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January 15, 2017

Daniel’s Critical Corner: The Best of 2016

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Float Like A Butterfly, Sing Like A Bee.

Hello Everyone !
~ Welcome to Daniel’s Critical Corner ~
Prepare Your Acceptance Speeches !  It’s Time For:
The Best of 2016

Well folks, today is your lucky day !  In the midst of several award shows,
here comes my thrilling take on 2016’s cinematic offerings.  It was indeed
one heck of a crazy year, but visiting the movie theaters was a great way
to beat the heat (and escape election woes).

 We will never forget the epic battle between Jill Stein and Gary Johnson !!!
Then there were those other two that kept making the news.  Ryan Lochte
and Michael Phelps.  Ha-ha !

Alright, here are ten of my favorite flicks (in no particular order) !!!

The Best of 2016:

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Florence Foster Jenkins

*Hits all of the right notes (and plenty of wrong ones).
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Doctor Strange

*Khaaaaaaan !  Whoops…  I mean Straaaaaaange !

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Count Dracula, Eat Your Heart Out !!!

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Love & Friendship

*Also known as “The Real Housewives of London”.

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Queen of Katwe

*A true champion !

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Kubo and the Two Strings

*Two much fun !

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We Made It To The Monkee’s Reunion Tour !

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Manchester by the Sea

*Brings about an ocean of tears.

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Hell or High Water

*One helluva thrill ride !

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The Finest Hours

*Nautical heroics amid waves of adventure.

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The Finest Hours (Disney) 2016

You Threw The Necklace Overboard ?

For The Fifth Time, This Ain’t The Titanic !

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La La Land

*Is landing plenty of awards !

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Moana

*Rock-solid entertainment.

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 And now, here are some very honorable mentions !

The Terrific 25:

~ Loving
The BFG ~
~ The Jungle Book
Hacksaw Ridge ~
~ Captain America: Civil War
Star Trek Beyond ~
~ Moonlight
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ~
~ Zootopia
Miles Ahead ~
~ Bridget Jones’s Baby
Lion ~
~ Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Lights Out ~
~ Deadpool
Nerve ~
~ Ghostbusters: Answer the Call
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ~
~ Pete’s Dragon
Hidden Figures ~
~ Ouija: Origin of Evil
The Secret Life of Pets ~
~ Deepwater Horizon
Finding Dory ~
~ Hail, Caesar!

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^ Listed above are many of last year’s most notable films !

Now, let’s take a quick (and disapproving) look at these stinkers

Dishonorable Mentions:

Inferno

*Lukewarm entertainment.
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Ben-Hur

*Ben there, done that.
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Shut In

*You will want to shut it off !
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Ha-ha ! Thanks for visiting Daniel’s Critical Corner !
Have a great 2017, and I’ll see you back here soon !!!

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This post is dedicated to:

~ Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds ~

Always in our hearts.

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October 31, 2016

Halloween Favorites: Volume X

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These Films Are Hair-Raising !

Hello Everyone !
Welcome to my parlor…
Time to feast your eyes upon:
Halloween Favorites: Volume X

In the darkness, shadowy figures make their way through town.  If a wary
soul pays close attention, whispers can be heard just above the ominous
autumn winds.  Some lurk just beyond graveyard gates, whilst some hide
behind misshapen trees.

Soon, bloodshot eyes will be focusing on your humble abode.  You might
want to bolt the door, lock the windows, and pull the drapes !  Otherwise,
trick-or-treaters and their frazzled parents will probably notice that you’re
watching “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”.  Egads !  How can you save
face?

Fear not.  Just plan on checking out some of the following movies.  When
possible, view them in HD (Horrific Demise).  Muah-ha-ha !!!

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Pillow of Death

*Frightening Fluff.

He Knows You’re Alone

*Because you forgot to wear deodorant !

Lights Out

*The electric bill is way too high.

The Last Exorcism

*I doubt it.

The Grudge

*Let it go already !

Young Frankenstein

*Never gets old.

Ouija: Origin of Evil

*A terrifying board meeting.

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Be Honest.  Does This Make My Eye Look Big?

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Cujo

*Who let the dogs out?

The Lost Boys

*Should have asked for directions !

Ginger Snaps

*And hums (while listening to music on her radio).

Frozen Ghost

*Chilling.

Them!

*A favorite ant comes to visit

Blair Witch

*No relation to Linda.

Don’t Breathe

*Someone farted.

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Look !  It’s Another Political Billboard Ad !!!

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

*Also known as Election Day !

Dark Water

*Wasn’t that a song by the Doobie Brothers?

The Devil’s Rejects

*Prada knockoffs.

I Am Legend

*Sounds like someone has a big ego.

