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Stephen Bradley

Stephen Bradley
Stephen Bradley is an avid music listener and an occasional writer. He grew up in the Washington DC area and has been embedded in the local music scene for years. Currently he lives in Vienna, VA. He enjoys bands that have been broken up for at least a decade.

Review: ‘John Wick, Chapter 2.’ Another slick Wick flick?

Starring Keanu Reeves, Wick’s latest adventure solidifies both the character and franchise’s action film credentials with a nod toward B-movie ideals. Laurence Fishburne also stars.

‘Arrival’ returns to theaters: Too esoteric for an Oscar?

Starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner and directed by Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival” focuses on a novel concept involving the juncture of time and language.

“La La Land”: Does nostalgia still work in our cynical age?

Slowly rolled out around the turn of this year, “La La Land” as a revival of the film musical isn’t perfect. But it seems to be touching a 21st century nostalgia chord.

‘Loving’: Putting a human face on America’s Civil Rights era

Jeff Nichols’ deeply introspective film "Loving" moves beyond a landmark 1960s Civil Rights case and gets up close and personal with the human beings at its heart.

Marvel’s ‘Dr. Strange’: Visually dazzling yet somehow sterile

“Dr. Strange” offers the most imaginative and astounding visuals yet in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But the characters and mythology often lack depth.

‘Moonlight’: Barry Jenkins’ moving coming-of-age masterpiece

“Moonlight” is a sensitive, often beautiful meditation on the complex and confusing life experiences of its gay, conflicted central character, Chiron.

Movie Review: ‘The Accountant’ is one strange yet admirable film

Starring Ben Affleck, this complex study of a functioning autistic anti-hero morphs into an unexpectedly tense action thriller loaded with memorable characters.

‘Sully’: Compelling biopic stumbles but avoids a fall

Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” is never coy about what it wants to accomplish. But this well wrought tale of an American hero stumbles when the NTSB enters the room.

‘Morgan’: Science fiction horror thriller doesn’t hit its mark

What 20th Century Fox thought this film was going to be wasn’t actually the film director Luke Scott created.

‘War Dogs’: A buddy dramedy that doesn’t quite hit the mark

The biggest problem in “War Dogs” is director Todd Phillips’ insistence on making characters David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli the focus of a troubling tale.

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Finding Grace with Emily Kaplan: “Gurl Sixteen” Part II

"Gurl Sixteen" Emily Kaplan was fiery, inspiring, profane, whip smart, unafraid and indulgently infuriating, creating passionate drama like a raucous scene from a John Cassavetes movie.