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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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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

Pokemon have been a worldwide phenomenon for the better part of three decades. But beyond the card game, the animated TV show and various video games (remember that summer we all aimlessly wandered the city streets playing “Pokemon GO”?), Pokemon never really caught on at the movies. ... [More]

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Friday, October 4, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

Monsters aren’t created in a vacuum. There are outside forces of pressure and heat that bubble and churn to the point the monster is almost an inevitability. That is the argument made by “Joker,” a gritty and effective character study of the origins of Batman’s arch neme... [More]

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Friday, April 26, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has loomed large over pop culture over the past decade with 22 movies that dominated the box office and were, by-and-large, about as high of quality films as you could hope for in the superhero, smash and boom genre. But now it’s all come down to this, &ldquo... [More]

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Saturday, March 30, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Dumbo” is a beloved classic, but it was probably the most problematic in regards to Disney’s relentless attempt to create live-action remakes of all of their animated films. Made in 1941, it is certainly a movie of its time. It’s barely an hour long, it features a pack ... [More]