Drag Me to Hell

*Just don’t drag me to see “Hello Dolly”.

Curtains

*Scarlett O’Hara looks great in ’em.

Boo!  A Madea Halloween

*Scares up plenty of laughs.

Final Destination

*We’ve reached the end !

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  Have a happily haunted Halloween !!!

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September 15, 2016

Coming Soon: “Moana”

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Coming Soon: Moana

This looks like Rock-solid entertainment !

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Featuring the voice talents of Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson !

Making a splash in theaters 11/23/16

Walt Disney Animation Studios

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March 1, 2016

The Divergent Series: Allegiant (Official Clip) – “Generator”

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Coming Soon: Allegiant

The Divergent adventure continues !

Here is an official clip “Generator”:

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Happy #PledgeAllegiant Day !!!

In Theaters 03/18/16

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February 3, 2016

Daniel’s Critical Corner: “The Finest Hours”

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It Would Be Much Warmer In SPARTA !!!

Hello Everyone !
~ Welcome to Daniel’s Critical Corner ~
Take Some Time to Enjoy:
The Finest Hours

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Walt Disney Pictures’ rousing rescue adventure has finally splashed down,
and it is guaranteed to chill you to the bone !  Especially if you forget your
jacket.  Heck, theaters are pretty cold this time of year.  No matter where
you reside (tropical or tundra) “The Finest Hours” will shiver your timbers !

This harrowing true story stars a fine fellow who most of you will recognize
as Captain James T. Kirk from the recent “Star Trek” flicks, Mr. Chris Pine.
It would have been great to have William Shatner on board, if only to hear
his version of a New England accent.

The action takes place near Cape Cod, in the early fifties.  A dashing dude
(a crewman in the Coast Guard) is trying to woo Lucille Ball’s doppelgänger.
Bernard “Bernie” Webber (Pine) initially puts his best foot forward.  But he
flubs up and the aforementioned foot winds up in his mouth !

Miriam (played by Holliday Grainger) is an adorable dame, yet Bernie says
she looks like Yogi Bear !  Or was it Yogi Berra ?  Well, Miriam is sporting a
fur coat and he makes a rather grizzly joke.  Oh, I remember now, he says
she resembles Smokey the Bear !  Beats Fuzzy Wuzzy, I suppose.

Fuzzy…  Whoops, I mean Miriam…  Just giggles daintily and falls head over
heals for the enthusiastic Bernie.  After a few dates, they decide to attend
a sock hop (or whatever dance parties were called back in 1952).  Bernie’s
quite the dancer, and he teaches Miriam his moves.

As they twirl about, Miriam asks Bernie to marry her !!!   He has a hissy fit
and runs outside.  He thinks his job’s too dangerous, and that he might be
hurt in the line of duty.  She says she is willing to take that chance…

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I’m A Chicken When It Comes To The Sea !!!

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These two characters do have a certain amount of chemistry, and Holliday
is a great actress, but everything seems rushed.  She also becomes a total
worrywart right away.  Miriam’s role in the movie is borderline gratuitous at
times.  Nevertheless, every romantic element stays afloat.

Bernie has to get permission from his boss to marry Miriam, but as he tries
a giant winter storm’s wrecking havoc on the ocean.  Several ships nearby
are in peril, and it ain’t long before our hero has to leave his lady high and
dry !

Miriam attempts to call, but Bernard doesn’t want to brawl about a squall, so
he risks it all.  He is put in charge of a rescue mission, with only three other
sailors willing to help him !  Turns out, an oil tanker (The SS Pendleton) has
snapped in half, and hope for the survivors is sinking fast !!!

All he has at his disposal is a small boat designed to hold a few people.  The
problem is, there are roughly thirty guys aboard the troubled tanker.  But he
is determined to make it work !  Drawing inspiration from Titanic’s Rose, and
all the people she saved on her little plank…  Oh, wait…  Never mind.

Meanwhile, the salty dogs on the Pendleton are doing what they can to keep
away from a watery doom.  Ray Sybert, a soft-spoken bloke (Casey Affleck)
manages to employ some crazy survival techniques !  At first, the crew balks
at his suggestions, but Ray’s advice buys them time…

Bernard is riding the waves (in grand fashion) with his small crew on his tiny
Tinkertoy tugboat.  Everyone’s telling him he should turn back, and that this
rescue mission is insane.  Bernie won’t hear any of it.  Not only because his
ears are iced-over, but because this is what he signed up for !!!

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We’re In Trouble.  My Dinghy Is Frozen Solid.

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When the floating thimble arrives at its destination, the suspense becomes
almost unbearable !!!  My tummy was in nautical knots as the Coast Guard
guys try to figure out what to do.  People are poised to perish !!!

