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Jim Dixon retired from practicing law not a moment too soon, and now works as a freelance writer and film critic. A lifelong and unrepentant movie geek, he firmly believes that everything you need to know in life you can learn at the movies. He lives in upstate New York.

THE SPACE BETWEEN US: Where Many Filmmakers Have Gone Before

THE SPACE BETWEEN US struggles to find its original voice amidst the plethora of recent space exploration movies.

xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE: Threequel Is Too Little, Too Late

xXx: Return of Xander Cage, the long-awaited sequel to 2002’s xXx is finally here, finally being the operative word. It’s been fifteen years, in fact,

SLEEPLESS: Fast-Paced Cop Thriller Under-Achieves

Sleepless is a thriller that occasionally seems passable and avoids some clichés, but still doesn't quite achieve the level it could have.

20TH CENTURY WOMEN: Annette Bening Shines In Period Character Study

20th Century Women is a remarkable character study of women in the 1970s, but it falls just shy of greatness due to its lack

OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY: Lowers The Stoner Christmas Movie Bar

Office Christmas Party is a glaringly unfunny R-rated comedy, which isn't even saved by the talented crew in front of and behind the camera.

TROLLS: Sugar High Study In Primary Colors

Trolls is aimed as squarely at parents as it is the kids, who likely won't be as familiar with the terrifically tressed toy trolls

INFERNO: Breakneck Thriller Hurtles Right Over Its Plot

Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Ron Howard reunite in their third collaboration on a Dan Brown adaptation, Inferno. Small wonder. The Da Vinci Code grossed

OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL: A Scarily Good Horror Prequel

Is this any way to sell a board game? Hasbro’s perennial moneymaker “Ouija” is the basis of Universal’s micro-budget horror franchise in the making,

"You Have To Get Dirty:" Independent Filmmaker Nick DeRuve's Long Road To Toronto

Six foot plus, Nick DeRuve looks a movie star. And although he’s done some acting, it’s on the other side of camera, as a

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES: Plodding & Predictable Spy Next Door Comedy

The spy-next-door genre seems to be showing its age. The idea of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances fueled dozens of effective Hitchcock movies, several