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Friday, July 7, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

Spider-Man is a character that has spent the past decade trapped in a web of competing corporate interests. Arguably the most famous character in Marvel Comics gallery of heroes, Spider-Man was launched onto the big screen by Sony in 2002, as “Spider-Man” starring Tobey Maguire proved su... [More]

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Monday, July 3, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

Movies get made for one of three reasons: to make a buck, to fulfill a creative vision or, because if they didn’t get made, you would essentially be leaving money on the table. “Despicable Me 3” falls squarely in that third category because there isn’t really much more of a ... [More]

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Monday, June 12, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

“The Mummy” is about as Hollywood a movie as you can get these days. Led by a bonafide “movie star” in an attempt to turn a venerable movie studio’s collection of classic monsters into some sort of a franchise — dollar signs and cynicism practically drip off ... [More]

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

It seems like just when we need them, the perfect superhero for the moment emerges at the box office. Christopher Reeve and Superman brought a much needed jolt of truth, justice and the American Way, helping close the door on the down-and-out 1970s. Post-9/11, we turned to Christopher Nolan’s... [More]

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Sunday, May 21, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

There was some disappointment from fans of the “Alien” franchise with the prequel “Prometheus.” Mainly in that it was a bit of a departure from the “Holy crap! Terrifying creature! Run!” formula the series at its peaks had done remarkably well. “Prometheus,... [More]

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Monday, May 15, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

The legend of King Arthur is the genesis of the English monarchy and a tale as old as the language itself. It’s also been given regular tweaks and updates throughout the centuries as everyone from Mark Twain to Walt Disney to Monty Python have taken a stab at it. (“On second thought, let... [More]

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Friday, May 5, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

There are some people you enjoy hanging out with no matter what is going on. The lovable gang of misfits who make up the Guardians of the Galaxy certainly fit that bill. What makes it even better is these guys don’t just sit around, but manage to get themselves into some pretty spectacular sc... [More]

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Saturday, April 22, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

If you’re going to make a movie about a particularly dark time in history, you have to tread lightly. You really only have two paths forward — you can either stick to the facts and shock the conscience (think “Schindler’s List”), or push the horror and bloodshed t... [More]

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A group of crew members are trapped in space while an extraterrestrial lifeform picks them off one by ... oh, so then you have seen a science-fiction movie in the past 30 years. So “Life” isn’t winning any points for originality. It&r... [More]

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Friday, March 24, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Motown The Musical” is an ambitious and mostly effective production; however, it ultimately falls victim to the rarest of problems, simultaneously delivering too much and not enough. On paper, this show is a slam dunk — just feature the songs of arguably the most influential... [More]