Author: Lance Tilford

LIFE

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LIFE Those guys in the International Space Station knew they couldn’t just get away with doing groundbreaking scientific work and basking in all those stunning, soul-stirring views of Earth.  Sooner or later, something’s going down.  Life is a tight little sci-fi/horror flick that manages to effectively mash up Alien and Gravity.  It neither reaches for […]

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Disney has nearly perfected a sure-fire formula for cannibalizing its classic legacy, turning its signature animated treasures into live-action movies for a new, 3D-ready generation.  Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast, like Kenneth Brannagh’s live action Cinderella, manages to hit all the right notes in preserving the iconic scenes and heart-tugs […]

KONG: SKULL ISLAND

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KONG: SKULL ISLAND Ape-pocalypse Now! I love the smell of ape palm in the morning. Kong: Skull Island is set in 1973, at the messy end of the Vietnam war.  We know this because of helicopters and 60s rock music.  The story hastily introduces a team of scientists under the direction of Bill Randa (John […]

LOGAN

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LOGAN Slash and Yearn A bleak and gritty end to Hugh Jackman’s successful run as the stabbiest of muttonchopped heroes, Logan is by far the best of the standalone Wolverine films, and one of the more daring and artistically refreshing recent superhero movies. To start, it’s 2029, and Logan is anything less than super.  Mutants […]