What happens next is literally one for the history books !  All of the actors
bring this true story to life, in memorable ways.  Pine is unforgettable, and
Affleck really rocks (the boat) !  Eric Bana plays a top banana with plenty
of aplomb, and Ben Foster is also on deck.

The special effects really make a splash in this amazing period piece.  Each
huge wave created by the sinister snowstorm is intimidating and formidable
(and every scene is flooded with magnificent performances) !

 Come rain or shine, check out “The Finest Hours”  !!!

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Would I Recommend This ?  Yes

Daniel’s Critical Rating:  8 out of 10

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January 5, 2016

Daniel’s Critical Corner: The Best of (and the Rest of) 2015

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Time To Shut The Door On Yet Another Year.

Hello Everyone !
~ Welcome to Daniel’s Critical Corner ~
Today We Celebrate:

The Best of (and the Rest of) 2015

Hello from the other side (of my computer screen).  I am suffering from a
touch of whiplash at the moment, due to the fact that I’ve been glancing
back quite a bit at 2015’s film offerings !

This past year was memorable.  So many awesome cinematic treasures to
appreciate !  Of course, the definition of treasure is highly subjective.  All
of the pirates in “Pan” can offer a better perspective on that…

Sadly, not all Rogers are Jolly.  It’s either sink or swim !  Thank goodness
something always rises to the top !  Here are the movies that managed to
make wonderful waves !!!

The Best of 2015:

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Cinderella

*You’ll have a ball !

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Jurassic World

*If something chases you, be sure that you can run in heels.

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No, Mom, I Said I Saw A Dinosaur
Not Dinah Shore !

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The Martian

*One of my favorites.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

*A force to be reckoned with !

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Ant-Man

*Big on adventure !

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The Dry Cleaners Shrunk My Suit  !!!

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Inside Out

*It’s what makes us smile and pout.

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Creed

*Really packs a punch !

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Spare Parts

*Inspirational (and put together nicely).

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^ Esther Williams Fans.

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Furious 7

*The ultimate road trip !

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Bridge of Spies

*Thanks, Hanks.

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There you have it !  Ten of my favorite films from 2015.  Let’s
take a look at some equally noteworthy titles !!!

 Honorable Mentions:

~ Mad Max: Fury Road
Straight Outta Compton ~
~ The Big Short
The Peanuts Movie ~
~ Spectre
The Good Dinosaur ~
~ McFarland, USA
Mr. Holmes ~
~ Spotlight
Brooklyn ~
~ I Am Big Bird:
The Caroll Spinney Story
Southpaw ~
~ Spy
Minions ~
~ Carol
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl ~
~ Ex Machina
Shaun the Sheep Movie ~
~ Sisters
Avengers: Age of Ultron ~
~ Trainwreck
Sicario ~
~ When Marnie Was There
Janis: Little Girl Blue ~
~ The Visit
The Hunger Games:
Mockingjay – Part 2 ~

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Those movies are a breath of fresh air !  And fresh air is
going to be required here pretty soon ! Time to peek at
the worst films of 2015.  Get a whiff of these stinkers
below…

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Dishonorable Mentions:

The Fantastic Four

To say it was decent would be stretching the truth.

The Green Inferno

It’s not easy being green.

Hot Pursuit

Went cold.

Pixels

GAME OVER 

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Ha-ha !  Have a wonderful 2016.  Come back soon !!!

Daniel’s Critical Corner: Always a “10” out of “10” !!!

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November 23, 2015

Coming Soon: “Zootopia”

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 Coming Soon: Zootopia

Take a moment to slow down (and watch this cute trailer).

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October 29, 2015

Halloween Favorites: Blood Moon Mania

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 There Are Just Too Many Movies To Choose From !

Hello Everyone !
~ I Bid You Welcome ~
Tickling Your Funny Bone Today:
Halloween Favorites: Blood Moon Mania

Good evening.  Or Morning.  Or good whatever (depending on when you’re
reading this).  Ultimately, it doesn’t matter when you view this hauntingly
hilarious list.  Night crawlers and day dwellers alike will be thrilled !

Well, at least I hope all of my readers will be satisfied ! Who knows what
morning-people enjoy as Count Dracula retires to his coffin ?  I suppose
they watch “Good Morning America” while eating a healthy breakfast that
features grapefruit.  Then, they probably go for a bike ride (even if there
is a chill in the air).  Scary !!!

The chilly air is a signal that autumn winds are flushing out specters from
their shadowy hiding places.  As Halloween approaches, we will be in our
warm abodes, just waiting for ghastly goblins to encroach upon our front
doorsteps.  Costumed crusaders craving candy !  Trick-or-treaters !

