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Collin Parker (@popcollin to the Twitter savvy) has been a movie critic since 2009 -- this, despite his current occupation (marketing), his college education (political science), and his childhood dream (broadcast journalism). Like the vast majority of the planet's cool people, he is a child of the 80s.

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  • Jackie: Movie Review
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    Jackie: Movie Review

    2 days ago

    Since winning the Oscar for her performance as ballerina Nina Sayers in 2010’s Black Swan, Natalie Portman’s acting career has included the so-so No Strings Attached, the horribly misguided Your ...

  • Live by Night: Movie Review
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    Live by Night: Movie Review

    3 days ago

    So far three of Dennis Lehane’s novels have been adapted for the screen, and though Shutter Island wasn’t as good as Gone Baby Gone, which wasn’t as good as Mystic...

  • Hidden Figures: Movie Review
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    Hidden Figures: Movie Review

    9 days ago

    2016 has been a year full of historical films, many of which gave the spotlight to little-known true stories. From Loving to Hacksaw Ridge to even the mediocre ...

  • Underworld - Blood Wars: Movie Review
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    Underworld - Blood Wars: Movie Review

    9 days ago

    Before the Twilight series was even a fragment in author Stephenie Meyer’s mind, the Underworld franchise introduced us to the contentious co-existence of werewolves and vampires. Since that time...

  • Fences: Film Review
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    Fences: Film Review

    10 days ago

    Back in 2010 Denzel Washington and Viola Davis trod the boards for three months in a Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Pulitzer-winning play Fences. Both won Tonys for their performances, and ...

  • Lion: Movie Review
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    Lion: Movie Review

    2 weeks ago

    Five years old and a thousand miles from home in an Indian province of people who don’t speak the same language (not that five-year-olds have much of a command ...

  • Passengers: Movie Review
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    Passengers: Movie Review

    2 weeks ago

    A space age love story. A race-against-time action flick. A morality play. A sci-fi drama. A Cast Away-esque solitary tale. Had screenwriter Jon Spaihts chosen any one of the above, we might have ...

  • Manchester by the Sea: Movie Review
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    Manchester by the Sea: Movie Review

    2 weeks ago

    More often than not, grief is presented in movies as something to overcome, a painful thing family members join together to fight or that individuals successfully struggle to beat. But sometimes ...

  • Sing: Movie Review
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    Sing: Movie Review

    2 weeks ago

    With all the memes making their way through the interwebs these days about what a god-awful year 2016 was, take some comfort in the fact that things end on an upbeat note (at least at the cineplex)...

  • Moonlight: Movie Review
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    Moonlight: Movie Review

    4 weeks ago

    More often than not it seems movies try to throw everything possible at audiences in an effort to entertain, whether it’s big stars, big effects, overly-intricate plots, whiz-bang animation, sight ...

  • Rogue One: Movie Review
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    Rogue One: Movie Review

    4 weeks ago

    Now that’s how you make a Star Wars movie. Not only does Rogue One fit snuggly into the Lucas-created universe, it all but erases the many annoyances caused by last year’s Episode VII: The Force ...

  • Nocturnal Animals: Movie Review
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    Nocturnal Animals: Movie Review

    5 weeks ago

    Back in 2009 fashion designer Tom Ford turned heads with his directorial debut, the riveting A Single Man. It’s taken six years for his follow-up, and though it doesn’t quite equal his first effort ..

  • Office Christmas Party: Movie Review
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    Office Christmas Party: Movie Review

    5 weeks ago

    Three screenwriters, three story developers, and two directors─the people responsible for The Hangover, Blades of Glory, and Borat. Plus Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, TJ Miller, Kate McKinnon...

  • Loving: Movie Review
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    Loving: Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    I’ll admit I hadn’t heard of the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia before seeing the poignant film from director Jeff Nichols (Mud). I’m not alone...

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Movie Review
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    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    It’s easy to imagine that if a person went from living on welfare to being a multi-millionaire in a mere five years, all because of some books she wrote, that she would want to keep on writing...

  • Moana: Movie Review
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    Moana: Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Being the daughter of a Pacific Island chief, young Moana is technically a princess, and halfway through her namesake Disney movie, she’s in fact told, “if you wear a dress and have an animal ...

  • Allied: Movie Review
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    Allied: Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Not even fifteen minutes into Allied, I found myself wondering, “Who is the amateurish director responsible for this thing?” The whole movie has a feeling of artificiality hovering over it. The ...

  • Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: Movie Review
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    Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Barely a month ago Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk was a shoo-in for a Best Picture nod and widely considered one of the favorites to win. But that was based solely ...

  • Trolls: Movie Review
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    Trolls: Movie Review

    8 weeks ago

    Trolls haven’t always enjoyed a particularly warm and fuzzy connotation, from the billy goats gruffs’ nemesis to the current internet slugs, but Dreamworks Animation is doing everything it can to ...

  • The Edge of Seventeen: Movie Review
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    The Edge of Seventeen: Movie Review

    8 weeks ago

    For more than thirty years, the John Hughes canon has served as the paragon of teen movies. Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, and the rest may not have been perfect (let’s face it─The Breakfast Club...

  • Arrival: Movie Review
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    Arrival: Movie Review

    2 months ago

    Prisoners in 2013 and Sicario in 2015. Each were among the most powerful and riveting movies of their respective years, and director Denis Villeneuve was the man behind them both. So it’s no wonder...

  • Doctor Strange: Movie Review
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    Doctor Strange: Movie Review

    2 months ago

    Hand it to them right now. It’s barely November, but the Oscar for Visual Effects is already in the bag. As great as The Jungle Book was, and as nifty as Rogue One will likely be, there’s nothing ...

  • Hacksaw Ridge: Movie Review
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    Hacksaw Ridge: Movie Review

    2 months ago

    After ten years as public enemy number one in Hollywood (and well-deserved...but we’ll just leave it at that) Mel Gibson is back. And let’s not think for a second it’s a coincidence the film that ...

  • Inferno: Movie Review
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    Inferno: Movie Review

    2 months ago

    Word of advice for anyone ever planning on becoming a villain: don’t waste time explaining your nefarious plot to your intended target; you will surely end up dead, and your plot will be foiled...

  • Keeping Up with the Joneses: Movie Review
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    Keeping Up with the Joneses: Movie Review

    2 months ago

    Director Greg Mottola certainly has it in him. We know he can direct both a big-budget riot (2007’s Superbad) and a small-budget gem (2009’s Adventureland). Perhaps we’ll never know, however, what ...

  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - Movie Review
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    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - Movie Review

    2 months ago

    When Jack Reacher hit theaters in 2012 it did okay for itself, making just under a quarter-billion dollars and winning over the majority of both critics (myself included) and audiences. Much of the...

  • The Accountant: Movie Review
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    The Accountant: Movie Review

    3 months ago

    The quick and easy five-word description of The Accountant is “Rain Man meets Jason Bourne”, but that doesn’t even begin to get to the heart of the film...

  • Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life - Movie Review
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    Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life - Movie Review

    3 months ago

    Director Steve Carr has made a nice little living for himself directing pleasant family films. Not great family films, and certain not memorable family films, but tolerable little diversions like ...

  • Kevin Hart: What Now? - Movie Review
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    Kevin Hart: What Now? - Movie Review

    3 months ago

    This year, for the first time in the decade-long history of Forbes’ list of the highest-paid comedians, the top earner is not Jerry Seinfeld. It’s Kevin Hart. No surprise, really. Despite taking ...

  • The Girl on the Train: Movie Review
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    The Girl on the Train: Movie Review

    3 months ago

    Riding the Gone Girl wave of female-driven, dark thrillers, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train became an instant number-one New York Times bestseller in early 2015. It was such a gripping yarn ...

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Movie Review
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    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Movie Review

    3 months ago

    Once upon a time Tim Burton was the Sultan of Spooky, the King of Creepy. His early work, including Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and even his 1989 spin on Batman are still masterworks of eerie...

  • Deepwater Horizon: Movie Review
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    Deepwater Horizon: Movie Review

    3 months ago

    The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in best known for the 210-million-gallon oil spill it caused and the fact that BP took a well-deserved PR and financial hit for ...

  • Masterminds: Movie Review
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    Masterminds: Movie Review

    3 months ago

    he big-screen story of the $17 million North Carolina Loomis-Fargo vault robbery that made headlines in 1997 has sat on the shelf for more than a year, a casualty of the financial troubles of its ...

  • Storks: Movie Review
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    Storks: Movie Review

    3 months ago

    Get ready, parents. The onslaught of questions about where babies really come from is on its way. And Storks, the latest from the Warner Animation Group (The Lego Movie), does you no favors. It’s ...

