Eric D. Snider

Movie Review: "Other People" B- September 9, 2016

Cancer brings the whole family together

[In theaters and Video on Demand.] ••• There's a tendency among first-time filmmakers to assume that being autobiographical makes a movie unique, even when it addresses subjects and situations that have been covered a thousand times before. You can see the logic. Sure, indie films about a slightly directionless young man returning to his hometown to deal with family strife are a dime a dozen. But mine is different: it's based on the time that I returned to MY hometown to deal with MY family!

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Movie Review: "Sully" C+ September 8, 2016

The story you already know, but for $12

Today on "Why Is This a Movie?," we're talking about "Sully," Clint Eastwood's dramatization of the January 2009 incident where Capt. Chesley Sullenberger (not a fake name) landed a plane full of passengers on the Hudson River without anyone being hurt. So not only is this a story everyone already knows, but the whole reason everyone knows it -- the thing it's famous for -- is that nothing happens in it. An excellent choice for your 357th movie, Mr. Eastwood! A story defined by its lack of drama!

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Movie Review: "Tickled (documentary)" A- September 5, 2016

Last batch of reviews from summer '16

A roundup of movies I saw this summer but didn't immediately review. These short takes, based on my notes, memory, and podcast recordings, aren't as detailed as usual, and I wouldn't put any of them up as examples of my best writing. But I figured you'd rather have brief observations than no observations at all, especially where high-quality, under-the-radar films are concerned, and also "Independence Day: Resurgence."

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Eric's Blog September 2, 2016

Friday movie roundup - Sept. 2

And just like that, summer is gone. Life is fleeting. We should make the most of it by seeing as many movies as we can. Here are my most recent reviews:

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Movie Review: "Morgan" C+ September 2, 2016

Artificial intelligence, but real danger

Arrogant scientists create something unnatural and underestimate how powerful it is in ... well, in a lot of movies, now that we think about it. Maybe two-thirds of all science fiction? But "Morgan" is the one we're talking about today, the eager but lukewarm feature debut from director Luke Scott, whose father, Ridley, already holds a place of honor in the genre.

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Movie Review: "Yoga Hosers" F September 2, 2016

A roundup of movies I saw this summer but didn't immediately review. These short takes, based on my notes, memory, and podcast recordings, aren't as detailed as usual, and I wouldn't put any of them up as examples of my best writing. But I figured you'd rather have brief observations than no observations at all, especially where high-quality, under-the-radar films are concerned, and also "Independence Day: Resurgence."

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Movie Review: "Southside with You" B- August 30, 2016

Let me introduce my date, BARACK OBAMA

Whatever you think of Barack Obama as a president, his loving, affectionate relationship with Michelle sets a good example for all married people, and might be the most unassailable aspect of his legacy. So it makes a certain kind of sense that the first major Obama biopic would actually be a romantic dramedy about Barack and Michelle's first date, in Chicago, one fateful day in the summer of 1989.

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Movie Review: "Mechanic: Resurrection" C August 26, 2016

Reader, I'm not going to demean us both by pretending to remember anything about "The Mechanic" (2011) except for the fact that I saw it. (I already looked to see if I wrote a review. I didn't.) It was during that period where every January there was a new movie about Jason Statham getting into fights and killing people, but it wasn't one of the good movies from that batch. Or else I'd remember it, duh.

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Movie Review: "Don't Breathe" B+ August 25, 2016

Maybe don't rob houses in the first place

"Don't Breathe" is satisfying, meat-and-potatoes horror, the kind that takes a simple premise, adds a couple of flourishes, makes the most of it for 85 minutes, then gets out before it can overstay its welcome. We would all do well to emulate "Don't Breathe."

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Movie Review: "Free to Run (documentary)" B- August 25, 2016

Run! Run like it's not weird to do that!

[In theaters and Video on Demand.] ••• With the sport of running now being enjoyed (if that's the right word) by millions of people worldwide, it's easy to forget that until about 1970, it was rare and bizarre, a pastime for "masochistic weirdos." That's the phrase used by one enthusiast in the enjoyably informative documentary "Free to Run," which traces the sport's history over the last few decades and includes details that may surprise you.

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