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“Style over substance” is a phrase that’s usually used as a kind of back-handed insult, mainly because “pretty but dumb” just isn’t pithy enough.…

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Let’s get this out of the way right now: there is probably no easy way to turn the Fantastic Four into sexy, exciting cinema. Marvel’s first super-team is from a pre-angst,…

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Could something truly be called nostalgic if you never leave the past? That’s the question unintentionally asked by Pixels, the latest man-child fantasy from Adam Sandler and…

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There is a marked tendency in superhero films to go big or go home. It’s understandable. Part of the thrill of these films is seeing people with extraordinary abilities face and…

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It’s one thing to reboot a computer program when it isn’t working like it should. It’s quite another to reset the whole operating system. The same holds true for film…

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One movie about a profane, weed-smoking talking teddy bear with a voice that’s semitone away from Peter Griffin was one thing. But two? Really? Yes, really, since the only thing…

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Most of us probably wish that the inside of our head could look like a Pixar cartoon and not like a wrinkled mass of gray matter. The bright but always complimentary colors, the small…

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Much like the poorly-conceived, exceedingly loud, tourist-approved hybrid dinosaur at its center, Jurassic World is a huge summer blockbuster whose DNA contains the highlights of a…

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There’s often a very fine line between winking homage and satire. It basically comes down to a matter of whether or not the subject material is being laughed with or being laughed…

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“Reboot” has become an ugly word in cinema, often with just cause. The precise equation that results in a film, especially one that becomes a classic of its genre, is something…

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Like a sublime dieselpunk opera scored for blood, fire, guns and accompanied by an orchestra of insanely tricked-out vehicles, Mad Max: Fury Road roars to life in a breathless,…

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If the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a collectible card game, Avengers: Age Of Ultron is the best booster pack you could possibly get. But like all booster packs, it takes a bit…

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A kind of radical re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest by way of Asimov, Ex Machina is a tense, closed-circuit kind of film. Writer/director Alex Garland presents a new…

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Equal parts Paranormal Activity, The Ring and Scream, Unfriended comes off as a gimmick movie at first glance—the entire film is shown through the laptop screen of…

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Detroit college student Jay (Maika Monroe) is dating handsome brooder Hugh (Jake Weary). After they decide to go all the way in Hugh’s car, Hugh informs her that the act passed on…

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Spoiler alert! The following entry discusses the events of Sunday’s season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead.     It’s been a couple of decades since I read The Once…

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