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Thursday, December 26, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

There is a great, often repeated line from the movie “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” that says “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” The new movie “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” is a film that prints the legend of one of the most influential figur... [More]

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Friday, December 20, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

It’s really easy to be cynical about a movie like “Saving Mr. Banks.” After all it’s made by a studio glorifying its own history as it propagandizes a corporate behemoth wrestling away creative control of an intellectual property from its creator. Booooooo! Hissssssss! But n... [More]

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Friday, December 20, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

There is a point in the musical “Elf” where you find yourself so worn down by its good nature that you find you have an inexplicable smile on your face in spite of the show’s general mediocrity. The musical is based on the 2003 Will Ferrell comedy and is now playing at the Fox The... [More]

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Friday, December 20, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

When you sit down to watch a new movie from Joel and Ethan Coen there are certain things you can expect in regards to cinematography, sensibility and John Goodman appearances. But it always takes a while to get a feel for the tone as the Brothers Coen can come at you from any direction. You’r... [More]

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Friday, December 20, 2013 | by: Greg Elwell

One very neat trick in David O. Russell’s new film, “American Hustle,” is that it remains entertaining--funny, even--as the stakes soar to dizzying heights. A loose retelling of the ABSCAM story (it even starts with a title card that says “Some of these things actually happe... [More]

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Thursday, December 19, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

When the first “Anchorman” came out nearly a decade ago, I very clearly remember sitting in a sparsely crowded theater with my wife and I being the only ones audibly laughing at the exploits of Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 news team. The world pretty much greeted this absurd movie wit... [More]

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Monday, December 16, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

The St. Louis Film Critics (of which I am a member), the professional association of working film critics in the St. Louis-area, announced the winners of their annual St. Louis Film Critics Awards on Monday, December 16, 2013. The yearly awards are given to recognize the best in cinema fo... [More]

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Friday, December 13, 2013 | by: Greg Elwell

At this point, it’s not really a question of if Peter Jackson can make a good J.R.R. Tolkien movie. He can. But while everybody wondered how they would fit the whole “Lord of the Rings” trilogy into just three movies, the worry with “The Hobbit” has been how one book w... [More]

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

For you awards nuts out there, the St. Louis Film Critics, the professional association of working film critics in the St. Louis-area (of which I am a member), announced their nominees for the annual St. Louis Film Critics Awards on Monday, December 9, 2013. The yearly awards are given to ... [More]

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Monday, December 9, 2013 | by: Mat DeKinder

There is a lot of effort flying around in the movie “Out of the Furnace.” It all starts with the casting of the greatest effort-bringer-this-side-of-Daniel-Day-Lewis Christian Bale as working-class hero Russell Baze. This in turn inspires the rest of this excellent cast to raise his or ... [More]