‘The Promise’ uses a love triangle to tell the story of the Armenian Genocide

There is no shortage of films on the Armenian Genocide. 20 documentary films since 1945. 15 feature movies prior to The Promise from writer/director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda, Reservation Road). However, given the refusal of the government of Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide over a century later, the issue is important enough to warrant another feature telling the tale.

X-Men: Apocalypse is good. It’s fun to watch. But it isn’t brilliant.

James McAvoy in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

“This is the way the world ends.  Not with a bang but a whimper.” – T.S. Eliot

Let’s begin with this disclaimer.  It isn’t June yet and thus far in 2016 we’ve seen three other “superhero” blockbusters.  Deadpool, Batman versus Superman:  Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War all hit the multiplexes and did well.  So maybe we are suffering from superhero fatigue of a sort and not giving the latest X-Men film a fair shake.  Or maybe the expectations were too high.  It should also be noted that this is the 9th film in the mutant movie franchise since X-Men came out in the year 2000.

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‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ amazes, and enthralls

On May 25, 1977 in only 42 theaters, what we now know as ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” opened.  Its writer/director George Lucas was so convinced that it would not be a hit, he traded a small portion of his percentage of the movie’s profits to his friend Stephen Spielberg for an equal percentage of Spielberg’s profits from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  In spite of the fact that Spielberg’s film was successful, he definitely got the best of that deal.

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’10 Years’ is a better than average directorial debut for Jamie Linden

Kate Mara and Oscar Isaac in ’10 Years’

10 Years is just what it sounds like.  It is the ten year reunion of a group of former high school classmates.  Just like any real reunion, the graduates travel from close by and far away to spend a night drinking, reconnecting and sharing what’s gone in their lives over the decade since they graduated.  Some people dread receiving that invitation in the mail, others salivate and wait impatiently for its arrival and the chance to go.

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