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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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  • Murder on the Orient Express (2017): Movie Review
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    Murder on the Orient Express (2017): Movie Review

    5 days ago

    Of the dozens and dozens of books Agatha Christie wrote during her prolific career, none is perhaps as famous as her 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express. A riveting whodunit set on the famed ...

  • A Bad Moms Christmas: Movie Review
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    A Bad Moms Christmas: Movie Review

    8 days ago

    By my count there are at least a half-dozen things the women in A Bad Moms Christmas do that would get normal (not in the movies, that is) people arrested. From public pot-smoking in broad daylight...

  • Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review
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    Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

    8 days ago

    I’ve never really been a Thor guy. After the goofy fun of 2008’s Iron Man and its 2010 sequel, the stodgy and needlessly convoluted Thor in 2011 seemed like a record scratch in the then-infant...

  • Suburbicon: Movie Review
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    Suburbicon: Movie Review

    13 days ago

    Back in 2014 when the George Clooney-helmed The Monuments Men limped into theaters, I said in my review that I imagined would just be written off as a good idea poorly executed. Clooney had earlier...

  • Thank You for Your Service: Movie Review
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    Thank You for Your Service: Movie Review

    2 weeks ago

    There’s certainly never been a shortage of war movies at the local cineplex.This year alone we’ve had Dunkirk, The Zookeeper’s Wife, also-rans The Wall and Megan Leavey, and the Netflix hit War ...

  • 1922: Movie Review
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    1922: Movie Review

    2 weeks ago

    It would be easy for even the most ardent Stephen King fan to start crying uncle (and no, not crying “Uncle Stevie”, as his Constant Readers do). In just the past few months—well, we all know the ...

  • 'Victoria & Abdul': Movie Review
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    'Victoria & Abdul': Movie Review

    2 weeks ago

    A review of the film 'Victoria & Abdul.'

  • Only the Brave: Movie Review
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    Only the Brave: Movie Review

    3 weeks ago

    On the same weekend that Geostorm blasts into theaters with its cartoonish levels of destruction and mayhem (Rio has an Arctic freeze! Moscow melts!), Only the Brave reminds us that there are ...

  • Battle of the Sexes: Movie Review
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    Battle of the Sexes: Movie Review

    3 weeks ago

    In the late summer of 1973, the country was abuzz with the impending Battle of the Sexes tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Now, some four decades later, the awards circuit is ...

  • Geostorm: Movie Review
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    Geostorm: Movie Review

    3 weeks ago

    Talk about bad timing. Just as Texas, Puerto Rico, and Florida are digging out from massive natural disasters and half of California is ablaze from colossal wildfires, this weekend brings a ...

  • Happy Death Day: Movie Review
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    Happy Death Day: Movie Review

    4 weeks ago

    There’s no shortage of things requiring a heaping amount of suspension of disbelief in Happy Death Day, the Groundhog Day-style horror-comedy (heavier on comedy, lighter on horror) from director ...

  • The Babysitter: Movie Review
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    The Babysitter: Movie Review

    4 weeks ago

    2014 was a very good year, at least as far as the Black List of the best unproduced screenplays is concerned. Alongside the script for what would become the Oscar-winning film Manchester by the Sea...

  • Blade Runner 2049: Movie Review
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    Blade Runner 2049: Movie Review

    5 weeks ago

    Thirty-five years ago, Ridley Scott dropped Blade Runner on us—one of the more celebrated films not only in the pantheon of science fiction but in all of movie-dom. Though some viewed it as frankly...

  • The Mountain Between Us: Movie Review
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    The Mountain Between Us: Movie Review

    5 weeks ago

    The Mountain Between Us has all the trappings of a decent wilderness survival story—two people who don’t know each other crash in the Rocky Mountains after the pilot of their small plane has a ...

  • Gerald's Game: Movie Review
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    Gerald's Game: Movie Review

    6 weeks ago

    Is it possible for Stephen King to be having a renaissance, even though he’s never really gone away at any point in the past four decades? Heck, even sustaining horrendous injuries when struck by a...

