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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]

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Saturday, March 30, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

Making a movie is hard. You need a lot of people putting in a lot of hours and there aren’t many guarantees of success. There are a lot of reasons for a movie to be bad from laziness to sloppiness to shameless money grabs. Those movies are easy to kick. Sometimes a movie is bad not b... [More]

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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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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]