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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.

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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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,

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"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

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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

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HANDS OF STONE: Champion With A Chip On His Shoulder

Edgar Ramírez is electrifying as welterweight boxing champion Roberto Durán in the new movie Hands of Stone. Unfortunately, writer/director Jonathan Jakubowicz’s routinely

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BEN-HUR: Or How Hollywood Forgot How To Make Epics

Ben-Hur actually opens with the horses getting ready to bolt from the gates for the chariot race. That will seem heretical to audiences

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