  • American Made: Movie Review
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    American Made: Movie Review

    6 weeks ago

    In the mid- to late-80s, just as Doug Liman was finishing up his undergraduate years at Brown University, his father was busy serving as chief counsel for the senate during the Iran-Contra ...

  • "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" Movie Review
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    "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    No one will ever accuse Matthew Vaughn of being subtle, and we can reasonably sure he wouldn’t want that anyway. But even fans of his last three directorial efforts (2010’s Kick-Ass, 2011’s X-Men: ...

  • American Assassin: Movie Review
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    American Assassin: Movie Review

    2 months ago

    Before his too-soon death in 2013 from cancer, author Vince Flynn made a nice name for himself as the creator of the Mitch Rapp series of thriller/black-ops novels—so much so that CBS Films snapped...

  • It: Movie Review
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    It: Movie Review

    2 months ago

    Since the mid-70s, somewhere in the neighborhood of fifty Stephen King stories have been adapted into movies. While a few actually outshine their source material (including 1986’s Stand By Me and ...

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Re-Issue
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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Re-Issue

    2 months ago

    1977 may have been the year of Star Wars, but six months after we were introduced to Luke Skywalker we got another sci-fi classic, Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece Close Encounters of the Third Kind...

  • Wind River: Movie Review
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    Wind River: Movie Review

    2 months ago

    Just two years ago, Taylor Sheridan was best known (if he was known at all) as Deputy Chief David Hale on Sons of Anarchy. Since his departure from that show, however, he has emerged as one of the ...

  • The Hitman's Bodyguard: Movie Review
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    The Hitman's Bodyguard: Movie Review

    2 months ago

    The latest in the long line of oil-and-water “buddy” flicks, The Hitman’s Bodyguard doesn’t bring much new to the table, but thanks to the undeniable chemistry between its stars Ryan Reynolds and ...

  • Logan Lucky: Movie Review
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    Logan Lucky: Movie Review

    2 months ago

    It was a dark day two years ago when director Steven Soderbergh announced he was retiring from directing. Not “life-changing” dark or “crime against humanity” dark, but still—he’s ...

  • Detroit: Movie Review
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    Detroit: Movie Review

    3 months ago

    Over the past 15 years, Kathryn Bigelow has directed precisely two feature films. 2008’s The Hurt Locker won the Oscar for Best Picture (along with five other Academy Awards), and 2012’s Zero Dark ...

  • Kidnap: Movie Review
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    Kidnap: Movie Review

    3 months ago

    It is what it is. Luis Prieto’s Kidnap is a fairly by-the-book flick about a woman chasing after the people who kidnapped her young son. That’s it. There’s no twist, no bizarre subplot, not much of...

  • Atomic Blonde: Movie Review
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    Atomic Blonde: Movie Review

    3 months ago

    It was famously said of Ginger Rogers that she did everything Fred Astaire did, only backwards and in high heels. In Atomic Blonde, MI6 operative Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) does ...

  • Dunkirk: Movie Review
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    Dunkirk: Movie Review

    3 months ago

    The term “visionary director” gets tossed around maybe a little more than it should; seemingly anytime a director does something a little creative or a bit off the beaten path, he or she earns the ...

  • Spider-Man - Homecoming: Movie Review
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    Spider-Man - Homecoming: Movie Review

    3 months ago

    Just when you think the Avengers have assembled, the folks over at Marvel give us some new blood, and just in time. Following his glorified cameo in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker ...

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: Movie Review
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    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: Movie Review

    3 months ago

    I imagine writer-director Luc Besson envisioned Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets as the glorious offspring of Avatar and his own The Fifth Element, but something awful happened on the ...

  • The Big Sick: Movie Review
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    The Big Sick: Movie Review

    3 months ago

    There’s no question that the romantic comedy has largely disappeared in the last decade or so, fizzling out around the same time that superhero/comic book movies started making their return...