  • The Magnificent Seven: Movie Review
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    The Magnificent Seven: Movie Review

    3 months ago

    56 years after The Magnificent Seven roared into theaters (and another six years since The Seven Samurai did it first), Denzel Washington belts a couple holsters around his hips for Antoine Fuqua’s...

  • Snowden: Movie Review
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    Snowden: Movie Review

    3 months ago

    It was obviously only a matter of time before someone made a movie about perhaps the most polarizing figure in recent American history (not named Donald Trump). And if anyone would step up to ...

  • The Wild Life: Movie Review
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    The Wild Life: Movie Review

    4 months ago

    As the ol’ saying goes, “Explain it to me like I’m a five-year-old.” And it’s a message that the Belgium-based nWave animation studio took to heart in The Wild Life. There’s precious...

  • The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years: Movie Review
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    The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years: Movie Review

    4 months ago

    Seven years. From the time The Beatles entered the collective conscience of American teenagers until the time the group called it quits was just seven years. (By comparison, the relatively-recent ...

  • Sully: Movie Review
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    Sully: Movie Review

    4 months ago

    On January 15, 2009, Captain Chesley Sullenberger successfully piloted a US Airways Airbus A320 to a water landing on the Hudson River after the plane lost both its engines in a bird strike...

  • The Light Between Oceans: Movie Review
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    The Light Between Oceans: Movie Review

    4 months ago

    I’ve often wondered why people subject themselves to the gotcha moments that pepper horror movies. Why would you want to sit in a dark theater and have the bejeezus scared out of you early and often?

  • Mechanic - Resurrection: Movie Review
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    Mechanic - Resurrection: Movie Review

    4 months ago

    Jason Statham, I warrant, puts a lot of effort into his training regimen. Sure, there’s a decent level of Hollywood stunt magic involved whenever he knocks bad guys around in his movies, but I’ll ...

  • Hell or High Water: Movie Review
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    Hell or High Water: Movie Review

    4 months ago

    Before last year, Taylor Sheridan was a relatively unknown actor, playing smaller parts in shows like Sons of Anarchy and Veronica Mars. Then he made his screenwriting debut with Sicario, and not ...

  • Bad Moms: Movie Review
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    Bad Moms: Movie Review

    4 months ago

    Bad Moms isn’t a bad movie. In fact, it’s a very, very funny movie-- 90% of it anyway. And if it didn’t fall down the rabbit hole of comedy tropism, wherein the main character has to have a ...

  • Kubo and the Two Strings: Movie Review
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    Kubo and the Two Strings: Movie Review

    4 months ago

    “If you must blink, do it now,” the narrator tells us at the beginning of Kubo and the Two Strings. Sage advice, indeed. The brilliantly animated film from Laika (the house behind Para-Norman and ...

  • War Dogs: Movie Review
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    War Dogs: Movie Review

    5 months ago

    Efraim Diveroli, the twenty-something coke-head who made headlines by successfully nabbing a $300 million arms contract with the Pentagon in 2007, has made no secret of the fact that War Dogs ...

  • Florence Foster Jenkins: Movie Review
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    Florence Foster Jenkins: Movie Review

    5 months ago

    From Miranda Priestly to Karen von Blixen to Margaret Thatcher, Meryl Streep has played her fair share of memorable roles, and though her titular performance in Florence Foster Jenkins may not be ...

  • Pete's Dragon: Movie Review
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    Pete's Dragon: Movie Review

    5 months ago

    It’s easy to get frustrated with the plethora of reboots, remakes, and rehashes at the local cineplex these days. But as Disney proved with April’s re-do of The Jungle Book, it’s possible to ...

  • Sausage Party: Movie Review
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    Sausage Party: Movie Review

    5 months ago

    Spewing more profanity than a motorcycle gang and giving a whole new definition to the term “food porn”, Sausage Party arrives in theaters with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer smashing through ...

  • Suicide Squad: Movie Review
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    Suicide Squad: Movie Review

    5 months ago

    The world is full of healthy competitions-- Ford vs. Chevy, Verizon vs. AT&T, Coke vs. Pepsi-- but one place where you won’t find anything close to a competition is in the comic book movie world.

  • Ice Age - Collision Course: Movie Review
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    Ice Age - Collision Course: Movie Review

    5 months ago

    Submitted for your approval: a new category for The Razzies-- Most Annoying/Tiresome Character. And I loudly nominate this year’s inaugural winner to be Scrat, the god-awful animated squirrel...

