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Evan Crean

I've been a film critic and entertainment journalist for Starpulse.com since 2009. I also produce movie and book reviews for my personal site Reelrecon.com. My favorite genres of film are action, comedy, sci-fi, and horror.
  • Somerville, MA
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A dark story with loving attention to detail.

Seeing The Dark Crystal on the big screen in 70mm as part of a 70mm festival was a real treat. The format provides great depth and texture to the impeccably detailed art direction and puppetry performed by Jim Henson and his team. You often find yourself in awe of Henson’s loving attention to detail, in a way that’s almost distracting from the narrative. All of the film’s creatures are uniquely designed and its...

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Thrilling modern Western.

Hell or High Water is a thrilling modern Western where the lawmen and the outlaws are equally developed compelling characters, neither entirely good nor entirely bad, but still very sympathetic. As movie’s outlaw brothers Ben Foster is mesmerizing as the crazy brother and Chris Pine gives the performance of his career with this soulful turn as the smart, sensible one who wears the weight of the world on his...

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Good, but hangs too much on Redmayne's performance

Eddie Redmayne’s transformation into Stephen Hawking for The Theory of Everything is not only astounding in its intense physicality, but impressive because it gives much-needed dimension to one of history’s greatest scientific figures. Redmayne portrays Hawking as a fascinating individual with a warm smile and a mischievous sense of humor, that prevails even during the darkest times. Unfortunately, the film...

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Redneck Ocean's Eleven.

Logan Lucky is essentially a redneck version Ocean’s Eleven, but at least it's self-aware about its derivative nature. It also helps that the film is made by the same person, which gives the proceedings a much-needed consistency. If you’re planning to rip off Steven Soderbergh, there’s no better person to do it than Soderbergh himself, because he brings specific grandeur to the composition of his shots and to the...

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Meticulously researched and constructed.

There are tons of horror films that put little to no effort into their plots or production values, so it's always nice to see movies like The Witch that are meticulously researched and constructed. Writer/director Robert Eggers borrows from a wealth of historical documents and folklore to create a convincing tale about a Puritan family terrorized by supernatural forces in 17th century Massachusetts. His picture...

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Inception Is Powerfully Imaginative

Naysayers may compare this film to 1999’s “The Matrix” and its idea that the line between reality and fantasy is a fine one. While there are some commonalities, what truly sets “Inception” apart though is its stress on dreams as commodity, as well as the creation of dreams within dreams. The use of that concept adds to the complexity and excitement of the film. As you sit there hoping the various dreams line up...

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Best when it's focused on action.

Triple 9 is a sweaty, grimy crime drama that's at its best when it focuses on action. John Hillcoat's film delivers several tense action scenes including two epic heists, a wild shootout at an apartment complex, and two close quartered gunfights that lead to fatalities. Its narrative on the other hand, leaves something to be desired. From a plot perspective, the movie is overstuffed with its narrative about...

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Moving, but too much of a slow burn romance.

Call Me by Your Name is a heartbreaking tale of first love that’s respectful to the gay experience, especially during the 1980s, when many gay men had to remain closeted to live normal lives. Although its love story it’s moving, the film is too much of a slow burn, delaying the spark between Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer) for long enough that you almost lose interest before the flames of...

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Underrated Tony Scott and Tom Cruise movie.

I’ve always believed that Days Of Thunder was underrated, as a Tony Scott movie and as a Tom Cruise movie. Seeing it again, this time on the big screen in 70mm, only further cemented that opinion. In 70mm, the film’s cinematography, sound mixing and editing come alive, turning NASCAR into a thrilling competitive sport, that demands attention. Aside from its visual spectacle, Days Of Thunder is also ahead of its...

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Atmospheric, but slow and doesn't dig deep enough.

For all the years of hype surrounding the franchise, I didn’t expect a Blade Runner sequel to be any good. And Blade Runner 2049 probably wouldn’t be if not for director Denis Villeneuve. He builds upon Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner by expanding the narrative in some fascinating ways and creating a film that feels like it takes place in the same world, albeit sometime many years in the future. Villeneuve nails Scott...

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Scarier and more effective than the mini series.

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Not as good as I remember.

Muppet Treasure Island was one of my childhood staples, so I recognize how inherently biased I am toward it. Upon my most recent viewing, I felt sad because started to notice its flaws a lot more, like how its humor isn’t nearly as sharp and its songs not nearly as memorable as those from Muppet films before Disney acquired them. That said, there’s still a lot that works, especially Tim Curry in the role of Long...

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Gut-wrenching horror you only need to see once.

Raw is an incredibly creepy, gut-wrenching horror film about a young vegetarian woman who discovers a thirst for human flesh after enrolling in veterinary school where her older sister also studies. As a horror movie it’s suspenseful and captivating with a wonderful final reveal, but it’s the kind of gross that makes you feel like one viewing is all it takes to get what you need from it.

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Darkly comic statement about religion.

The Women’s Balcony is darkly comic film about an Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem whose quiet existence is thrown into disarray after the women’s balcony at their synagogue collapses, forcing the temple's indefinite closure and causing their rabbi to lose his mind. In the spiritual vacuum left behind, a young, more pious rabbi (Avraham Aviv Alush) steps in, pushing the men and in turn the women, to become...

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An underrated 80s comedy.

Real Genius is a sweet coming-of-age comedy about the misadventures of a brilliant 15-year-old named Mitch Taylor (Gabriel Jarret) who enrolls in a prestigious California technical college to work on a top secret laser project. What makes this 80s movie so sweet is that instead of hazing Mitch, the college’s resident genius Chris Knight (Val Kilmer) takes Mitch under his wing to teach him to relax and to develop a...

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