  • War for the Planet of the Apes: Movie Review
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    War for the Planet of the Apes: Movie Review

    4 months ago

    As far as I know, no one has ever scored an Oscar nomination for playing an animal. Yes, John Hurt scored a nod in 1981 for his performance as John Merrick in The Elephant Man, but as we all ...

  • 2017 in Movies: The First Six Months
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    2017 in Movies: The First Six Months

    4 months ago

  • The House: Movie Review
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    The House: Movie Review

    4 months ago

    Just when you think the summer movie season is beginning to redeem itself (thank you, Baby Driver and The Beguiled), along comes one of the truly worst movies. No, not one of the worst movies of ...

  • The Beguiled: Movie Review
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    The Beguiled: Movie Review

    4 months ago

    Like the distant thumps of cannon fire that echo in the air around the Virginia plantation where it’s set, The Beguiled exudes an ...

  • Despicable Me 3: Movie Review
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    Despicable Me 3: Movie Review

    4 months ago

    Once upon a time super-villain Gru was actually despicable; it wasn’t that long ago that he was shrinking and stealing the moon, for heaven’s sake. But adopting cutie-pies Margo, Edith, and Agnes ...

  • Baby Driver: Movie Review
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    Baby Driver: Movie Review

    4 months ago

    Key. Clutch. Ignition. Gear. Pedal. iPod. Go. Baby Driver, the latest from director Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Hot Fuzz), is a slam-bang, full-throttle helluva ride that goes from ...

  • All Eyez On Me: Movie Review
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    All Eyez On Me: Movie Review

    4 months ago

    Poet. Gangsta. Thug. Visionary. Tupac Shakur was a lot of things to a lot of people, and though he was tragically cut down at age 25, he lived a full life—five ...

  • Transformers - The Last Knight: Movie Review
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    Transformers - The Last Knight: Movie Review

    4 months ago

    There’s no question that the Transformers franchise has produced one of the biggest gaps between movie critics and the ticket-buying public since the first film arrived in 2007. Every one of them ...

  • Wonder Woman: Movie Review
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    Wonder Woman: Movie Review

    4 months ago

    A little over a year ago we got our first glimpse of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the abysmal Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. At that time I wrote that it takes two long hours to get to the...

  • Rough Night: Movie Review
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    Rough Night: Movie Review

    5 months ago

    Remember Bridesmaids? Director Paul Feig’s hilarious and smart 2011 comedy with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Maya Rudolph pulled in almost $300 million worldwide and currently enjoys a 90% ...

  • Cars 3: Movie Review
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    Cars 3: Movie Review

    5 months ago

    The Cars franchise has always been Pixar’s red-headed stepchild, unfairly lambasted for being nothing more than a way for the studio to make money at the toy store. But the first Cars movie is ...

  • The Mummy: Movie Review
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    The Mummy: Movie Review

    5 months ago

    The 2017 reboot of The Mummy is supposed to triumphantly launch Universal’s new Dark Universe franchise, which currently has ten films on the slate, ...

  • Captain Underpants - The First Epic Movie: Movie Review
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    Captain Underpants - The First Epic Movie: Movie Review

    5 months ago

    With a title like Captain Underpants, it’s useless to expect high-brow humor driven by nuance and subtlety. But the dozen-deep book series by Dav Pelkey is ...

  • "Baywatch": Movie Review
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    "Baywatch": Movie Review

    5 months ago

    Just two months after a silly remake of a campy TV show hit theaters, we barely have time to blink before we get another. Unfortunately, as with CHIPS, the modern-day ...

  • "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" Movie Review
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    "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" Movie Review

    5 months ago

    It’s easy to forget that Johnny Depp actually scored an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in the first Pirates of the Caribbean installment back in 2003. Though the ...

  • "Alien: Covenant" Movie Review
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    "Alien: Covenant" Movie Review

    5 months ago

    Back in 2014, director Ridley Scott, speaking about the Alien franchise in the wake of 2012’s Prometheus, said he was done with the monsters.

  • "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword": Movie Review
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    "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword": Movie Review

    6 months ago

    Director Guy Ritchie arrived on the scene with a literal bang almost twenty years ago, following up 1998’s now-classic Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels with the even-better Snatch in 2000...

