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Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

There’s an old Pogo comic strip that features the famous line “We have seen the enemy, and he is us.” That sentiment is at the heart of the new horror film “Us” from writer/director Jordan Peele, a nearly-successful follow up to his brilliant debut “Get Out.&... [More]

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

If you’ve ever been at a sporting event and seen a spectator run onto the field, it generates complicated response. Clearly, the guy (it’s almost always a guy) shouldn’t be out there and he’s delaying the event you’ve paid good money to see in the first place. But,... [More]

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

“And the hits just keep on coming!” That old Top 40 radio tagline used to be a promise of familiar, catchy tunes, but it also could be applied to “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” The story of the struggles of and successes of the 1960s hit songwriter turned 197... [More]

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

So I, along with 76,000 of my closest friends, took in a Garth Brooks concert on March 9, at the (renamed for 48 hours) Garth Brooks Dome at America's Center, in downtown St. Louis. This is an insane amount of people to be in one place for anything, but there we were and Garth was right in the ... [More]

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Friday, March 8, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

Even though we are officially oversaturated with superhero movies, Marvel is giving us some spandex-clad saviors that at least look different than all the other ones out there. In fact, it’s kind of amazing even though we can’t go five minutes without a new superhero movie coming ou... [More]

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Saturday, February 23, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

The “How to Train Your Dragon” movie franchise has staked out its own distinctive corner of family entertainment over the past decade. It was quirky with a sarcastic tone, but also landed strong emotional beats and took big chances, like killing off major characters. Now that we&rsq... [More]

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Saturday, February 23, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

Nobody really saw “The Lego Movie” coming. In what at first glance appeared to be shameless corporate cross-promotion designed to get kids to buy more toys, instead turned out to be a clever, heartwarming pop-culture mashup extolling the power of imagination with a super-catchy them... [More]

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Saturday, February 23, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

It’s tough to get more iconic than “Fiddler on the Roof” when it comes to musicals. This bittersweet depiction of Jewish life in Russia at the dawn of the 20th century has been performed everywhere from the lights of Broadway to countless high school auditoriums. The show is t... [More]

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

  As both a film nerd and a history nerd, I have a standing protest against the very idea behind the new WWI documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old.” Gimmicks like colorization and adding 3D and sound to historical footage are typically barriers to the original, first-take view of hi... [More]

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Monday, January 21, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

M. Night Shyamalan just stuck the landing on one of the most unconventional trilogies in cinematic history. It started with “Unbreakable,” his slow-burn take on comic-book mythos that came out in the year 2000 in the middle of the writer/director’s meteoric rise to superstardo... [More]