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Honesty and expectation run hand in hand with my movie reviews. There are right and wrong ways to gauge films, and my way is to find out what the movie is trying to provide me with. Going into an action film needs to be met with guilty pleasure enjoyment. Dramas require a deeper train of thought. Comedies are medicine for the soul, especially when they are done right. My main idea is digging deeper. I want to know what this director is trying to tell me or if he/she simply wants me to relax and "get away". Movies are escape into a world only meant for imagination and mad creativity. We are all critics when it comes to film and our reactions/thoughts shape the future landscape of Hollywood and their productions. Honesty is the biggest requirement in movie critiques, but knowing what to expect is the secret ingredient. -Dan Buffa

As with some of their previous work, Hail, Caesar! is more anti-climatic than anything, and the film feels like a loosely connected series of vignettes rather than a cohesive story.

A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this re-imagining of Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England.

The Weinstein Company may have unloaded this embattled Western without fanfare, but it should still appeal to genre fans.

Wayans almost exclusively mugs it up for parody films such as this, and, while the material here is scraping the very bottom of the barrel, his game performance keeps the movie from being entirely unwatchable.

Some men shine when the spotlight is placed upon them, even if they do not seek it. In that moment, people are known to be placed in The Finest Hours of their life.

Rating - =PG-13

Runtime – 97 minutes 

Directed by – William Brent Ball

Starring – Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, Jim Norton and Diana Hardcastle

Plot – Greta Evans (Cohan), an American nanny, gets a job in England at a large, remote estate watching a wealthy old couple's young child under a strict set of rules. When the child turns out to be a porcelain doll, Greta disregards the rules she was given. Strange disturbances and odd happenings occur involving the doll, causing Greta to change her ways in fear the doll may actually be alive.

Leo may not deliver his most charming or verbose turn, but his portrayal of Hugh Glass is a brutal and physically tolling performance that is rarely seen in today's movies.

Concussion as a whole is an adeptly made film, albeit a fairly by-the-numbers one. It hits all the expected dramatic beats it should, while characters often advance plot with lines of dialogue intended to do just that.

The real pleasure of the Hateful Eight is it's dialogue, and the actors (and actress) who get to play around with it. All of the casting, with perhaps one surprise cameo, is spot on, and Tarantino has chosen a rugged and menacing bunch to fill his characters' shoes.

The Big Short comprises a glib and quirky version of a Dateline installment, perfect for homeowners and business-savvy folks in their mid- to late forties; you’ll wish that your professors had been able to show it in Econ class on a bad weather day.

I urge you to see The Danish Girl and to ponder the life and times of Lili Elbe.  You just might be surprised by how much simple humanity you have in common with such an uncommon individual.

Sisters is a fun ride throughout, blending humor that's reminiscent of Apatow productions heyday with the wit and charm if its leads.

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