever-fruitful franchise is more of a film noir than a

'Dog' has heart

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'Dog' has heart

From the ridiculously simple title to the elevator-pitch premise of Channing Tatum as a broken-down former Army Ranger who has to deliver a troublemaking retired military dog to the memorial service for the dog's human partner, we know exactly where Dog is going to take us; it's as predictable as

Uncharted is lost

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Uncharted is lost

After nearly a decade and a half in Development Purgatory, the movie adaptation of the popular video game franchise Uncharted finally hits big screens - and you'd think that somewhere along that 14-year timeline, they would have remembered to put an actual movie inside the movie. You know how they say

'Death on the Nile' manages to entertain

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'Death on the Nile' manages to entertain

When we think of the greatest mustachioed characters in movie history, certain names come to mind: Rhett Butler and Rufus T. Firefly, Charlie Chaplin in myriad roles and even the likes of the Stranger in The Big Lebowski, Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back and Bill "The Butcher" Cutting

The two sides of Terry Bradshaw

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The two sides of Terry Bradshaw

"If there's one thing in my life I do wish I had ... I wish I was loved and respected ... like Brady, Peyton, Roger Staubach. ... I never had that kind of respect. And I wish I did." - Terry Bradshaw In the wake of an epic playoff season, and

Downton Abbey’s American cousin

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Downton Abbey’s American cousin

From January of 2011 through March of 2016, legions of faithful American fans of Downton Abbey tuned in to PBS every Sunday night to revel in the upstairs-downstairs adventures of the Earl and Countess of Grantham, their immediate and extended family and friends, and, of course, the equally compelling staffers

Goodbye Ray Donovan

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Goodbye Ray Donovan

The most shocking death in the history of the blood-soaked Showtime series Ray Donovan was the hit taken out on the show itself in January 2020 - a move that blindsided the creators, who had ended Season 7 with a number of cliffhangers in the mistaken belief there would be

Time to Scream again

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Time to Scream again

As evidenced by such recent films as Halloween Kills and Ghostbusters: Afterlife and The Matrix Resurrections, it can be a tricky thing to stage a reunion of beloved characters from a franchise that debuted long ago, so we hoped for the best but feared for mediocrity when it was announced

My favorite TV of 2021

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My favorite TV of 2021

The numbers are staggering. According to Variety, there were 1,923 series on various platforms in 2021, shattering the record of 1,628 set in 2019. This is why I can't really say my Top 10 list represents the "best" series of 2021; so, let's just call this my 10 favorite new

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It’s time for a better awards show than the Golden Globes

Nearly every year when the Golden Globes came bounding through Hollywood, I would remind folks they were basically a joke. Just a smattering of examples:     - "Of all the awards shows, this is the stupidest - but they treat it like a big event in Hollywood." - 1996     - "The

Top 10 movies of 2020

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Top 10 movies of 2020

Even though this year was unlike any other in the history of cinema, in that most films were either limited theatrical releases or premiered on at-home platforms, there was no shortage of first-rate works, including: The Assistant, Crip Camp, First Cow, Hillbilly Elegy, I'm Your Woman, The Invisible Man, The Life

Best movies of 2019

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Best movies of 2019

1.  The Irishman To anyone still intimidated by that three hours and 30 minutes running time: click to any random spot on the timeline and watch for a few minutes. No matter where you've landed, you'll be dropping in on a masterpiece -- from Martin Scorsese's direction to the performances of

Holiday movie preview

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Holiday movie preview

The Banker (Dec. 6)  George Nolfi, who did such a splendid job of adapting The Adjustment Bureau and turning it into one of the great romantic films of the 2010s, is behind the camera for this based-on-true-events story starring Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie as African-American businessmen in the 1950s

Fall movie preview

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Fall movie preview

Here's my chronological rundown of 20 films I'm keen to see. And I easily could have added 10 more! Downton Abbey (Sept. 20) -- Just when we thought we'd have to be content with rewatching Julian Fellowes' masterpiece of a historical period piece series, we're getting a feature film. The

Popcorn Bowl

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Popcorn Bowl

The Big Game is just around the corner. With that in mind, we've put together a 16-movie bracket for the Popcorn Bowl -- my ranking of the best football films of all time. The brackets have been divided into Pro and Amateur, i.e., films about professional players and teams, and films about

19 for 2019

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19 for 2019

Win some, lose some. Have to wait to see some. A little more than a year ago, I shared my list of the movies I was most keenly anticipating in 2018. (The super-secret and highly complex formula for choosing "most anticipated" titles has evolved over the years, but the basic playbook remains

Worst movies of 2018

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Worst movies of 2018

Here we go. The 10 worst movies I experienced in 2018. 10. Bohemian Rhapsody Yes, Rami Malek delivered fine work as Freddie Mercury, and yes, I know Bohemian Rhapsody has become the most financially successful musical biopic of all time. That doesn't change the fact that it's a watered-down, clumsily shot, sometimes ridiculously

Best movies of 2018

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Best movies of 2018

What a year it was for movies! Some critics are saying 2018 was the best film year of the 21st century, and it's hard to disagree. Check out this list of memorable films: Annihilation; Avengers: Infinity War; Ben Is Back; Boy Erased; Can You Ever Forgive Me?; Creed 2; Eighth Grade; The

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