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Thursday, November 28, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

The evolution of the Disney princess is a fairly remarkable one. If you look back where it all began with Snow White, the poor girl was dumber than a bag of hammers and her only hope was to be rescued by seven garden gnomes and a handsome prince. Slowly (OK, very slowly) the girls became more capab... [More]

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Thursday, November 28, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

There is a stark, desolate beauty to “Nebraska.” I mean the movie, not the state; although it’s probably a fair way to describe the state as well. Filmed in black and white and directed by Alexander Payne, a director that mixes laughs and pathos better than anyone, “Nebraska... [More]

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Monday, November 25, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

Watching “Delivery Man” was like déjà vu all over again. I say that because I already saw this movie in April when it was called “Starbuck.” The French-Canadian, high-concept comedy was enjoyable and likeable, which likely destined it for a Hollywood remake. R... [More]

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Friday, November 22, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

The Hunger Games” is one of the most interesting blockbuster franchises to come along in a while. If you are so inclined, they are easy to critique as films because they aren’t particularly original and the plotting isn’t exactly elegant, but to come at these movies from that angle... [More]

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Friday, November 22, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

Movies about Nazi Germany, and by extension the Holocaust, are tricky because they deal with a time and place that is loaded with so much real-life drama and historical baggage that any fictionalization can seem at best inadequate and at worst insulting. “The Book Thief” was an inevitab... [More]

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Thursday, November 21, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

There has been a recent trend on Broadway to take popular movies and turn them into musicals. The results run the gambit from kind of terrible to really, really terrible. Laziness soaks these productions to the core since the pressure is off on having to come up with original characters or plot. Th... [More]

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Friday, November 15, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Dallas Buyers Club” is an interesting movie that features some great performances, but doesn’t know exactly what it is trying to say. Matthew McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, an electrician, bull rider and lowlife who contracted AIDS in the 1980s. Woodroof was a real person and it... [More]

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Friday, November 8, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

Entertaining superhero spectacle is what the Marvel movie brand is all about. With remarkable consistency it delivers movies that are just a whole lot of fun. They’re not in any way profound, but they aren’t going to insult your intelligence (too much) either. This lighthearted, eye-on-... [More]

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Friday, November 8, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

Robert Redford alone on a boat for nearly two hours. That’s a pretty dicey movie pitch even if it were 1972, but “All Is Lost” proves he’s one of the few actors who could pull it off, even at the ripe old age of 77. When I say this movie is just Redford on a boat, I’m ... [More]

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Saturday, November 2, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

Some musicals feature such great songs and so strong a pedigree that they can only be successful. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is as close to a “sure thing” as you’ll ever see come off of Broadway. The touring production of the show, running at the Fox Theatre... [More]