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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]

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Samstag, November 11, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

The story of Gloria Estefan and her rise to fame with the Miami Sound Machine is interesting, but not wildly compelling as musical biographies go. Fortunately, the production “On Your Feet! The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical,” playing now through Nov. 19, at the Fox Theatr... [More]

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Freitag, November 3, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

Thor has always been a bit of an odd man out in the Avengers crew. He’s the only one not from Earth, his extended family causes a whole lot of the problems and he’s got the best hair. Thor is gamely played by Chris Hemsworth and certainly holds his own when the crew comes together, but ... [More]

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Freitag, Oktober 27, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

Several years ago, Stephen Spielberg took over the film “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” a film that was being developed by Stanley Kubrick before he died. The results were mixed at best and the lesson seemed to be when filmmakers cross-pollinate, you’re likely going to end up with ... [More]

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Montag, Oktober 23, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

There is so much wrong with “The Snowman,” I thought I would first focus on the one positive just to be a decent guy. The movie is grandly and unapologetically Scandinavian (albeit with an English-speaking cast). Set in Norway and directed by a Swede (Tomas Alfredson of “Let the R... [More]