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    A hero’s journey comes to an end in “Logan”

    I almost cried during this movie. I feel that’s important to say right from the start because very few films can actually make me cry. “Logan” is the kind of film that makes me think, “wow we would have never gotten this kind of movie 15 years ago.” The landscape of the comic book movie genre has changed so much since 2000 and the release of the first “X-Men” movie. A key factor in the success of the X-Men franchise has been the portrayal of Wolverine by Hugh Jackman, and after nearly 20 years of him playing this role it gives me great pleasure to say that they couldn’t have…

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    “The Salesman” offers intense action and subtle realism

    For those of you who have not seen the recent movies coming out of Iran, such as “Taxi” and “A Separation,” I suggest you skip the next trip to the local multiplex and spend an evening watching them instead. These excellent films provide an intimate look into Iranian society that is scarcely covered in the news. “The Salesman” is another example of an Iranian made gem that must be watched. This film is an emotionally lacerating and riveting drama that is directed with a patience-rewarding subtlety you will be hard pressed to find in most American movies.   “The Salesman” tells the story of a childless couple in their mid-30s…

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    Dissecting poetry: Inside the mind of “Paterson”

    “Paterson” is a new film by Jim Jarmusch about an artist who has a stable but low income job, a steady relationship, and a disciplined drinking habit. The title character, however, is exactly the opposite of the stereotypical tortured soul that is so commonly associated with the “true” artist. Rather than revelling in self-destruction, Paterson is a man of routine. He wakes up every morning at the same time, kisses his girlfriend, goes to work as a bus driver, writes a few poems, goes home, fixes his mailbox, walks his English bulldog, has a beer and goes to sleep. Yet, he is not a slave to routine and it is…

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    “Get Out” makes viewers laugh, scream and think

    From the very first scene I knew Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” was going to be something special. As a long time consumer of horror films, I consider myself very difficult to scare and can recognize most of the tricks at this point. So believe me when I tell you “Get Out” elicited some of the most visceral reactions I’ve ever had while watching a horror film. The protagonist in “Get Out” is Chris, played by Daniel Kaluuya, a black man who is dating a white woman, who has recently been asked to visit her childhood home and meet her parents. Upon their arrival he is immediately put into one awkward…

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    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A Magical Exploration of New York in the 20s

    Set in New York in 1926, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is an enchanting display of “Harry Potter” author J.K Rowling’s knack for world-building. Rowling does an excellent job of intertwining the reality of this time and place with fascinating magical undercurrents, humor, and wit. Aided by a new set of characters but set in the same world as the Harry Potter series, the film dazzles and entertains as it explores this new landscape. The lead of this new series is Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a British “magizooligist,” passing through New York on route to Arizona. Despite traveling with only one briefcase, Newt did not pack lightly. His…