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Dienstag, Februar 20, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

Sometimes, a movie’s importance eclipses its quality. “Black Panther” is a really solid superhero movie in and of itself. It’s got the same problems most superhero movies have, especially when the computer-generated chaos swings into full gear. But, “Black Panther&rdq... [More]

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Sonntag, Februar 11, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

Well, we made it. After three years, we’ve reached the end of the “Fifty Shades” trilogy with “Fifty Shades Freed.” But, before we examine this cinematic equivalent of a wet blanket being dropped onto the sidewalk from a third-story window, let’s take a look back... [More]

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Freitag, November 17, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

As the DC superheroes desperately try to mimic the cinematic success of Marvel, their rollout of films has been like watching a Fiat try to race a Ferrari. Probably the biggest mistake they’ve made is having director Zack Snyder be the architect of the DC cinematic universe. Snyder as a dire... [More]

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Freitag, November 17, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

The live-action family-film has become a bit of an endangered species, especially ones with genuine heart and sentiment. It’s like stumbling across a dodo bird in your backyard. “Wonder” falls into that rare category and scores without falling into the trap of being overly sappy o... [More]

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Freitag, November 3, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

Thor has always been a bit of an odd man out in the Avengers crew. He’s the only one not from Earth, his extended family causes a whole lot of the problems and he’s got the best hair. Thor is gamely played by Chris Hemsworth and certainly holds his own when the crew comes together, but ... [More]

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Freitag, Oktober 27, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

Several years ago, Stephen Spielberg took over the film “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” a film that was being developed by Stanley Kubrick before he died. The results were mixed at best and the lesson seemed to be when filmmakers cross-pollinate, you’re likely going to end up with ... [More]

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Montag, Oktober 23, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

There is so much wrong with “The Snowman,” I thought I would first focus on the one positive just to be a decent guy. The movie is grandly and unapologetically Scandinavian (albeit with an English-speaking cast). Set in Norway and directed by a Swede (Tomas Alfredson of “Let the R... [More]

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Freitag, Oktober 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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Mittwoch, 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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Freitag, 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]