  • "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2": Movie Review
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    "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2": Movie Review

    6 months ago

    When Guardians of the Galaxy exploded into theaters in August 2014, it was instantly welcomed as a hilarious, goofball addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe; the studio’s two previous films...

  • "Gifted": Movie Review
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    "Gifted": Movie Review

    6 months ago

    In the past four years, Chris Evans has done one non-Avengers movie. One. Sure, if you got a good thing going, you’re allowed to keep at it, but would it kill a guy to branch out a little? As it so...

  • "The Promise": Movie Review
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    "The Promise": Movie Review

    6 months ago

    Setting a cinematic love story against the backdrop of a major historical event is always a dicey proposition. There’s a handful of times it’s been done well, but more often than not the historical...

  • "The Circle": Movie Review
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    "The Circle": Movie Review

    6 months ago

    In case you hadn’t heard, there are large tech companies based in the San Francisco area that are very interested in your internet habits--what products you buy, what topics you discuss, what ...

  • "The Fate of the Furious": Movie Review
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    "The Fate of the Furious": Movie Review

    7 months ago

    The Fast and Furious flicks have never been terribly concerned with obeying the laws of physics (or common sense, for that matter), and eight movies in, with two more still to come, it’s clear ...

  • "The Zookeeper's Wife": Movie Review
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    "The Zookeeper's Wife": Movie Review

    5 months ago

    So many stories of unimaginable courage have emerged from the time of World War II that you might begin to think there aren’t any left to be told. From To Hell and Back to The Imitation Game to ...

  • "Ghost in the Shell (2017)": Movie Review
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    "Ghost in the Shell (2017)": Movie Review

    7 months ago

    Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 feature Ghost in the Shell is perhaps the best known (and best reviewed) anime film ever, an instant-classic parable about the rise of technology and the inherent dwindling of ...

  • "CHIPS": Movie Review
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    "CHIPS": Movie Review

    7 months ago

    Dax Shepard says he’s a fan of the original CHiPs television series from the late 70s/early 80s. Watching the big-screen version, which he wrote and directed, you may find that difficult to believe...

  • "Life": Movie Review
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    "Life": Movie Review

    7 months ago

    For those of us old enough to remember, Alien arrived in 1979 and promptly scared the living bejeezus out of us. It was the latest in the ol’ hunted-by-a-space-alien genre, it was nothing short of ...

  • "Beauty and the Beast (2017)": Movie Review
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    "Beauty and the Beast (2017)": Movie Review

    8 months ago

    Clearly the executives at Disney open their annual meetings by asking a simple (and misguided) question: “Which of our beloved animated classics can be remade with real-live people this year?” In ...

  • "A United Kingdom": Movie Review
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    "A United Kingdom": Movie Review

    8 months ago

    Just two years after his vivid and powerful portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, David Oyelowo is at it again, turning in a subdued, pitch-perfect performance as a global civil rights...

  • "Before I Fall": Movie Review
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    "Before I Fall": Movie Review

    8 months ago

    Sure, it would be easy to sum up Before I Fall as a teen angst, weepie re-do of Groundhog Day, but it’s actually a pleasant surprise, having the legs to stand on its own. There are plenty of ...

  • "Logan": Movie Review
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    "Logan": Movie Review

    8 months ago

    Eight times over the past 17 years, Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine, but the ninth is his last; he’s hanging up his adamantium claws for good. Fortunately for us (and him, I suppose) Jackman...

  • "Kong: Skull Island" Movie Review
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    "Kong: Skull Island" Movie Review

    8 months ago

    Sure the calendar may say that summer starts in the third week of June, but the movie world makes its own rules. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe know full-well summer starts in the first ...

  • "Collide": Movie Review
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    "Collide": Movie Review

    8 months ago

    It’s taken almost a year and a half, but Collide is finally seeing the light of day. Filmed in 2014 and originally set for release in the fall of 2015, the film fell victim to the bankruptcy filing...

