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Dienstag, April 3, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

Remember the 1980s? Steven Spielberg does. In fact, you could even argue Spielberg created the '80s. At first glance, Spielberg’s new movie “Ready Player One” isn’t much more than an excuse to wallow in the pop culture of the decade of excess. But, once this sucker gets ... [More]

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Freitag, März 16, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

Adapting video games into movies has not resulted in much box office or creative success. At the top of the heap and the closest thing you could come to a qualified success was “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” a modest hit that starred Angelina Jolie and came out 17 years ago (added to the li... [More]

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Freitag, Februar 23, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

At its best, science fiction explores the otherworldly to teach us a little something about ourselves and what it means to be human. It can also be pretty good at scaring the crap out of us. “Annihilation” is a movie that succeeds at doing both. It’s a visually stunning film that ... [More]

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Dienstag, Februar 20, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

Sometimes, a movie’s importance eclipses its quality. “Black Panther” is a really solid superhero movie in and of itself. It’s got the same problems most superhero movies have, especially when the computer-generated chaos swings into full gear. But, “Black Panther&rdq... [More]

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Sonntag, Februar 11, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

Well, we made it. After three years, we’ve reached the end of the “Fifty Shades” trilogy with “Fifty Shades Freed.” But, before we examine this cinematic equivalent of a wet blanket being dropped onto the sidewalk from a third-story window, let’s take a look back... [More]

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Sonntag, Februar 11, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

So, I’ve gone on record saying adapting a movie into a musical is generally a bad idea. That does not mean exceptions can’t be made. Take “School of Rock,” for example. The movie was a star vehicle for Jack Black and fit his comedic sensibilities perfectly. “School of ... [More]

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Sonntag, Februar 11, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I” is one of the duo’s boldest musicals and while it’s tackling of women’s rights issues and cultural sensitivity seems almost quaint by today’s standards, the daring energy of the show still rings true. The touring... [More]

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Freitag, November 17, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

As the DC superheroes desperately try to mimic the cinematic success of Marvel, their rollout of films has been like watching a Fiat try to race a Ferrari. Probably the biggest mistake they’ve made is having director Zack Snyder be the architect of the DC cinematic universe. Snyder as a dire... [More]

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Freitag, November 17, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

The live-action family-film has become a bit of an endangered species, especially ones with genuine heart and sentiment. It’s like stumbling across a dodo bird in your backyard. “Wonder” falls into that rare category and scores without falling into the trap of being overly sappy o... [More]