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Friday, November 22, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

In this era of sequels and reboots and sequels to reboots and sequels that pretend none of the reboots even happened, of course we wind up with “Terminator: Dark Fate.” For those of you keeping score at home, this is technically the sixth movie in the Terminator franchise, but as a ... [More]

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Friday, November 22, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

Typically, musicals shy away from hard-hitting issues, mostly because the last thing people dealing with heart-wrenching, real-life problems do is break into song. This is not to say it can’t be done, it’s just the degree of difficulty is ridiculously high. That’s what makes &... [More]

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Friday, November 22, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

“The Addams Family” has become a cultural touchstone as the tight-knit clan with a good-naturedly morbid sensibility has been portrayed over the past 70 years in everything from television to movies to even the Broadway stage. But it all began in 1938, with nothing more than pen, in... [More]

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Friday, November 22, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Gemini Man” feels a little like a movie lost in time. With a plotline from the 1970s, action sensibilities of the 1990s and special effects from the 20-teens, it’s a little hard to get your bearings. The result is about what you would expect, a mixed bag that just barely make... [More]

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Friday, November 22, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

Musicals just might be the best art form to celebrate joy. They don’t have to be profound or epic, but they can make you smile from ear to ear with nothing more than some catchy tunes, energetic dancing a whole lot of charm. “Hello, Dolly!” is certainly one of those musicals t... [More]

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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]