Movie Reviews 2016, December 8

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Pick of the Week

Hacksaw Ridge

Mel Gibson really knows how to tell a powerful story and Andrew Garfield does a terrific job as Desmond Doss, pacifist war hero. A

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Moonlight

A fresh and very honest coming of age story. I wouldn't be surprised if it got an Academy Award nomination. A

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Doctor Strange

Kudos to Marvel for trying new things. Guardians of the Galaxy was comedic—and now Doctor Strange has a spiritual side. It also has Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, and some "borrowed" visual panache from Inception. B+

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Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween

My friend Tyler Perry is back, and I'll give Boo! a "yea" -- could've been funnier, but Tyler thinks he's a better writer/ director than he actually is. B

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The Edge of Seventeen

The critics love this one, but I never entirely bought Hailee Steinfeld in the role of a lonely, misunderstood teen. I suspect a lot of critics were lonely, misunderstood teens. B

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Bad Santa 2

Not as bad (the good kind of bad) as the first in the series. C+

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Allied

I loved the first 30 minutes or so, which take place in Casablanca. The rest of the movie (including the big hook: Will Brad Pitt kill his wife, Marion Cotillard?) is just OK. B+

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Rules Don't Apply

The last thing the world needed was another film about kooky Howard Hughes—except for the fact that Warren Beatty is an underappreciated genius. B+

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= James's Favorites