Category Archives: 7 Pieces Of

“Murder on the Orient Express”(2017) – a gorgeous but slightly bumpy ride

Nutshell: Gorgeous visuals, a stellar cast, and a killer mystery adds up to a promising film. Though things tend to sputter midway through, and the plot focuses a bit too heavily on Poirot, it all gets wrapped up nicely.  Plus, … Continue reading

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Thor: Ragnarok – a rockin’ good time

Nutshell: Taika Waititi swings and hits it out of the gladiatorial ballpark with this laugh out loud action adventure.   Hemsworth is game as a newly hammerless (but not humorless) God of Thunder, Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie more than keeps up with … Continue reading

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“Only the Brave” – rough ending to watch, but a damn fine story

Nutshell: An ensemble cast delivers a dramatic retelling of the heartbreaking Yarnell Hill Fire, breathing life into the Granite Mountain Hotshots, their family and friends.  What starts out as a story about a rowdy gang of underdogs you grow to … Continue reading

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“Happy Death Day” – a movie definitely worth celebrating

Nutshell:  Fun, freaky and sometimes frightening, this movie blends horror and comedy expertly.  Kudos to the director, screenwriter, and the amazing Jessica Rothe as the coed who keeps getting killed.  You won’t find a better multiplex movie to celebrate Friday … Continue reading

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7 Pieces Of: “Battle of the Sexes”

Nutshell: Seriou, funny, riveting and real, Battle of the Sexes digs into the lives of two tennis superstars and paints a picture of the era…and problems in our world we still seem to be grappling with. Grade: A- “Time to … Continue reading

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“It” floats just as well as the original

Nutshell: This reboot/remake of the 1990 TV miniseries has a different feel to it, but dammit if it doesn’t pack a punch.  A young cast full of poised-to-break-out stars, a director who knows how to handle the spooky, and a … Continue reading

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“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” – beautiful, messy

Nutshell: Dazzling, beautiful, uneven.  The lightning-in-a-bottle that was Besson’s The Fifth Element doesn’t strike twice here, even though the visuals and world-building magic is definitely present and accounted for.  It’s as if with Valerian, Besson focused more on the universe … Continue reading

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