  • Jason Bourne: Movie Review
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    Jason Bourne: Movie Review

    5 months ago

    It’s been nine years since our favorite amnesiac spy graced movie screens. (Well, not graced, exactly--more like pummeled.) But he’s back, and though Jason Bourne the film doesn’t quite do Jason...

  • Nerve: Movie Review
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    Nerve: Movie Review

    5 months ago

    Over the years we’ve seen plenty of movies about the shy kid coming out of his/her shell, but they’ve never felt (or looked) anything quite like Nerve.

  • Star Trek Beyond: Movie Review
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    Star Trek Beyond: Movie Review

    5 months ago

    Justin Lin, who cut his teeth directing the third-through-sixth Fast and the Furious films, takes over the Trek reins from J.J. Abrams, and he offers up a pure, unadulterated bit of movie fun.

  • Ghostbusters: Movie Review
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    Ghostbusters: Movie Review

    6 months ago

    In the 27 years since Ghostbusters II arrived in theaters, there’s been a fair amount of hope from fans that a third film would one day arrive. Even Harold Ramis’ passing in 2014 didn’t ...

  • The Secret Life of Pets: Movie Review
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    The Secret Life of Pets: Movie Review

    6 months ago

    Anyone who’s ever teased a cat with a laser pointer or tossed a ball at a dog knows how easily pets can get distracted. Heck, even the vet dangles the occasional jangly trinket to keep Fluffy from...

  • Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates: Movie Review
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    Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates: Movie Review

    6 months ago

    At the risk of sounding like an old fuddy-duddy, there was actually a time when “raunchy comedy” put the comedy first. Movies like Police Academy and Stripes in the 80s, There’s Something About...

  • 2016 in Movies: The First Six Months
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    2016 in Movies: The First Six Months

    6 months ago

    The Best of (the 1st half of) 2016 THE TOP 5 1. The Revenant (review) "Iñárritu follows up last year’s best picture (and Best Picture) Birdman with yet another memorable, ingenious, and...

  • Love & Friendship: Movie Review
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    Love & Friendship: Movie Review

    5 months ago

    Nestled snuggly between the superheroes and raunchy comedies, occasionally summer gives us a nice little gem of a movie, and this year it comes in the form of Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship.

  • The Lobster: Movie Review
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    The Lobster: Movie Review

    6 months ago

    Some movies cause an instant, visceral reaction--whether good or bad. And then there are movies that need to simmer a while. And then there’s The Lobster.

  • The Fundamentals of Caring: Movie Review
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    The Fundamentals of Caring: Movie Review

    6 months ago

    Tom Hanks may be America’s favorite actor, but there’s a strong case to be made that Rudd is his heir apparent.

  • Independence Day - Resurgence: Film Review
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    Independence Day - Resurgence: Film Review

    6 months ago

    Independence Day: Resurgence 20th Century Fox Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 43 famously asked, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." First I suppose I should apologize for even mentioning it in...

  • The Shallows: Movie Review
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    The Shallows: Movie Review

    6 months ago

    Every time a shark movie rolls around, the inevitable comparisons to Jaws follow close behind, but The Shallows actually plays more like a poor man’s 127 Hours.

  • Central Intelligence: Movie Review
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    Central Intelligence: Movie Review

    6 months ago

    It's unlikely Dwayne Johnson will win an Oscar anytime soon, but don’t look now, people-- he’s become a legitimate actor.

  • Finding Dory: Movie Review
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    Finding Dory: Movie Review

    7 months ago

    Not that Pixar could ever get into a slump, but let’s be honest--the studio’s last three movies have hardly been the stuff of legend.

  • Popstar - Never Stop Never Stopping: Movie Review
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    Popstar - Never Stop Never Stopping: Movie Review

    7 months ago

    Ever since The Lonely Island debuted its “Lazy Sunday” Digital Short in 2005, the trio (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer) has been the most consistently funny part of ...

  • Me Before You: Movie Review
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    Me Before You: Movie Review

    7 months ago

    There’s no question the sole purpose of Me Before You is to make you cry--just like horror movies freak you out, documentaries educate you, and Adam Sandler movies make you cringe...

