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Tuesday, August 28, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

  The words "Shia LaBeouf gangster movie" are enough to strike fear into any movie critic's heart and why I went into "Lawless" with less-than-lofty expectations. I instead got smacked upside the head with an expertly made, brilliantly cast, bracingly violent Shia LaBeouf gangster movie. ... [More]

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Friday, August 17, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

When it comes to pure stagecraft, you just can't top "The Lion King." The Disney animated classic is brought to life on stage with the use of puppets and elaborate costumes in a visual spectacle that remains unmatched on Broadway. "The Lion King" is now playing at the Fox Theatre though Sept. 2 and... [More]

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Thursday, August 16, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

  The movie "Sparkle" is garnering a fair amount of attention for containing the last on-screen performance by the late, great Whitney Houston. However, in the future, it may be better remembered as the film that launched the acting career of "American Idol" winner Jordan Sparks. Sparks ... [More]

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

  The "Jason Bourne" franchise has cranked out highly-effective little thrillers that have stood out because they were well-acted and well-directed. There never was a ton to hang your hat on plot-wise though. The a formula quickly developed where Matt Damon was given a girl to protect, wa... [More]

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

  There is a fine line to walk when lampooning politics because once you pause to point out ugly political truths things can go from hilarious to depressing really quickly. This is the reason you don't see a lot of rip-roaring comedies about cancer. Good political satire is as focused as ... [More]