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Father Figures

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59uWyPklsy0 dir. Lawrence Sher reviewed by Dakota Drobnicki Long story short: this movie is terrible, don't go see it. For those of you who decided to continue reading, let's get the plot summary out of the way first. Comedy superstars Ed Helms and Owen Wilson are twin brothers that don't know who their dad is. Ed Helms has become a proctologist who hates his job and his phone-addicted lifeless husk
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Pitch Perfect 3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hihto8onbUU dir. Trish Sie reviewed by Dakota Drobnicki May I begin with how glad I am that Mike Myers seems to have given up on comedies? The soul-crushing anguish brought on by The Cat In The Hat and The Love Guru thankfully led to poor box office performance and Myers' retreat into the shadows. He pops up for dramatic roles now and then, but seems to have kept good on
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The Greatest Showman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXCTMGYUg9A dir. Michael Gracey reviewed by Dakota Drobnicki La La Land was last year's Christmas musical triumph for the city dwellers who were actually able to see it in December. It didn't come here in Bemidji until February or something, since it was one of those "limited" (i.e. major cities) Christmas releases for Oscar consideration that rolled out into less metropolitan territories later. This comparison is important because the producers
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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QKg5SZ_35I&t=2s dir. Jake Kasdan reviewed by Dakota Drobnicki The original Jumanji from 1995 is a nostalgic touchstone of my generation, snuggled right in the time period of Nicktoons and the Windows 95 startup sound. It's often cited as one of the best Robin Williams movies... at least, by younger folks who likely haven't seen Good Morning Vietnam, The Fisher King, One Hour Photo or even Toys. Personally, while Robin's performance
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0CbN8sfihY dir. Rian Johnson reviewed by Dakota Drobnicki There is yet another disturbance in the Force. The notoriously fickle Star Wars fanbase (which, yes, includes yours truly) is up in arms yet again over the saga's newest chapter. For a particularly telling example, the Rotten Tomatoes audience rating for The Last Jedi currently sits at a whopping 56%, one point lower than the abysmal Attack of the Clones' audience rating.
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Music, Mutton, and More: Music Department Preps for 49th Annual Madrigal Dinners

By Daltyn Lofstrom Bemidji State University is holding its 49th annual Madrigal Dinners November 30th through December 3rd. Four evening performances of Dr. Paul Brandvik’s “The Truth Fairy” will take place at 7 p.m. each day with a 1 p.m. matinee December 3rd. Tickets are available in the Madrigal Dinners ticket office, room 101 in Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. One can also buy online tickets or print an order form
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JIGSAW (2017)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPP6aIw1vgY dir. The Spierig Brothers reviewed by Dakota Drobnicki How you responded to the news that an eighth Saw film would finally happen, after seven years of dormancy, will likely reflect your feelings on the film itself if you go see it. People who hated the series when it was fresh need not apply, especially if they're the annoying snarky type. Those who were more ambivalent towards it, who were
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GEOSTORM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EedQSLI33MA dir. Dean Devlin (reshoots dir. Danny Cannon) reviewed by Dakota Drobnicki On the heels of the recent storms that ripped through Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, one might wonder why Warner Bros. would opt to release this movie at this time. After all, MGM pushed back their Death Wish reboot from November to March right after the recent Las Vegas massacre. I'm guessing it's because it was this movie's
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AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCN3Ouo-Hys dir. Franck Khalfoun reviewed by Dakota Drobnicki Here I am after finally seeing a film that, even in a form that might be pretty far removed from its original intent, has been floating in the back of my mind for a couple years as a holy grail of sorts. For a while, the idea of seeing this recent collaboration between Blumhouse and Dimension Films in any form gave me
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THE FOREIGNER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33iuQu3UtjI dir. Martin Campbell reviewed by Dakota Drobnicki Thanks to the ever-increasing influence of the Chinese market on international box office totals, we finally have another Jackie Chan vehicle making its way to a wide theatrical release in the States! One of the world’s greatest entertainers returns to American screens for the first time since the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid. Many fellow Jackie fanatics haven’t taken as kindly