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Thursday, May 31, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

  You should never take fairy tales too seriously. This is good advice for anything from consulting pigs about construction materials to making a major motion picture. The movie "Snow White and the Huntsman" (the second film to take a stab at the Snow White fable this year, yea public dom... [More]

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

  For some reason, movies have a hard time with friendship. Romantic relationships are no problem; in fact you could argue that is cinema's favorite subject. But friendship is always mishandled. Movies about female friendships usually wind up being weepy downers (see: "Beaches," "Steel Magnol... [More]

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Friday, May 25, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

A seemingly insignificant little bit of news from the world of television came out last week when NBC announced its new fall lineup. The low-rated sitcom "Community" was renewed for 13 new episodes; however, it will be returning without show runner and creator Dan Harmon who was, for all intents and... [More]

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

  Really "Men in Black" is the perfect summer-blockbuster franchise. It boasts the high concept of a top-secret law enforcement agency that monitors alien activity on earth, but at its heart it is basically a nimble and traditional police procedural. It also features the pitch-perfect che... [More]

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

  Miss! OK. Fine, as much as I would like to get away with that one-word review I'm pretty sure my editors don't like me enough to let me do it. I'm still tempted to leave it at that since that's basically the same amount of thought that went into the sensory-assaulting mess that is "Batt... [More]

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Friday, May 11, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

"The Dictator" is offensive, crude, politically incorrect, absurd, insulting and vulgar. It also made me laugh from beginning to end. "The Dictator" is the latest brainchild from comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who is best known for the movies "Borat" and "Bruno." In those movies, Cohen took an outrage... [More]

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Thursday, May 10, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

  There is a point about halfway through the latest Tim Burton/Johnny Depp outing "Dark Shadows" where the movie morphs from being strange and interesting to being strange and tedious and just not very good. The film is lifeless, which would be a funny thing to say about a vampire movie i... [More]

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Thursday, May 3, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

The power of music to change hearts and minds is a common theme in musicals, but rarely has it been done better than in the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, "Memphis." "Memphis," now playing at the Fox Theatre through May 13, is set in the titular city in the mid-1950s at the height of the ... [More]

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

When I was a kid my friends and I used to make a drink called a 'suicide." This consisted of going to a local gas station and mixing every single drink available at the fountain into one gnarly concoction. It almost always tasted horrible, as common sense will tell you too many competing flavors wil... [More]