  • "Get Out": Movie Review
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    "Get Out": Movie Review

    8 months ago

    Across five seasons Comedy Central’s Key & Peele delivered some of the most biting and clever satire on television, always tapping into the thorny issue of the moment, whether it be race, religion...

  • "Fist Fight": Movie Review
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    "Fist Fight": Movie Review

    9 months ago

    Imagine a high school where a teacher openly lusts after her underage students, where a drugged-up horse gallops through the halls, and a kid gets his desk reduced to splinters after a teacher ...

  • "The Lego Batman Movie": Movie Review
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    "The Lego Batman Movie": Movie Review

    9 months ago

    Following in the footsteps of 2014’s brilliant The Lego Movie is no mean feat, so rather than make a sequel, Warner Animation Group wisely decided a spin-off might be a better idea. And who better ...

  • "John Wick - Chapter 2": Movie Review
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    "John Wick - Chapter 2": Movie Review

    9 months ago

    Keanu Reeves was all but forgotten when John Wick barreled onto the scene in 2014, having been relegated to the likes of 2011’s Henry’s Crime and 2013’s Man of Tai Chi, which together made $200,000...

  • "The Space Between Us": Movie Review
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    "The Space Between Us": Movie Review

    9 months ago

    Originally set for release on July 29, 2016, The Space Between Us was then delayed until August 19. And then to December 16. And now it’s finally hitting theaters in February 2017. If you’re ...

  • "Resident Evil - The Final Chapter": Movie Review
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    "Resident Evil - The Final Chapter": Movie Review

    9 months ago

    Like the Underworld series, which returned to theaters a few weeks ago, the Resident Evil franchise has come back from a few years off to give its kick-ass female lead yet more opportunity to ...

  • "Split": Movie Review
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    "Split": Movie Review

    9 months ago

    M. Night Shyamalan has made a nice little name for himself trying to live up to the promise he delivered with The Sixth Sense way back in 1999. Though nothing he’s done since has quite matched the ...

  • The Founder: Movie Review
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    The Founder: Movie Review

    9 months ago

    In the fall of 2004 former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler released his fourth solo album, the well-reviewed but ultimately-ignored Shangri-La. Its first single was a quirky little pop song ...

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

    10 months ago

  • La La Land: Movie Review
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    La La Land: Movie Review

    10 months ago

    Hollywood loves Hollywood. It’s a big reason why The Artist beat out arguably better movies like The Descendants, The Help, and Hugo to win Best Picture in 2011, and it’s why Argo edged out Life of...

  • "Patriots Day": Movie Review
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    "Patriots Day": Movie Review

    10 months ago

    How soon is too soon? Because the Boston Marathon bombing happened just under four years ago, does that automatically disqualify someone from making a feature film about it?

  • Jackie: Movie Review
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    Jackie: Movie Review

    10 months 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

    10 months 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

    10 months 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

    10 months 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 months 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

    10 months 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

    10 months 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

    10 months 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

    10 months 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

    11 months 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

    11 months 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

    11 months 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

    11 months 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

    11 months 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

    11 months 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

    11 months 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

    11 months 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

    11 months 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

    12 months 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

    12 months 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

    12 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

    12 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

    12 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

    12 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

    12 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

    13 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

    13 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

    13 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

    13 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

    13 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

    13 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

    13 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

    13 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

    13 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

    13 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

    14 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

    14 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 little that ...

  • 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

    14 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

    14 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

    14 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

    14 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

    14 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

    14 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

    15 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

    15 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

    15 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

    15 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

    15 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

    15 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

    15 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

    15 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

    15 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

    15 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

    16 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

    16 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

    16 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

    16 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 engrossing film. Its...

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

    15 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

    16 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

    16 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

    16 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 same...

  • The Shallows: Movie Review
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    The Shallows: Movie Review

    16 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

    17 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

    17 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

    17 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

    17 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

    17 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

    17 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

    17 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

    18 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

    18 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

    18 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

    18 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

    18 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

    19 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

    19 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

    19 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

    19 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

    20 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

    20 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

    20 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

    20 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

    20 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

    11 months 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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