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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]

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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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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]

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

J.K. Rowling could have easily just taken her hundreds of millions of dollars from her creation of the “Harry Potter” universe and happily spent the rest of her life without dreaming up any more magic spells or silly wizard names. Instead, she switched from novels to screenplays, pe... [More]

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Friday, November 9, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

I’ve never really understood the need to mess with perfection. The 1966 animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is about as classic as holiday entertainment gets. Helmed by Looney Tunes directors Chuck Jones and Ben Washam and narrated by Bori... [More]