Category - Movies & TV

The Dogs of War — “Megan Leavey”

By Kimberly White   “They aren’t pets. They aren’t even dogs anymore. They’re warriors,” Gunny Martin (Common) warns Megan (Kate Mara) in Megan Leavey.   I’d anticipated this movie for months, and attended the first showing at Destin Commons the day it was released to almost universal acclaim...

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“Hidden Figures” Worth Discovering

By Zandra Wolfgram   Hidden Figures, based on a book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), three brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who...

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“Moonlight” Feels Right

The Academy Awards are approaching, and Florida should be taking notice.   Moonlight is a frontrunner for several Oscars, coming in with eight nominations, but it has already been nominated for 250-some odd prestigious film awards, and has already won 96, including the Robert Altman...

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The Best Movies of 2016

By David C. Simmons   1. Moonlight (Directed by Barry Jenkins). Moonlight is immersive cinema. You’re not merely watching; you’re living it. Director Jenkins achieves this, in part, by placing the camera (and the spectator) right in front of characters as they speak directly ahead, with no place to...

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Spotlight on the 2016 Oscars

By Dr. David C. Simmons   The Academy Awards will be presented Sunday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. Here are my predictions in some of the top categories.   BEST PICTURE The Big Short Bridge of Spies Brooklyn Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian The Revenant Room Spotlight   Will Win: The Revenant...

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10 Films to See Right Now

By Dr. David C. Simmons   With awards season upon us—as well as the deluge of crap that Hollywood unloads on movie screens this time of year—we’re happy to share Dr. Simmons’ picks for the best films of 2015.   1. The Danish Girl (Directed by Tom Hooper). The best film of 2015 is also the most...

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