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Mittwoch, November 28, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

The movie “Hitchcock” is a bit schizophrenic, which I suppose is appropriate since the majority of the film occurs during the creation of the rotund director’s classic “Psycho.” The movie is simultaneously many different things: it is a biopic; it is a Hollywood histor... [More]

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Mittwoch, November 21, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

I am glad I live in a world where the Blue Man Group can exist. It is performance art taken to the extreme; mixed with elements of rock concerts, stand-up comedy and just a dash of social commentary. ... [More]

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Montag, November 19, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

Writer and director David O. Russell has always had a ton of talent. He has a great eye, a knack for storytelling and a bruising sense of humor that he finally put all together in 2010 with the exceptional movie “The Fighter.” Proving it was no fluke, Russell is back with an equally tre... [More]

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Mittwoch, November 14, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

Sometimes a movie will linger with you long after you’ve left the theater. It could be a particular image or theme or character that resonates, but once that connection is made it is hard to shake. It has been a long time since a movie has lingered with me as long as “Life of Pi,”... [More]

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Dienstag, November 13, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

  “Anna Karenina” is one of those big, unwieldy Tolstoy novels that English professors love to assign to scare the crap out of unsuspecting freshmen. But underneath the thousands of characters, dry-as-toast prose and exhaustive passages equating love to suffering (because when you... [More]

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Montag, November 12, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

When I was a somewhat nerdy little kid I had a book about U.S. presidents that absolutely fascinated me. What was it about these men that allowed them to rise from varying degrees of anonymity to become the leader of one of the great nations of the world? To me the most enigmatic president has alw... [More]

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Donnerstag, November 8, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

Much like physics, there are basic laws that govern James Bond films. Some are small and simple: at some point tuxedos must be worn, women must be seduced and vodka martinis must be ordered shaken, not stirred. Then there are some very big laws that dictate theme and tone that ensure a Bond movie w... [More]

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Mittwoch, November 7, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

When I was in middle school I had a science teacher who surrendered the battle of holding seventh-grade attention spans and showed us a lot of educational videos. These things spanned the decades, covered a variety of subjects and were laughably bad. They elicited a whole lot of uncontrollable giggling and wise cracks, but I’ll be darned if I still don’t recall basic facts about wildebeests and cell division thanks to those lousy little movies.... [More]

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Freitag, November 2, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

Pop psychology will tell you that horror movies often reflect timely, underlying fears percolating throughout society. Just take a look at the horror flicks of the 1950s and it’s easy to tell that people then were worried about nuclear radiation. Really, really worried. Giant ants worried. ... [More]

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Donnerstag, November 1, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

There’s a good reason why there haven’t been any decent movies based on video games and that is because without the element of control there’s not much story-telling meat to even the most thematically complex video games. I mean “Angry Birds” is a ton of fun, but nobod... [More]