  • The Angry Birds Movie: Movie Review
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    The Angry Birds Movie: Movie Review

    7 months ago

    The concept may be perfect fodder for an animated short, but an hour-and-a-half-long film proves to be a mighty stretch.

  • Alice Through the Looking Glass: Movie Review
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    Alice Through the Looking Glass: Movie Review

    7 months ago

    Six years after Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland scored Disney a billion-dollar worldwide box office, we’re granted a sequel, but as with the first installment, Alice Through the Looking Glass has ...

  • X-Men - Apocalypse: Review
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    X-Men - Apocalypse: Review

    7 months ago

    Anyone with the phrase “Less is More” hanging in needlepoint above the fireplace needs to run the other way. X-Men: Apocalypse will not go over well.

  • Neighbors 2 - Sorority Rising: Movie Review
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    Neighbors 2 - Sorority Rising: Movie Review

    8 months ago

    I’m not sure what happened in the two years since Neighbors hit theaters. Back in May 2014, I gave the film a 4.5-star review and said, “Not only is it a well-scripted, riotous comedy that will...

  • The Nice Guys: Movie Review
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    The Nice Guys: Movie Review

    8 months ago

    In the late 80s, Shane Black hit it big with the screenplays for the first two Lethal Weapon movies. But then he went and followed them up with The Last Boy Scout, Last Action Hero...

  • Money Monster: Movie Review
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    Money Monster: Movie Review

    8 months ago

    There’s been a lot of talk about the star power behind Money Monster-- George Clooney and Julia Roberts in a film directed by Jodie Foster. How could it not work?

  • Captain America - Civil War: Movie Review
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    Captain America - Civil War: Movie Review

    8 months ago

    The MCU has now entered Phase Three. If you understand that sentence, you may proceed immediately to the theater and enjoy Captain America: Civil War.

  • Keanu: Movie Review
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    Keanu: Movie Review

    8 months ago

    The very first skit in the pilot episode of Key and Peele showed two black men on cell phones adopting a much more “street” personality when they got within earshot of each other. More than four...

  • The Jungle Book: Movie Review
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    The Jungle Book: Movie Review

    9 months ago

    A year after striking gold with Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella, Disney’s back at it-- giving one of its animated classics a real-people reboot. And as good as the glass slipper tale was...

  • The Boss: movie review
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    The Boss: movie review

    9 months ago

    As forgettable as every other recent McCarthy movie (Spy and The Heat excluded), The Boss is a tired mess, completely squandering her talents. And it wastes no time in taking down Kristen Bell, too.

  • Demolition: movie review
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    Demolition: movie review

    9 months ago

    Though the film itself doesn’t equal Gyllenhaal’s stellar performance, maybe it’s enough to finally get Hollywood to notice this guy.

  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2: movie review
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    My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2: movie review

    9 months ago

    Though My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 doesn’t come off as a wholly inventive, sequel-worthy effort, it still manages to be a fun and sweet return to the world of the Portokalos clan.

  • Batman v Superman - Dawn of Justice: movie review
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    Batman v Superman - Dawn of Justice: movie review

    9 months ago

    Toward the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Caped Crusader plonks the Man of Steel over the head with porcelain sink. It’s one of the movie’s more subtle moments.

  • Zootopia: movie review
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    Zootopia: movie review

    10 months ago

    Zootopia is on a mission. From its opening frames, straight through to the Shakira-tastic closing credits, it seems to have only one true purpose-- to tell everyone that stereotypes are bad.

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane: movie review
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    10 Cloverfield Lane: movie review

    10 months ago

    It's not often that a movie goes through the entire production process completely under the radar. Heck, we already know that the tenth Fast and Furious movie is hitting theaters April 2, 2021...

  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: movie review
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    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: movie review

    10 months ago

    When we last saw Tina Fey, she was blue, drunk, and climbing into a sinkhole to rescue her daughter during a house party for the ages in Sisters. One of the funnier movies of 2015, it was ...

  • London Has Fallen: movie review
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    London Has Fallen: movie review

    10 months ago

    While you may get the feeling that a baby monkey could have written the script for this thing, director Babak Najafi actually does a halfway-decent job of keeping things zipping right along.

  • Star Wars - The Force Awakens: Movie Review
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    Star Wars - The Force Awakens: Movie Review

    4 weeks ago

    The more The Force Awakens goes on, the more plotlines from the original trilogy show up, to the point where, eventually, a little bit of eye-rolling begins.

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