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Freitag, Oktober 24, 2014 | by: Mat DeKinder

First and foremost, “Birdman” is a satire. The movie swings a razor sharp sword that leaves virtually no segment of the entertainment industry uncut. I just wanted to get that out of the way, so it doesn’t get lost in all the other crazy-awesomeness this movie brings to the table. ... [More]

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Freitag, Oktober 24, 2014 | by: Mat DeKinder

Extramarital affairs are seemingly as French as crepes and the Eiffel Tower. Of course, that doesn’t mean the good people of France think they are a worthwhile pursuit, as the emotional damage they cause is the same there as anywhere else in the world. The French film “The Blue Room&rdq... [More]

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Donnerstag, Oktober 23, 2014 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Dear White People” is the movie of the moment; a funny, tense, unflinching look at race relations at a fictional Ivy League university that defiantly plucks at an exposed nerve in our country that runs all the way from Ferguson to the White House. Written and directed by newcomer Justi... [More]

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Donnerstag, Oktober 23, 2014 | by: Mat DeKinder

When you have a musical adaptation of a movie, the typical approach is to strip-mine the story for a few memorable plot points and then pack the thing with original (mostly lousy) songs. This results in more misses than hits. The musical version of “Dirty Dancing” goes to the complete o... [More]

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Freitag, Oktober 17, 2014 | by: Mat DeKinder

Animated family movies have been trending a little weird in the past few years; and don’t think for a moment I consider that a bad thing. There are only so many talking puppies and dancing teddy bears you can take before pharmaceutical intervention is required. As a parent of younger kids, I ... [More]

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Freitag, Oktober 17, 2014 | by: Mat DeKinder

War is hell. Sure movies like “Paths of Glory” or “Apocalypse Now” or “Saving Private Ryan” have been telling us this for years, but the new movie “Fury” really wants to drive this point home. This movie is a meat grinder, wallowing in the mud and the... [More]

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Freitag, Oktober 17, 2014 | by: Mat DeKinder

We live in a divided country, but I feel comfortable saying I think we all can agree Bill Murray is a national treasure. His awesomeness was cemented around 1985 and he’s spent the past 30 years just taking victory laps. Unfortunately for movie lovers, he’s spent the past decade primari... [More]

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Freitag, Oktober 17, 2014 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Men, Women & Children” is probably one of the more deplorable movies I’ve seen in a long time. It’s one of those films like “Traffic” or “Crash” that uses a large cast of seemingly unrelated characters to tackle a single, pressing issue. First of... [More]

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Freitag, Oktober 10, 2014 | by: Mat DeKinder

Let’s take a moment to honor the lost art of wholesome family entertainment. At the movies, that ground has been completely overrun by digital, animated spectacle. I’m certainly not opposed, as animation has produced some truly great movies over the past few years, but a little flesh an... [More]

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Freitag, Oktober 10, 2014 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Pride” is lot like a magician who tells you how he is going to do his trick and then when he does it, you are still impressed. It’s one of those “based on an inspirational true story” movies you should be able to bat away with a cynical swipe of your hand, but instead... [More]