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Friday, October 5, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

“A Star Is Born” is an old story. So old, in fact, it was first told in 1937 and then again three more times. The reason this story stays evergreen is because the glories and horrors of fame and fortune continue to play out in places like Hollywood, Nashville and New York City again... [More]

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Friday, October 5, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

It’s almost impossible to view Venom in a vacuum. The character became popular as a Spider-Man nemesis, a super-cool bad guy who was as much an anti-hero as he was a villain. Before Marvel became a movie studio, they let other people make movies with their characters. Sony made a lot of m... [More]

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Friday, September 14, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

Movies and TV shows about upper-middle-class white women with dark secrets have been popping up repeatedly over the past few years. From “Gone Girl” to “Girl on a Train” to “Big Little Lies,” murder, adultery and grand larceny seem to be lying in wait in every cul... [More]

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Friday, September 14, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

Puppets behaving badly should somehow feel edgier. And while “The Happytime Murders” does push a lot of boundaries, most of it feels pretty stale and familiar. At the very least, this movie has a pedigree, because if you’re going to make a film with puppets, you better have a ... [More]

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Friday, September 14, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

The “Teen Titans Go!” animated TV show brings an incredible amount of silly ridiculousness to the DC universe of superheroes, to the point it makes “The Lego Batman” movie look like “12 Angry Men.” It’s always good if you’re in the mood for a juve... [More]

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Friday, September 14, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

The brilliance of Marvel is even though they keep cranking out superhero movie after superhero movie, they keep things fresh by allowing each film to have its own tone and style. Operating in the breezy, low-stakes corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Ant-Man. Coming along after the apoca... [More]

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

  I’m not the most objective critic when it comes to the “Jurassic Park” franchise. The original movie came out when I was 15 as my lifelong fascination with dinosaurs and Steven Spielberg coalesced into blowing my pubescent mind. I saw it seven times in the theater. I free... [More]

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Sunday, June 17, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

  Just the idea of a group of grown men playing the same game of tag for 30 years is enough to bring a smile to your face. The movie “Tag” is banking on more than just a smile though, as this high-concept comedy has assembled a powerhouse cast to bring all this silliness to the big... [More]

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Sunday, June 17, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

Hollywood loves guilt by association. The thought being reminding people of a popular film property will be enough to drive butts to seats. It works often enough, but sometimes a movie can get burned by the comparisons. The “Ocean’s Eleven” film series got by on an all-star ca... [More]

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Sunday, June 17, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

Now that the initial shock has worn off that those “South Park” guys could produce a racy hit musical, “The Book of Mormon” has settled into the role of a landmark show that enjoys revivals and touring productions. The show’s staying power is credit to creators Trey Pa... [More]