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Thursday, October 17, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

In 2014, Disney released “Maleficent,” a live-action retelling of “Sleeping Beauty,” where the villainous title character was recast as the hero, more misunderstood than malevolent. It was an interesting enough concept that garnered even more attention by casting Angelin... [More]

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Friday, October 4, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

It’s easy to forget when “Toy Story” came out in 1995 it was the first feature-length computer animated film to hit theaters. In spite of this technical landmark, the movie stands out to this day not because of how it was made, but because of the power of the story it told. Th... [More]

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Friday, October 4, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

An old English actor purportedly said on his death bed, “Dying is easy, comedy is hard.” This quote came to mind when watching “Ghost Light,” a spooky little comedy that mixes quirky actors and Shakespearean tragedy with decidedly mixed results. The strength of this... [More]

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Friday, October 4, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

I was a little skeptical of the live-action version of “Aladdin.” I’m not sure if it was blue Will Smith or the relatively unknown cast or not trusting Guy Ritchie with a Disney movie, but I had my doubts. Fortunately, those doubts were for naught as the result is a competent ... [More]

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Friday, October 4, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

Making a musical that is even tangentially related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks is a risky proposition. It requires the skill, patience and deftness of threading a needle and makes you wonder why anyone would even want to try. Fortunately, the effort was made or else we never would have got &l... [More]

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Friday, October 4, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

Pokemon have been a worldwide phenomenon for the better part of three decades. But beyond the card game, the animated TV show and various video games (remember that summer we all aimlessly wandered the city streets playing “Pokemon GO”?), Pokemon never really caught on at the movies. ... [More]

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Friday, October 4, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

Monsters aren’t created in a vacuum. There are outside forces of pressure and heat that bubble and churn to the point the monster is almost an inevitability. That is the argument made by “Joker,” a gritty and effective character study of the origins of Batman’s arch neme... [More]