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Friday, October 6, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

The label “guilty pleasure” gets thrown around an awful lot and is supposed to be reserved for things you enjoy, but know deep in your heart of hearts is terrible. But what happens when that “guilty pleasure” is wrapped around something that is genuinely and legitimately fan... [More]

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Friday, October 6, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

There’s a saying about great actors that they are so good you would pay money to watch them read out of a phone book. I suppose one notch down from that is you would watch them stranded on top of a mountain. “The Mountain Between Us” puts this theory to the test, as Idris Elba and... [More]

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

The romantic perception of great writers is they are brilliant, but tortured souls. Nobody fits this bill better than J.D. Salinger, the celebrated author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” who went on to become the most famous recluse of the 20th century. The movie “Rebel in the Rye&rd... [More]

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Friday, September 8, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

Adolescence is terrifying. It is in that transition from kid to adult when it slowly occurs to you very little protects you from the dangerous realities of a cold, cruel world. Throw in acne and body hair; and a fear-sucking, child-eating, shape-shifting, demon clown doesn’t seem that far outs... [More]

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Friday, August 4, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

“The Dark Tower” is Stephen King’s multi-book, sci-fi/fantasy epic that is as sprawling as it is bizarre. “The Dark Tower” movie boils all this down into 95 minutes, which feels a little like trying to familiarize yourself with The Beatles by listening to the Muzak vers... [More]

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Friday, August 4, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Detroit” is the third rail of the summer movie landscape. This provocative and gritty movie depicts an era in American history that, while much more volatile, rings painfully true in our current political climate. This movie has its flaws, but it excels at its main purpose of putting i... [More]

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

From a plot standpoint, “Atomic Blonde” is a conventional, ho-hum spy thriller filled with crosses, double-crosses and car chases. But, this movie has three aces up its sleeve that kick it into a higher gear, namely its star, its strong sense of time and place, and a show-stopping fight... [More]

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

Great comedy is ageless. For proof look no further than Steve Martin (71) and Martin Short (67) who brought their standup/concert/variety show to the Fox Theatre on July 20. Billed as both “A Night You’ll Forget for the Rest of Your Life” and “See Them Before They’re D... [More]

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Friday, July 21, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

Christopher Nolan is one of the boldest and most talented filmmakers working today. His ability to combine stunning visuals with compelling, twisty-turny plotlines has made him one of Hollywood’s most bankable and creative directors. He’s probably best known for “The Dark Knight&r... [More]

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Friday, July 21, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

One of the best things about science fiction is it can give filmmakers permission to get weird. French director Luc Besson doesn’t need anyone’s permission to get weird, but when he does dabble in sci-fi, you know you’re unquestionably in for an eye-popping, oddball treat. The mos... [More]