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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

Like the slew of Saturday Night Live movies that have been produced, Keanu suffers from a concept that makes a good sketch on television but is hard to mine an engaging 98-minute film from. 

As with the other Barbershop films, the movie features a loose plot while focusing on the inhabitants of Calvin's shop riffing and debating issues ranging from girls on Instagram to infidelity to how President Obama likes his hair. 

While being a family film, The Jungle Book has a darker tone than most Disney PG-fare.  There are several moments of peril, characters get killed or experience near-death situations and there is even a fair amount of legitimate jump scares that may not sit well with the little ones.

Everything from the actors' effortless chemistry to the film's vintage look seem natural and fluid as Richard Linklater continues to be a master of his craft. 

Hardcore Henry lives up to its name, featuring buckets of blood, body parts and shoehorned-in nudity in a truly balls-to-the-wall action experience.

Ben Affleck does an admirable job as both Batman and millionaire Bruce Wayne, he has the physique and the temperament down and represents the older Batman that fans of Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns series will be familiar with.

Delivering a terrifically menacing performance is John Goodman as Howard, a paranoid ex-military farmer who built a well-furnished bunker in anticipation of a world-changing event, whether that be nuclear bombs from an enemy of America or something from another planet.

Disney Animation continues their hot streak with the delightful new feature Zootopia, a beautifully animated and cleverly scripted tale that's every bit as good as a Pixar animated offering.

The premise of a New York woman eschewing her big city American life to report on a conflict in a region where women are treated like second-class citizens at best is an interesting one, and it’s certainly Tina Fey’s most poignant and daring role to date.

Even with Director Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City, and I Robot) at the helm, Gods of Egypt lacks a compelling story to bring you in.

For all its crimes, Eddie the Eagle is hard to dislike due to a standout performance from Taron Egerton in the lead role.

The film is beautifully shot in the remote reaches of Ontario (filling in for New England) and the use of the foreboding forest as a constant backdrop serves as a constant reminder of the evil that permeates throughout.

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