Here are some spellbinding cinematic suggestions (to help get you past
the craziness).

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Onibaba

  *Ba ba ba ba Barbara Ann !

Night of the Living Dead

*They’re coming to get you, Ba ba ba ba Barbara !

Crimson Peak

*These people need to see Dr. Phil immediately.

We Are Still Here

*Might as well pull up a chair.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

*Is clearly photoshopped !

Island of Lost Souls

*Fans of “One Direction” these days.

The Invisible Man

*Has to be seen to be believed !

The Cat and the Canary

*Feathers are ruffled.

Friday the 13th Part 2

*Parts is parts.

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It’s Hard To Pick My Favorite Sequel !!!

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The Old Dark House

*Needs a few light bulbs.

Goosebumps

*A gaggle of giggles.

Cujo

*The original “Grumpy Puppy” (no offense to Earl) !

The Last Witch Hunter

*Entertaining (for a spell).

The Book of Life

*Lively indeed !

Maggie

*Schwarzenegger terminates zombies.

The Man in Half Moon Street

*Sounds like a wardrobe malfunction !

Zombies on Broadway

*No, it’s not Angela Lansbury’s latest production.

Dracula Untold

*Do tell !

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Forgetting My Comb Was A Grave Error.

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The Visit

*Old-fashioned scares !

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

*She misplaced her car keys.

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

*Thanks to Instagram !

Terror Train

*Stays on track.

Dracula’s Daughter

*Is batty.

The Wolf Man

*Hair today, gone tomorrow !

It Came From Outer Space

*And now resides in Roswell.

The Exorcist

*Will make your head spin.

Jaws

*Fin.

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 Happy Halloween !!!

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March 4, 2015

Coming Soon: “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

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What’s all the rageThe new “Age” !!!

~ Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron ~

Coming to theaters soon !!!

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From Marvel Studios

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January 9, 2015

Daniel’s Critical Corner: The Best of 2014

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Flippin’ Awesome !!!

Hello Everyone !
~ Welcome to Daniel’s Critical Corner ~
Today’s Lively List:

The Best of 2014

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Yet another year has flown right by, leaving us “hooked on a feeling” (with
stars in our eyes).  Appropriate, because I think everyone on the planet is
counting down the days until the new “Star Wars” movie premieres !

But, before we look ahead, we must look behind.  No, I’m not talking about
Niki Minaj’s “Anaconda” video.  I’m talking about 2014 in film !  There were
so many memorable artistic endeavors to choose from…

Here are the ten best:

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvelous entertainment !

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Fury

Tanks for the memories !

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 I’m Sorry, I Just Threw My Paper Bag Away !

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Life Itself

Roger Ebert will always be an inspiration !

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The Hobbit:  Battle of the Five Armies

Warning:  This franchise could be Hobbit-forming.

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Big Hero 6

Sounds like a deli sandwich !  Please, hold the tomatoes

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OK, That’s It For Autographs Today !

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Neighbors

I’m on team Michael Keaton.

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Maleficent

Angelina Jolie opens up a can of old-school Hollywood magic !

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The Hundred-Foot Journey

Definitely worth the trip.

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 All Great Chefs Need A Fog Machine !!!

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The Theory of Everything

Gets Everything Right !

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The Imitation Game

Accept no substitutes.

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There you have it, ten of 2014’s finest !  Here are a few more that should
get a nod (and a wink) as well.  Some are award-worthy, and some are
just frivolous fun…

Honorable Mentions:

~ The Lego Movie
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ~
~ The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Captain America: The Winter Soldier ~
~ Magic in the Moonlight
The Grand Budapest Hotel ~
~ The Equalizer
Into the Woods ~
~ Interstellar
Birdman ~
~ Boyhood
Planes: Fire & Rescue ~
~ Annie
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit ~
~ St. Vincent
X-Men: Days of Future Past ~
~ Penguins of Madagascar
Muppets Most Wanted ~
~ The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible,
No Good, Very Bad Day ~
~ The Signal
`How to Train Your Dragon 2 ~
~ Transformers: Age of Extinction
The Raid 2 ~
~ Godzilla

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There are plenty of quality cinematic charmers for your consideration.
Now, it’s time for the inevitable.  Light a candle and open the window,
the three flicks below are some real stinkers !

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2014’s Shame:

A Haunted House 2

(The number 2 is an understatement)

Into the Storm

(I wanted out of the theater)

Vampire Academy

(Flunks on all counts)

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Ha-ha !!!  Have a great 2015 !!!  Come back soon !!!

Daniel’s Critical Corner:  Always a “10” out of “10” !!!

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